I think McCain definitely won this one. It’s probably overstating things to say that Obama “imploded“, but he did say some things that I think he’ll regret when they’re rightfully pointed out by the McCain campaign. (I’m sure that some parts of his base are not happy to hear his backhanded admission that we’re winning in Iraq or his “support” for nuclear power.)
McCain did very well on the initial economic questions. He was forceful and clear about the need for bipartisan reform, tax relief, and serious spending cuts (including wasteful military programs). By comparison, every time Obama was asked about what he would cut he responded by blaming Bush (he should remember that Bush is not running) and promising even more spending.
What struck me me most was how shallow Obama’s foreign policy answers actually seemed compared to McCain’s. McCain’s a walking encyclopedia on every international hot-spot of the last 25 years. Obama skimmed through the Democratic Party Cliff Notes edition.
It’s also becoming clear that Obama cannot admit when he is wrong about anything. Not Iraq, not the surge, not “no preconditions” with Iran, not his initial criticism of Georgia defending itself against Russian invasion. Obama did, however, spend a whole lot of time pointing out all the times McCain was right. 🙂