In order to change that, McCain would have had to deliver a breakthrough. He didn't. If you favored him, he did well enough for you to tout his victory. But if you didn't, nothing he said or did would have flipped you into his column. Best line of all is from Melissa McEwan:
McCain needed to win; he did not. He got owned. Say goodnight, Johnny. It's President That One to you.I'll tell you (though you know I'm biased going in) that Obama did better on substance, style, energy, focus, and looking, as Buffy once said, "very commandery." He did himself some good in bringing home some undecideds.
I'll tell you that McCain started strong, but tired out through the debate, puttered aimlessly across the stage, looked grumpy and uncomfortable when Obama spoke, came to life briefly when he gave a navy guy a back pat and a handshake.
I'll tell you that the CNN audience dial-a-smile didn't seem very interested in what McCain had to say.
I don't have to tell you, because you probably read it elsewhere that the insta-polls gave it decisively to Obama.
I won't miss Tom ("Is Russia evil?") Brokaw.
Mickeleh's Take: If you want Obama in the White House, don't let up. We still have four long weeks to go. But smile while you work.