Careful analysis shows both Obama and McCain lost the
debate…For the first time in history, I am proclaiming a moderator to
winner of the debate. Jim Lehrer asked very good, pointed questions
that neither candidate would answer. Better yet, he forcibly kept at
it, attempting to no avail to get some answers on the economy.
McCain: McCain was clearly imitating the “Rope A Dope” strategy of
Muhammad Ali. He was ducking and bobbing and weaving and dodging his
head even when he was not talking. He was hoping Obama would give him
Obama: Obama, having regained the lead in the polls now that the
country is taking a closer look at the pathetic hopelessness of Palin,
took a different tactic. Obama’s strategy can best be described as
“Tiptoe Through The Tulips With Me”.
mention of Muhhamad Ali reminds me of a minor event
during his career. In 1976, he had an exhibition bout with a
mixed-martial-arts practitioner, Antonio
Inoki. Everyone wondered what would happen.
Which fighting style would prove to be superior?
What happened was this: nothing. The match ended in a draw.
Each contestant avoided the strengths of the other.
It was called the most
boring match of the century.
Neither candidate’s performance will sway anyone from the other party.
Neither energized his respective base.
What influence will the debate have on independent voters?
Not much, because it was so forgettable.
Independents who are swayed by logic might have been nudged a
bit toward the Obama camp, but those swayed by emotion might have been
nudged toward the McCain camp.