Thursday, October 16, 2008

Barack Obama and John McCain: Third and final debate

Folks, you have heard about Joe-6pack from Sarah Palin. Bad news for Joe-6pack, he has been upstaged by Joe the Plumber. John McCain kept referring to Joe the Plumber throughout the third debate. According to one estimate, he said Joe the Plumber some 20 times. So much so that at the end of the debate Tom Brokaw of NBC declared Joe the Plumber the winner of the debate. Surely Bob Schieffer of CBS, the moderator, would agree with this.

I thought generally that John McCain’s performance was pathetic. When he talked about Bill Ayers and ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) he down-right looked silly. Then he would grimace in a strange way, indicating his disapproval, when Barack Obama was speaking. All in all McCain lost three debates in a row. Even his supporters and Republican commentators on CNN said that he did not do well.

One feels for McCain for his service, but making it the focus of his closing remarks did not go well. On the other hand Barack Obama spoke about economic hard times and what can be done about it in his closing remarks looking straight in the camera and leaving a strong impact. Barring some other hurdles, such as racism, I think Obama has sown up his Presidential victory.

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