Wow did McCain bomb tonight. Holy shit! HuffPo has the rundown of the news networks, who all gave it to Obama (even FOX). Instead of spending time writing out my words on this, I am going to let Andrew Sullivan speak for me:
This was, I think, a mauling: a devastating and possibly electorally fatal debate for McCain. Even on Russia, he sounded a little out of it. I’ve watched a lot of debates and participated in many. I love debate and was trained as a boy in the British system to be a debater. I debated dozens of times at Oxofrd. All I can say is that, simply on terms of substance, clarity, empathy, style and authority, this has not just been an Obama victory. It has been a wipe-out.It has been about as big a wipe-out as I can remember in a presidential debate. It reminds me of the 1992 Clinton-Perot-Bush debate. I don’t really see how the McCain campaign survives this.
I feel the exact same way. It seems as though many on the right are echoing those thoughts tonight. Markos has a great rundown of other conservatives who weren’t impressed at all.
Another thing – should McCain thank Obama? Remember when McCain wanted to do all these town halls with Obama? Well we see what that may have looked like. Of course McCain maybe thought he needed practice before the big one tonight, which speaks badly in itself that a seasoned politician like McCain would need practice against the “inexperienced” Obama.