Thursday, December 20, 2007

Debate Highlights

Pundits and political experts seem to give John McCain very high grades for his debate last night in New Hampshire. For your reading pleasure, I included links on post-debate analysis.

The most talked about segment was when McCain stood up to address a lady who recently lost her brother in the Iraq War. It was very touching and showed a level of empathy that is simply not found on the "other" side of the aisle.......

Even more symbolic is how up until that point in the debate (the second half) all the candidates were sitting down. McCain, being the leader that he is, began a trend of standing up to answer questions, which was followed by every other candidate. Maybe I'm reading into it too much but, yet, this appears to be another example of McCain leading and everyone else following.

Debate analysis:

Jonathan Martin from the Politico: "John McCain turned in a strong and steady performance. He was clearly prepared for the immigration question, and offered an effective defense of his position."

Washington Post's Chris Cillizza: "As we said above, this debate was all about moments. And to our mind, McCain had two of the best in the two-hour scrum."

Marc Ambinder from the Atlantic: "McCain's easy command on national security issues drew the evening's first applause when he criticized Hillary Clinton for calling Iraq "Bush's war.........A very good night for him, too. At times, he was noticeably in a league of his own."

After the debate, a slew of McCain supporters celebrated with the Senator for a masterful performance:

"Character, integrity, vision, straight talk, compassion, and leadership...."