Even if there was no clear winner on debate points.
I wasn't too surprised with the snap poll results after the debate. Obama had the lead going in and all he had to do was look as credible as a candidate as the other guy on an issue that should have favored McCain. It was pretty much a tie on the issues, except for a few minor slams like Obama had on Iraq ("Wrong, wrong, wrong" - paraphrased).
Obama has clearly been head and shoulders above McCain.
McCain was behind going into the debate - trailing in the wake of his self propelled disaster filled campaign the last couple of weeks - and not hitting any homeruns when he needed at least a few didn't help him at all to get his flailing campaign back on track.
Obama Leads and McCain Attacks
I find the whole thing about Obama supposedly not attacking enough - some Bloggers complain - and conceding points to McCain occasionally was a bit of a non-issue for Obama and a tell on McCain.
What does a leader do in a race? He leads.
What does the trailer do in a race? He attacks.
That isn't to say that Obama shouldn't hit back when there is a big opening. But Obama sounds and acts like the leader and McCain sounds and acts like a VP attack dog on a witch hunt or campaign surrogate should.
Speaking of which...
The Palin Drinking Game
You can't make stuff like this up! Biden was out there doing the attack thing on the news shows after the debate... Where was Palin?
McCain Playing Hide The VP Candidate
and Chris Shays with their pet neocon and
foreign policy poodle Joe Lieberman
[update] Barack Obama really did something right... The independent voter numbers in every category are way beyond anyone's expectations in the Media Curves poll:
Media Curves found that 61% of Independents believed Obama won the debate, while 38.89% favored McCain as the winner. On each of the eight topics, Obama was a clear winner among Independents, with his highest score coming on the Iran issue - two-thirds of Independents thought he won this question. And, it's hard to argue with these three post-debate polls at RCP- they all have Obama outperforming McCain.These immediate numbers must be alarming to the floundering McCain campaign even if nobody on the left expects McCain supporters to come out and admit publicly. Then again, we didn't expect McCain supporters to come out against Palin publicly but they did because they have realized that she was that bad a choice.