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He lost by being McCain - all punk in a suit, no genuine gravitas.

McCain is A Certain Kind of Person, and he's just too close to Bush temperamentally and culturally to be credible today.

Being delusional, inept, patronising and entitled is all part of the young-patrician package, but when people's homes and pensions are evaporating before their eyes, that's just not a credible combination.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Oct 15th, 2008 at 11:33:58 PM EST
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TBG - how did you watch or listen to the debate?  

Interested to see what foreign analysts thought/said.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Wed Oct 15th, 2008 at 11:43:01 PM EST
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Streaming.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Oct 16th, 2008 at 05:11:39 AM EST
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The insta-polls are the greatest invention since the Interwebz in politics.  After each debate, the talking heads crank up the shilling for McCain.  And each time the insta-polls have shut them up.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed Oct 15th, 2008 at 11:44:25 PM EST
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Isn't it nice?  

One of these days someone is going to flat out say, "You were wrong here.  You where wrong then.  You were wrong then.  Why don't you STFU and wait for the polling."

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Wed Oct 15th, 2008 at 11:52:49 PM EST
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I don't have a problem with someone arguing against the grain of instapoll results.  Sometimes - on reflection - a win in terms of instantaneous reactions but not in terms of longer term considered reflection.  I do have a problem with pundits who can't present a coherent argument or don't understand their own polls - like that idiot who thought the viewer poll was skewed in favour of democrats when it reflected the actual population of party ID pretty accurately.

Vote McCain for war without gain
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Oct 16th, 2008 at 11:47:56 AM EST
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