Friday, September 26, 2008
McCain Decides to Show Up for Debate
A Newsmax.com article states that Sen. John McCain will be going to Mississippi after all to debate Barack Obama.
"With less than 10 hours until the debate was scheduled to start, the McCain campaign announced that the Arizona senator would travel to the University of Mississippi. The campaign said that afterward McCain would return to Washington to continue working on the financial crisis."
Earlier this morning, I wrote the following comment to a friend: " We can't misunderestimate McCain anymore. Although Obama has more money and the legacy media in his hip pocket, the Republican has been employing tactics and strategy like a good general: he has a grasp as to what the opposition is doing, understands the importance of nimbleness, decisiveness, and surprise, and did an excellent job maintaining secrecy just before he unveiled Gov. Palin as his running mate.... It is ironic that his rival should taunt him for postponing the debate that was supposed to happen today, when Obama went out of his way to avoid debating McCain in the first place."
UPDATE: The first debate has just ended, and I agree with Stephen Green on Pajamas Media that in general, while both candidates sounded alert and well-informed, Sen. McCain had the upper hand, especially on world affairs. Obama spent too much time beating a dead horse (the Bush Administration), trying unsuccessfully to label McCain as "Bush III," and pitting the very rich against the rest of America. McCain focused on his strengths (experience, not being afraid to take unpopular stands, and showing his understanding of world affairs). In my opinion, Obama flip-flopped more often on the issues, while McCain added a human touch to his remarks by using more anecdotes, remembering the name on his bracelet, and describing his own reactions to historic events.