So first thing’s first: I didn’t see all of the debate. I was watching in erm, mixed company, and felt that subjecting my guests to unrestrained yelling at the TV that may or may not contradict their own personal beliefs was certainly no way to be a good host. I’ll have more, surely outdated opinion later when I’ve had time to watch the whole thing. For now though, you’ll have to settle for a few links.
- Ezra Klein makes the case that McCain’s problem wasn’t his delivery (though the contempt doesn’t help), it’s simply that he’s in the undesirable position of defending policies that over the past 8 years have been largely exposed as terrible. Ezra also makes a point that liberals underestimate the power of Obama simply “holding his own” in the foreign policy debate, because liberals consider McCain’s foreign policy stupid to begin with while most people consider him some sort of wise sage.
- Snap polls show an Obama victory, especially among undecideds, but Amy Sullivan warns not to read too much into this: it doesn’t mean they made up their minds.
- Nate Silver gets into the nitty gritty and in particular shows how Obama’s win was greater when you look at how voters weigh the issues.
- Matt Yglesias notes that one plus to picking a legitimate running mate is that they can go on the teevees and hammer your points home. Sarah Palin meanwhile, nowhere to be seen.
Like I said, I’ll be back later with some of my own thoughts, but for now, here’s a video of Biden’s post-debate pwnage.