Obama Defeats McCain in 3rd Debate for Clean Sweep

October 15, 2008 · 10 Comments

The third time was a charm.  Bob Schieffer showed how a debate should be moderated.

McCain had his best performance; Obama was not at his best.  But in keeping with the rest of the campaign, Obama’s B-game proved to be better than McCain’s A-game.

McCain’s biggest weakness were his reactions – his facial expressions while Obama was speaking, his snarky and petulant come-backs.  His frustration was palpable, as was his disdain and condescension for Obama.  His best suit was that he showed authenticity.  Unfortunately for him it was mostly authentic anger.

Obama was true to form in staying cool despite some harsh attacks.  I felt like he could have shown a little more real emotion in reaction to some of McCain’s biting comments, and could have strayed from what seemed like the same talking points.  Fortunately for Obama, the talking points were appealing to most Americans, and I think that he again came across as more measured, mature and Presidential than McCain.  So while Obama was again not tremendously exciting, he accomplished exactly what he needed to.

So here’s how the CNN flash poll scored it:

Who won the Debate?   Obama 58% to McCain 37%

When asked this question along party affiliation:

Who won?               Obama                        McCain

Democratic               88%                                    5%

Republican                68%                                   18%

Independent              57%                                   31%

So clearly most people, and especially the all-important Independents, felt that Obama won the debate.  Similarly, Obama improved his pre-debate to post-debate favorables by 3 points (63 to 66), while reducing his unfavorables by 3 points (from 35 to 32); while McCain decreased his favorables by 2 points (52 to 49) while increasing his unfavorables by 4 points (45 to 49).  That’s right, nearly 50% of the people watching the debate view McCain unfavorably, and as many view him unfavorably as favorably.  By comparison Obama has a 2:1 favorable to unfavorable ratio.

Here are some other key comparisons that show how big a hill McCain has to climb:

When asked:                                               Obama          McCain

Who more clearly expressed views?               66%                  25%

Who spent more time attacking opponent?     7%                  80%

Who seemed more like a strong leader?          56%                 39%

Who was more likeable?                                   70%                 22%

Better on Economy?                                          59%                 35%

Better on fixing Financial Issues?                     56%                 35%

Better on Health Care Issues?                           62%                 31%

Better on Tax Issues?                                        56%                 41%

When a Republican can’t win on the issue of taxes, it’s game over.  There’s one number that didn’t come from the polls that should seal McCain’s fate more than even these lopsided post-debate polls:  the 9% that the S&P 500 dropped earlier in the day.  If that didn’t make everyone sick to his or her stomach, than you’re either a massive short seller or just not paying attention.

McCain-Palin went for the hail-Mary pass of going negative.  The population doesn’t care about Ayers of 40 years ago.  McCain shot himself by saying he’d kick Obama’s whatsit in this last debate.  And Palin seems to be operating in a parallel world, beyond McCain’s control.  Her incendiary attacks have fueled lynch-mob-like cries at her rallies, which she has failed to confront or correct.  Those are the shouts that have been heard around the nation and the world.  She also seems to be suffering from delusions of grandeur, and apparently believes that she has a national future beyond 2008.  I think she’ll be bundled back to Alaska faster than she could shoot a wolf or gut a moose, and blamed for the ticket’s loss by the very Republicans who are so “energized” by her now.

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10 responses so far ↓

  • bill // October 16, 2008 at 6:43 am | Reply

    “Beyond McCain’s Control” – absolutely. As my wife put it, if he can’t control his own running mate, why should I believe he can control anyone or anything else?

  • LN // October 16, 2008 at 6:58 am | Reply

    The first sign of McCain’s poor leadership was the fact that he couldn’t even control his campaign. He showed support for his opponent even to the boos and disgusted cries of his own supporters, but soon realized the damage was done and there was nothing he could do to fix it. All he could do to come out not looking like a complete jerk was to keep the rest of his campaign on a more positive angle.

    So… What happened?

    I don’t know if John McCain just had a memory lapse, sincerely hates Obama, or just wasn’t paying attention, but he clearly suffered as a result of either his failure or unwillingness to control his campaign.

  • dj41326 // October 16, 2008 at 7:07 am | Reply

    Your report is slanted and pure propaganda. Both of these puppets are bad for the USA and if you don’t see it then wake up. They are both controlled by the elite of this country and are being used to further a criminal agenda to socialize the US and devalue the dollar and perpetuate a one world government. The only true change agent is Dr. Ron Paul. http://popblogculture.blogspot.com/

  • Seriously dude // October 16, 2008 at 8:22 am | Reply

    Ron Paul dropped out. He’s not going to be president. Get over it.

  • Revo // October 16, 2008 at 9:21 am | Reply

    So this is how democracy dies, with false promises and change that can’t be met.

  • Big Bob // October 16, 2008 at 9:50 am | Reply

    “Her incendiary attacks have fueled lynch-mob-like cries at her rallies, which she has failed to confront or correct.”

    Well this quote is a complete fabrication since the Secret Service agents on hand confirmed that the statements were never uttered.

    But hey, why let facts get in the way of your leftist, socialist propaganda right?

  • Ian Jade // October 16, 2008 at 9:55 am | Reply

    I absolutely agree with these statistics. McCain still has the racial edge and the American arrogance on his side, which only proves how much better Obama would be. At some point, I was certain that John McCain was gonna cry.

    dj41326: Visit Denmark, Canada, or Great Britain, and ask people what’s so great about socialising. Eventually you’ll come to learn why America is detested and troubled with so many issues. If a Dane has a social security card, which is required by any Citizens, he or she can get free healthcare, free education and… free stuff in general. That’s why we’re healthier, better educated and the happiest country in the world. Keep your patriotism and arrogance, but I’ll stay in the true land of the freedom.

  • Drew // October 16, 2008 at 10:45 am | Reply

    Its a tough situation. I do like Ron Paul policy wise because he understands and runs on the platform of changing the Fractional Reserve Banking system. The real reason for our financial crisis is clearly the way money is made. In that banks everywhere are encouraged to loan out all of their reserves (anything above 10% of total deposits). So when you put 100 in the bank, the bank now can lend out 900 dollars to other because it is a excess reserve. This is why the banks need liquidity so bad right now. People are pulling money and investment at a faster rate than the reseves are being replenished from loan payments. The craziest realization of all this is.. All money is debt. If we payed everything off in America, there would actually be no money… That is actually the system we run on….

    Be a good American. Read “Modern Money Mechanics” and study the Presidency of Andrew Jackson. The last time America was debt free.

  • Messagero // October 16, 2008 at 11:25 am | Reply

    We know McCain doesn’t really put country first. His choice of Palin as a running mate is the most egregious of his failings. It is totally iresponsible. McCain is just an angry old man. I have no faith in him.

  • JTK // October 16, 2008 at 11:30 am | Reply

    I get the feeling dj41326 is an Internetatarian.. people who call themselves libertarians because of crap they read on the internet.

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