A Debate Post-Mortem: McXplosions, Weird Faces and the Turkey Lurchy-Lurch

The Debate Post-Mortem: Mcplosion, Weird Faces and Lurchy-Lurch

The Third Presidential Debate: The Beauty and The Beast

In the third Presidential debate last Tuesday, John McCain was a cranky, befuddled and unpleasant embarrassment. Jeff Schweitzer concluded that, “The split screen TV killed the McCain campaign, delivering the final blow by offering the audience a clear view of the Beauty and the Beast. On one screen we saw a calm Obama, attentively listening to his opponent, then responding with coherent, concise retorts. On the other, we saw a squirming, smirking, eye-rolling, angry McCain looking uncomfortable in his own skin, stumbling through his anger to come up with a stuttering reply.”

Marty Kaplan described McCain as coming across as angrier and meaner than ever before. “Every time Obama spoke, McCain grimaced, sneered, or rolled his eyes. By contrast, every time McCain was on the attack, Obama smiled. Ninety minutes of John McCain making faces was more than enough for a lifetime. He smirked. He grimaced. He sneered. He fake-smiled. It’s hard to imagine anyone willingly inviting that antic lemon-sucking grinfest into their homes for the next four years.”

The more rage he felt, the more weird his expressions became, as he made increasingly odd faces. It’s ironic that it was McCain who more than once warned debate observers to beware of Obama’s eloquence, because if you ignored McCain’s words Tuesday night, there was nothing left to do but be mesmerized by the bizarre dance being done by his cheeks, his lips, his eyebrows and his eyes.

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Finally, Joe the Plumber’s Post-Debate Poll Results:

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The Final Presidential Debate: Obama Overwhelms McCain by Huge Margins

The Final Presidential Debate: Obama Overwhelms McCain by Huge Margins

Barack Obama Sweeps Post-Debate Polls

The New York Times gives interested readers a detailed review of last night’s third presidential debate between Senators Barack Obama and John McCain, as well as a transcript of the debate. In addition, the Times provides a video of the debate.

A new CBS News/New York Times poll showed that Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama entered the debate with a wide lead over Republican rival John McCain nationally. According to that poll, the Obama-Biden ticket now leads the McCain-Palin ticket 53 percent to 39 percent among likely voters, a 14-point margin. Just one week ago, prior to the Town Hall debate that uncommitted voters saw as a win for Obama, that margin was just three points.

Further, among independents who are likely voters, a group that has swung back and forth between McCain and Obama over the course of the campaign, the Democratic ticket now leads by 18 points. McCain led among independents last week. It appears that McCain’s campaign strategy is hurting hurt him: Twenty-one percent of voters say their opinion of the Republican has changed for the worse in the last few weeks. The top two reasons cited for the change of heart are McCain’s attacks on Obama and his choice of Sarah Palin as running mate.

A number of post-debate polls have concluded that Obama trounced McCain by wide margins in the debate. Early results in the CBS News and Knowledge Network’s national poll of uncommitted voters after last night’s debate found that fifty-three percent of the uncommitted voters surveyed identified Democratic nominee Barack Obama as the winner of tonight’s debate. Only twenty-two percent said that Republican rival John McCain won. Twenty-four percent said the debate was a draw.

The Huffington Post surveyed some other post-debate polls. A CNN poll of several hundred debate watchers favored Obama by large margins: 58 percent for Obama to McCain’s 31 percent. Perhaps more importantly, McCain’s favorable rating dropped from 51 to 49 while his unfavorable rating increased from 45 percent to 49 percent. Senator Obama ended up with a 66 percent favorable rating.

Meanwhile, virtually the entire Frank Luntz focus group on Fox News, which was held last night in Miami, said that Barack Obama had won the debate. Luntz termed it a “clear majority,” but not one person raised their hand when asked if they thought McCain had won. Said Luntz: “None had made a decision to support Sen. Obama before the debate, but more than half supported him after the debate. It was a good night for Barack Obama.”

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