The Washington Post reports that the McCain campaign had already bought ads declaring that McCain had won the debate before he’d even announced that he would take part in it:
Although the fate of tonight’s presidential debate in Mississippi remains very much up in the air, John McCain has apparently already won it — if you believe an Internet ad an astute reader spotted next to this piece in the online edition of the Wall Street Journal this morning.
“McCain Wins Debate!” declares the ad which features a headshot of a smiling McCain with an American flag background. Another ad spotted by our eagle-eyed observer featured a quote from McCain campaign manager Rick Davis declaring: “McCain won the debate– hands down.”
Here’s a screenshot of one of the ads. Since they’re trying their hands at being psychics, I will too. I predict that almost everyone who supports Obama will think that Obama won the debate. I predict that almost everyone who supports McCain will think that McCain won the debate. Lastly, I predict that both sides will think the other side is clearly delusional and terribly un-objective in thinking that.