And the winner is
This one wasn’t even close. Obama was fluid, specific and forceful on nearly every issues. McCain was irritable, sarcastic and dismissive of Obama. The best turn was on Pakistan, when McCain talked about “talking softly and carrying a big stick.” Obama, showing how much he has grown as a debater, immediately pounced, riffing on McCain’s “bomb bomb bomb Iran” comments. Devastating. The snap polls are universally in Obama’s favor:
The CBS News poll of undecided voters went for Obama 39%-27%. The Fox News focus group went for Obama. The CNN focus group went for Obama, but barely.
CNN national poll numbers coming soon…
And here they are: Among national voters, Obama wins 54%-30%. Yikes.
And of course, what everybody is buzzing about, McCain’s dismissive reference of Obama as “that one”:
This has already raised eyebrows, and in a debate with no other fireworks really, this could drive the narrative tomorrow.