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.
Ninety minutes of John McCain making faces was more than enough for a lifetime. It's hard to imagine anyone willingly inviting that antic lemon-sucking grinfest into their homes for the next four years.
Will McCain lose his temper? Will "That One" speak professorially? (Drink every time someone on cable says that!) What will the squiggly lines of CNN have to say about it? Tune in, all, because our liveblog is live!