We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I thought McCain was much the man in command last night, right from the get go. A man in command, a leader. His passion came right through the telly and grabbed the viewer whereas Obama was his usual Mr Cool, with a smug insouciance that I believe many found truly annoying. He sounds like a guy reading from a script most of the time, indecisive, fence sitter, sitting on what he thinks is the lead.
The old conventional wisdom a la McLuhan, i.e., Kennedy-Nixon 1960, is to be cool on tv, the cool medium, but I don't think it served Obama very well last night, it showed why we won't vote for him. McCain picked up votes across the spectrum including many Reagan/Hillary Democrats. Obama lost independents and "undecideds", whoever the latter may be. The old lingering doubts about Obama were confirmed: He is a great actor with a voice to boot but there is no there there.
McCain looked like the guy ready to fight for what is right, to fight the nefarious alliance between Wall St investment bankers and the Democrat Congress. Of course, many thought McCain didn't fight hard enough, especially on all of the troubling friends that Obama has, but he sowed the seeds of doubt very convincingly. And there's still nearly 3 weeks to go- much can happen, the October Surprise, Obamas must be holding their breaths looking for the finish line because they are vulnerable now, not McCain.