"Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama have revealed certain debating styles over the last year or so, and those approaches are likely to be evident again tonight. Watch for Mr. McCain to present a hotter, more confrontational persona, while Mr. Obama will show his cooler self, both in the sense of remaining unruffled and in staying at more of a remove from the audience." Seeley – NY Times
This is going to be about style. McCain looked medicated last time out of the barn. That might be a good idea this time also. One of his boyhood nicknames was "McNasty." OK. Bring on the tranquilizers. Washington abounds with first and second hand stories of McNasty’s outbursts. I hear them every day here "inside the beltway." (I actually do live about half a mile inside the beltway in the "People’s Republic of Alexandria") A face to face with Obama is going to be a real test for McCain. We will see how well he can tolerate anyone he sees as competition.
Those who think that Obama should display a lot of "passion" and aggression tonight are going to be disappointed. The man is what he is. He has spent many years becoming a dispassionate intellectual. He is a thinker, first, last and always. If he tries to be something else on stage it will look false. We should want a president who thinks rather than emotes as a way of doing business. Think about the possible consequences of unbridled emotion in the White House.
I think Obama will do very well tonight. pl