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Former RNC Chair: Debates Helped Obama

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Reassurance was slow in coming. A week before Election Day, polls showed Reagan and President Jimmy Carter in a virtual dead heat. That was the date o...

Obama's Lead Solidifying: Cool, Kennedy Style Trumps Hot Opponent McCain

Robert Kubey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kubey

In the 1960s, the so-called "guru of media," Marshall McLuhan, dubbed television the "cool medium." He used the "hot-cool medium" distinction to expl...

If You Want To Know Who'll Be The Next President, Watch The Debate With The Sound Off

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

McCain runs the gamut from rebellious teenager to grumpy old man without ever pausing at the stage of mature adult.

Obama's New Offense

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

Obama's campaign appears to have staked its confidence on the surveys showing a lead among debate viewers -- which suggests that the Iraq issue did not hinder Obama's overall standing.

Calm, Methodical Obama vs. Angry, Ungracious McCain

Amb. Richard C. Holbrooke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amb. Richard C. Holbrooke

The real insights came in the revelations about the way each man thinks under pressure, and the way they interacted. The overall effect was exactly the opposite of what McCain hoped to achieve.

Why So Many Pundits Wrongly Scored the Debate 'Even'

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

My feeling is that the Couric interview might have done for McCain what the first Nixon-Kennedy debate did for Nixon in 1960 -- a true watershed moment.

The Race is Still Close -- but It's Beginning to Feel Like It Could Be a Rout for Obama

Joe Trippi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Trippi

McCain would want us all to be going into the final month of the campaign having serious doubts about Obama. Instead it is McCain's actions that are causing doubts to rise about McCain's own candidacy.

McCain: Deregulating Reality or Campaign by Anecdote

Sherman Yellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sherman Yellen

I worried that the American public had been so seduced over the past eight years by self-serving stories -- rather than practical realities -- that the storyteller would always win the day.

Where My Mind Went After the Debate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I'm glad that Senator Obama brought domestic issues to a foreign policy debate, because fixing "home" would alter our foreign relations.

An Honest Appraisal of Tonight's Debate

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Obama did not win this debate. He didn't lose it either. But McCain was given far too much leeway in my opinion without counterpunching, which might reinforce the trope that Democrats don't know how to fight.

McCain's Debate Behavior Condescends To New Levels

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Brodsky

As a debate tactic, McCain's behavior was understandable, and a classic Karl Rove characteristic. Take your weakness and make it a strength. Take your opponent's strength and make it a weakness.

We Can't Afford More Of The... Smirk

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Where McCain was unserious and petulant, Obama was forceful, sharp and, at times, magnanimous. Hell, McCain couldn't even look Obama in the eye. Not once.

Obama Underwhelms, McCain Patronizes

Paul Reiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Reiser

I have to say, I did want to see more fire from Obama. I did want him to let the anger loose. I did want him to slap back at McCain's endless patronizing tone.

Tonight's Presidential Debate: Victory for Obama, More of the Same from McCain

Sheryl Crow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheryl Crow

I think I feel the same as most Americans when I say I am beyond tired of hearing John McCain sell this war and passing it off as great leadership. To me, McCain proved himself as the stubborn one.

McCain's Debate Message: How To Lose More Friends And Alienate People

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Heilbrunn

To listen to McCain speaking in tonight's debate was to be thrust back into a time warp, where al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein are plotting together, and America must go on a crusade to stomp out the infidels.

Tonight's Debate: What Vets Are Looking For

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Will the candidates (and the moderator) note the difference between "tactical" success of the surge, versus the overall strategic goal of the surge, and whether that was a success?


Nora Ephron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nora Ephron

There was a moment, when the debate ended and the wives came up on stage, where I actually knew, or thought I knew, who had won. I'm sorry to say it, but it was John McCain.

The McCain-Kissinger Flip Flop

Max Bergmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Bergmann

McCain has never supported talks with Iran at the Secretary of State level. So either McCain has massively shifted positions on Iran or he is completely misrepresenting his position on Iran.

Tonight's Debate: Will Our Children Fare Better than Us?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

This debate underscored the central question that each of us must ask ourselves before choosing our next president: Will our children and our children's children fare better than us?

6 O'Clock (Pacific Time) High

Adam McKay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam McKay

Obama will trounce McCain because Obama isn't completely bought and paid for. He will then get a two point bump that will disappear in the subsequent debates as McCain surfs the tide of low expectations ala Kerry vs. W. Bush 2.

Barack Obama and the Return of Grace

Michael Seitzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Seitzman

Ironically, the fact that Obama granted his opponent the courtesy of pointing out the places where they agree is the very quality of leadership that McCain continues to falsely claim as his own.

Obama to McCain: 'You Were Wrong'

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

Obama's goal tonight was to simply become an equal to the "legendary" foreign policy man John McCain. He accomplished that, while showing unending patience with his opponent.

Barack Did Great, McCain Okay But Angry

Chris Durang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Durang

McCain, to be fair, showed some of his knowledge in a good way. But he's too old, he's from the 20th century, the country doesn't need him now.

Obama Passes Commander in Chief Test

Ilan Goldenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ilan Goldenberg

Obama won on key issues demonstrating that our foreign policy is more than just about the surge. McCain frequently reverted back to clichés calling his opponent naïve and lacking judgment.

A Good Night for Stasis, a Bad Night for Reality

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

It was a good night for Obama because, when 83 percent of the country believe we are on the wrong track, standing toe-to-toe with McCain on foreign policy is all you need to do. And Obama clearly did that.