There a few ways to come to that conclusion. First, the flash polls, after the debate by CNN and CBS, show Obama overwhelmingly besting McCain from the view of voters. Fox also had a Frank Luntz focus group of undecided voters who also agreed that Obama won the debate. Second, the pundits were either split or gave a slight edge to either Obama or McCain. However, since McCain should have decisively dominated the foreign policy debate, a close finish gives the victory to Obama. Third, take notice of the ease of the Obama advisors and surrogates analyzing the debate today compared to the McCain’s camp abrasive answers and irritated demeanor.
As a adamant supporter of Obama, I have had full confidence in Obama’s judgment, intelligence, thoughtfulness, and world knowledge. It’s never been a question that he would be a successful commander in chief. My views, however, colored my initial reaction to the debate and did not allow me to see the bigger picture.
I had a pretty high threshold for Obama last night because I knew he could destroy McCain if he pulled out all the stops. So when Obama did as well as McCain, I thought it was pretty much a draw, but wished Obama had threw more punches. While McCain was attacking Obama as being naive, I wished Obama had pushed the meme that McCain is great as a general on the ground because of his foreign affairs experience, but Obama would be great as the CIC because of his nuance and ability to see the big picture. However, many if not most Americans were wondering if Barack Obama COULD BE commander in chief. Obama went toe-to-toe with McCain, held his own, and passed the CIC test with flying colors. Obama’s knowledge and his Presidential demeanor combined with the strength and toughness he showed last night wowed many viewers and potentially won him the Presidential election.
How Obama won the debate:
Obama says McCain was wrong on Iraq:
Obama as Commander In Chief: