The further I get from the debate the more I think John McCain lost it by a wide margin (not withstanding Fox News‘ poll that had 89% saying McCain won….. amazing).
The biggest things that stand out now:
1. John McCain, when asked by moderator Tom Brokaw (who really stunk) who he’d appoint as Treasury Secretary said, at first, that Barack Obama had a great advisor in Warren Buffett.
2. In the same question McCain chooses to bring up Meg Whitman as a great choice. Had he left it at that it might have gone quietly but instead he points out that she was the CEO of ebay and talked about how great ebay is. This speaks heavily as to how out-of-touch McCain can be. Did no one mention to McCain that ebay announced a huge layoff of 1,600 jobs or 10% of it’s entire workforce?
3. Somehow McCain wants us to believe that he has the better judgment and underscores that by refering to Obama as, “That one” in a dismissive insulting manner. This shows a complete lack of any comprehension of common sense. For a number of valid reasons you don’t refer to someone else, especially someone of color, as “that one”.
4. McCain had a huge gaffe when he tried to paint Obama as erratic and inexperienced. When Obama started to respond McCain pushed the door wide-open for Obama when, in response to Obama’s retort that mentioned McCain stating he’s stable, said, “Thank you!” At this Obama then hung McCain out to dry by reminding everyone that McCain was the one that wanted to obliterate North Korea, sang “Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” and wanted to race into Baghdad well before the right time. You could see McCain visibly cringe when he realized he stepped into this.
5. “It’s like nailing jello to the wall. Sooner or later there’ll be another one.” This in suggesting Obama wants to raise taxes. What the heck does that even mean?
6. His total body language and condescending tone throughout the debate was completely off-putting. He needs to stop saying, “My friends”. My friends are of my choosing. Do not call me a friend when you don’t have any clue who I am or what I stand for. It suggests to me that you’re trying to sell me a snow job. Add to this the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae comment to a questioner and it’s just all bad.