Political Monthly: ‘THAT ONE’ WON

Political Monthly


Just to add my two cents to Hilzoy’s sharp analysis from last night, I thought I’d add how much last night’s debate broke with expectations.

After the first debate, John McCain took quite a bit of heat for neglecting to use the words “middle class,” so I expected him to correct the oversight. He didn’t. After the last several days of guilt-by-association attacks, I expected McCain to talk about Bill Ayers and ask who the “real” Barack Obama is. He didn’t do that, either. After many noticed that McCain treated Obama with contempt in their first meeting, I expected McCain to be far more gracious and respectful last night. Instead, he called his Democratic rival “that one.”


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