While Obama continues to outspend and outcool his way to national polling margins that are increasingly insurmountable, McCain has latched on to Joe the Plumber as his last vestige of hope while his campaign continues the barrage of negativity through ads and robocalling.
One blogger wrote: "Obama was unbelievably calm, collected and straight to the point. In fact he went out of his way to be nice while McCain was constantly attacking and putting on that fake, scary smile. Damn, that smile is scary."
I lived in a country where abortion was illegal. On top of killing close to a million women during a 25-year span, that law intruded on the intimacy of couples and families. I have male friends who had to provoke unsafe abortions on their wives, risking their life and freedom.
For McCain, the urgent need tonight was not for McCarthyism on Ayers or ACORN, but for sounding authoritative on the economy -- a daunting objective for someone who said he doesn't know much about economics.