Despite Barack Obama's seedy ties and lack of experience, the man is a fantastic orator. He is smooth as silk, silver tongued, and projects a somewhat cocky confidence which is, undoubtedly, how he's earned his screaming legions of groupies who confess breathlessly that he is as sexy as a rock star.
Bland little John McCain blinked repeatedly, reminding me of a nervous lizard on a hot rock. He moved stiffly, and his hand movements were jerky. His body language was markedly different from Obama's.
So from a purely physical standpoint, Obama's body language reigned supreme.
And in these days of American Idol and America's Got Talent, substance is no longer important and performance is king. So, from that standpoint, Obama was clearly the winner.
Perhaps I am being unfair to our modern society. I remember that Bill Clinton was also proclaimed to be beyond sexy. Does anyone remember Dreams of Bill (1994)? It was a nauseating compilation of women's dreams and (urk!) sexual fantasies about a man that always reminded me of W.C. Fields with a bad accent.
Anyway, if everything Obama said was true, and everything he promised would be guaranteed under his Presidency, then we would have a fine President indeed and I would vote for him gladly. Sadly, Obama's record speaks differently.
In facts and talking points, I believe that McCain held his own and even exceeded Obama at times. From years of experience both in an outside the political arena, I have to say that McCain's ideas were superior, and his facts better. However, neither side was infallible and there were mistakes and distortions made. This seems to be the norm in political debating today, and I find it very distressful.
I have not been particularly impressed with either candidate, and this debate didn't help.
I call it a tie.