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Tonight’s debate

Again, not a "game changer." Barack Obama was good enough to hold his advantage, and John McCain not good enough to diminish it.

McCain had an opportunity to pin some of the blame for our current woes on the Democrats in Congress--the same Democrats, he could have said, who chair committees now and will be even more influential should Obama win next month--and, while he didn’t exactly blow it, he didn’t exactly forcefully hammer it home.

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It occurs to me that media and intellectuals (which means us) don't always ask the right question in order to understand an event.

The usual question is "who won"? Suppose we asked "whom do you trust to be a better president?"

Isn't it McCain's strategy to hammer home that he -- based on his record -- can be trusted with the interests of the country while BO is untested, unknown, glib, and not necessarily truthful?

A commentator tonight, who must have been reading Aristotle, said that anger drives people to seek "change", but fear drives them to find "experience." McCain I think is calling on the growing fear in the collapsing markets, and the somewhat inchoate fear of the terrorists. BO simply has no credibility or record to make people feel confident in him.

This is what I think this debate was about.

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