Atlantis Alumni

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Did Obama Win The Debate?

Much of the post-debate conventional wisdom seems to give Obama the win. This is based upon viewing Obama's kalm and kool performance against McCain as strategically smart, sort of a political "rope-a-dope" ploy that had the effect of showing McCain as an angry old man and Obama as someone voters can be comfortable voting for.

Maybe the majority of the pundits are right and I'm wrong, but Maureen Dowd and I are in agreement about Obama's debate performance:

Given the past week, the debate should have been a cinch for Obama. But, just as in the
primaries, he willfully refuses to accept what debates are about. It’s not a
lecture hall; it’s a joust. It’s not how cerebral you are. It’s how visceral you
are. You need memorable, sharp, forceful and witty lines.
Even when McCain
sneered, “I don’t need any on-the-job training, I’m ready to go at it right
now,” Obama didn’t directly respond,
but veered off into a story about his father being from Kenya and how he got his
name. (Thanks, Barack, we got that from your book. It’s great for a
memoir, but not a debate.)
McCain kept painting Obama as naïve, and dangerous,
insisting that he “doesn’t quite understand or doesn’t get it.”
Obama should have
responded “Senator, I understand perfectly, I’m just saying you’re wrong.”

So we'll see in the next debate if either candidate changes their tactics.


No comments: