The first debate is now over. It was, as these things often are, light on real substance. Was there a blowout winner? Not in my assement. Senator Obama’s answers resonated with me more than Senator McCain’s. Given that they weren’t talking about social issues, ti was a little easier to be objective, but I felt myself agreeing with Obama much more often than McCain.
Though I went into the debate supporting Obama, I now think the argument that he won’t be good on foreign policy is going to be proven a non-issue. McCain seemed to be talking down to Obama and often appeared to deliberately misinterpret what was a rather clear statement from Obama. Personally, I’ve seen enough of that behavior to last a lifetime in the last eight years so it wasn’t welcome.
McCain seems unwilling to admit that going into Iraq was a mistake and wants only to focus on the future. However, those who are unwilling to admit past mistakes are also unwilling to take the personal responsibility that McCain says he is so in favor of. This strikes me as a problem.
It will be interesting to see what happens in the next two months.