I disagree. The players were making their comments for the viewing audience and, IMHO, theaudience is as as dumb as sheep. McCain adapted the old "revert to a simple mantra" tactic that is often reccomended for "expert witnesses" in depositions. McCain was carefully spreading stuff like
"What Sen Obama doesnt understand" or "Sen Obama, once again shows his lack of understanding..." Its a cheap trick, having nothing to do with facts(yet its very effective).
McCain also had distorted the truth several times, like his actual invoking of his "energy Record" in Congress, when its clearly checkable on Congressional voting records that McCain has probably the worst voting record on this topic in recent years(I dont mean that hes voted incorrectly--hes mostly failed to even vote on an issues, or else hes voted "present")
In just tactics, Id say that McCain had the edge. Obama had better learn to stop being so damn cerebral and stop saying **** like"I agree with Sen McCain". In these debates he needs to cultivate a street fighter mentality.
I k now that his strategy was more to introduce himself to the audience, and in that fashion Obama had held his own and reaped several post-debate percentage points because Americans are, for the most part, just sick and tired of anything that smacks of BUSH, and one small area that Obama had some success, was to associate McCain with Bush. (There was a laughble exchange where McCain had attempted to acceuter Obama with the vestments of BUSHISM, that indeed was kind of funny, even Obama was laughing.
In thiw one, Im giving the edge to McCain , but with a realization that Obama was adopting a strategy of gradual unfolding of his personality and , in that respect, Obama looked like a huge detached intellect compared to the easily perturbed, petty, and kind of doddering old guard that is McCain.
Of course thats my HO, I was more pissed that they preempted a "FAmily Guy" mini-marathon.