A memo to Obama’s debate team…

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Sweet mother of Troy… could you please stop studying the damn Kerry tapes?  My lord this is awful…

UPDATE: Our small debate party (four people) thought that Obama straight up lost.  We have talked to a lot of others that suggest otherwise.  Web opinion polls suggest otherwise.  We are confused over here…

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  • I thought Obama did better — although I thought McCain did better than I expected.

    Obama seemed to have a lot of info at his command and seemed more at ease. He did interrupt a little too much, IMHO. He kicked *ss on taxation and the economy; people are p*ssed at the bailout, and Obama made sure to connect the bailout to people’s everyday concerns. The Spain comment was awesome. I did think Obama fumbled Iraq. What about the political failure of the surge? What about the Iraqi people and the Iraqi government wanting us to leave? Why didn’t Obama challenge McCain to define what a “win” in Iraq was, and mention the 100 bombings a day?

    McCain did well, I thought, to bring up all the places he visited. That demonstrated his experience without having to say it. I think we was better on Iraq — not because he was right — but because he kept up this one-note “winning” theme that Obama never challenged well. McCain tanked on the bailout and the economy, though, and that’s what’s on people’s minds first and foremost. Also, I think his annoying habit of saying Obama’s “naive” or “just doesn’t get it” seemed like a petulant old dude lecturing the young upstart — who just demonstrated with his easy grasp of the issues that he does “get it.”

    The talking heads are all over the body posturing, etc. That Obama looked in the television and at his opponent, while McCain looked like an irritated old guy. Based on some of the polls and focus groups, it seems like people picked up on that…

    At worst I call it a tie — though this was supposed to be Obama’s weak point, national security.

  • What will be interesting to me is to see how the debate will play out in the polls. I came across a site last night that suggested that, at least in a few instances, the winner of the debate in public polling actually LOST ground in national polling.

    Ah, America.

  • What will be interesting to me is to see how the debate will play out in the polls. I came across a site last night that suggested that, at least in a few instances, the winner of the debate in public polling actually LOST ground in national polling.

    Ah, America.

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