Tonight marks the third and penultimate event in the series of debates between the two major party presidential tickets.
I love the debates because they represent actual interaction between two candidates. Yes, they are on-script and on-message most of the time, but even if they were singing a duet straight out of a phone book their tone, body-language, and physical reactions would say a lot. And, we have the chance to watch it live, unfiltered and uncommented upon.
So, please allow me to muddy the water with commentary.
Final Verdict: Obama 32, McCain 22.
In my 5-points-per-question system that so often breaks 3/2 that means Obama averaged a win on every question. And, honestly, I think I over-corrected on giving McCain the benefit of doubt on foreign policy after my viciousness on his failure to adequately address health care – the score should probably be slightly higher in Obama’s benefit
I’m going to adjust my overall scoring here, because the ratio of points from one debate to the next is not very consistent. Rather than rejigger every time, I’ll just weight all four equally to add up to a 100 total points, with each debate worth a quarter of the total.
In debate #1 I gave McCain the slight edge – 18 to 16 over Obama. That’s 13/25 McCain, 12/25 Obama. Then, I awarded Biden 42 and Palin 31, which is 14/25 Biden, 11/25 Palin
Tonight it’s 15/25 Obama, 10/25 McCain.
Current total standings: 41/75 Obama/Biden to 34/75 McCain/Palin. McCain would have to win the next debate by a factor of 2:1 to close the gap at this point, and most of that gap was opened tonight due to a few very incisive answers from Obama.