A commenter at Instapundit said:
I thought it was pretty much a rehash of the first debate, but the format did not favor McCain since his age and injuries make his movement around the floor so much less fluid than Obama's. McCain did tone down his expressions of contempt for Obama and his experience etc., which may actually help him. But I don't think McCain gained anything, so he will probably keep losing ground.Allowing for some shade of difference on each point, I agree with the commenter except that McCain’s opening promise he wanted the federal government to pick up the burden for people with mortgage payment problems wasn’t anything like a rehash.
It must have surprised a lot of people and gotten them thinking: “Darn! I’m up to date on my mortgage payments. I guess I can’t quality for this new government entitlement McCain’s proposing. If I fall behind on my payments, can I then qualify? What if I don’t pay my property taxes? Will McCain arrange for the federal government to pay them for me?”
I’ve been listening to the Fox commenters. They agree the debate wasn’t a game-changer.
So do I.
If limited to three words to sum how each candidate came across, I’d go with -
Obama - informed, articulate, cool
McCain – strained, repetitive, pleading
I’ll bet a lot of you will disagree with me.
What say you?