7th Inning Stretch

It’s over. Not only the debates, but, I think the election. Barring some unforseen miracle, this was the final nail in McCain’s coffin. Where he may have thought he was coming out strong, Mac, simply came off mean, bitter and a bit whiny. Rather than answer questions directly, he chose to play the “Let me tell you what He’s gonna do!” game.

It’s never a good idea, when your down by double digits in the poll, your party is looking at a historic drubbing, to try and smear shit on the other fellow; it only sticks to your fingers and makes people wonder what the stink is. 

Bob Schieffer brought up the Ayers ads, McCain seized it, and Obama grabbed it away and swatted Mac on the nose. It has always been a nonissue, and Obama made that point tonight. ACORN came up, and, well just rinse and repeat. Where Mccain attacked, Obama remained calm and shot down the assaults with no more effort than swatting a dead fly. Perhaps my favorite moment, is when Mccain once again asked how much a penalty Joe Plumber would pay for not insuring his workers, and Barack answered “Zero”.

McCain’s incredulous, “What?” was priceless. Republicans may praise Mccain for his attacks, but it didn’t work. It came off as snide, and condescending.  And that’s McCain’s biggest problem; POW status aside, he’s not likable and comes off like a smug prick. The only time he didn’t have that smarmy smile is when he was asked if he thought his running mate, was fit to take his place. Once he answered, it was everyone else’s turn to smile and laugh.

Congratulations President Obama, don’t let us down.

“That guy.”

In the first debate, pundits said, since it was on foreign policy, it was in McCain’s favor. They were wrong. For the second debate, it was a townhall meeting, a Mccain specialty, he’ll do well. Again they were wrong. Now before everyone thinks I’m not going to critisize Obama, I will. I thought he could have done better. There were a couple of questions I thought he could have answered with more specifics, and managed to avoid another couple of others. Still, with that in mind, McCain was completely off his game. 

His biggest gaffe, which will be replayed ad nauseam is referring to Obama, as “that guy”, giving a little jab in Barack’s direction, without so much as a glance. At the end of the debate, he avoided a handshake and then left the building less than 5 minutes after the debate, while Barack stayed for more than half an hour. 

John, when you have a room of undecideds, it’s bad form to leave. Perhaps, he knows he’s the captain of a sinking ship and is only going through the motions of being in control, until Nov 4th when he can finally retire to one of his 7 homes and drive one of his 13 cars. When someone says, (as McCain did), he would freeze government spending and then suggests the government buy up the foreclosures, all you can do is go, WTF? Has he been taking speech lessons from Nikita? McCain really needed to overwhelmingly win this debate in order to stay in the race.

  • But he didn’t. In fact, given his performance, he didn’t even seem to care. Well, if he doesn’t care, then why should we?