OBAMA PUNCHES MCCAIN IN THE FACE, LEAVES AN UNSIGHTLY BUMP ON HIS LEFT JAW
Overall, I thought Obama did an excellent job. He came across as very tough, very committed, very leader-like. He was quite grounded in the realities of what's going on, and he was very careful to point out, to the Republicans ostensibly, that he knows the criticisms, he knows the accusations against him.
"I get it," I believe he said.
He took numerous opportunities to hit McCain, and I think he landed a number of blows. More importantly, in going on the offensive he managed to contrast himself with his apparently doddering, dangerously out-of-touch opponent. In other words, the message was "McCain doesn't get it. But I do."
I loved it when he all-but challenged McCain on the foreign policy side of things, daring him to engage him in a comparison of their temperments, their abilities to be Commander-in-Chief. He didn't say "Bring It On," but he might as well have.
All-in-all, it wasn't so much the substance of what he said that impressed me, nor was it the extent of his (significant) rhetorical skill. No, it was more than that. What got me was the very un-Mondale, un-Dukakis, un-Gore, un-Kerry attitude of "You wanna be President, Mr. Republican? Well so do I. Let's rumble, bitch."
He may not win, he may not be any good if he does so. Hell, he may be a complete disaster, I don't know. But for the first time since the fall of 1992, when another center-leaning Dem I wasn't too crazy about faced off against another out-of-touch prick I couldn't stand, I feel that at least we may be in good hands if the donkey kicks the elephant's ass.