Boring debate. Not because there weren't any fireworks, I don't really expect that, but because the format was so stilted and McCain again let many counter points go unsaid. McCain was better tonight on economy and domestic stuff than last time, but it wasn't enough to overcome Obama's performance on that score. And McCain seemed to be phoning in the foreign policy last night. I'm not sure what happened there. I think he was too scattershot in his answers, came off a weaker than the first debate. Obama didn't bring anything new to his performance or answers. Same as last time. I don't think much of his plans, but he's better at weaving his answers into a couple of core themes than McCain and it is serving him well.
I'd rate it a 55/45 win for Obama on performance. 51/49 on substance, favor Obama (I like McCain's proposals a lot more, but to an indy my guess is it was a wash, with Obama benefiting by the tie). Slight Obama win. Doesn't speak very well for Obama, but he doesn't need to do any better at this point give the benefit of events he's receiving. McCain lost a big opportunity and it just puts that much more pressure on the last debate and the campaign to perform perfectly over the last few weeks. He can still turn it around, but the chances to make it happen are passing by each day.