Well, as you politically aware readers know, last night was the last debate of the 2008 Presidential campaign, between John “Maverick/Oldie/Satan” McCain and Barack “Terrorist/Hussein/Savior” Obama. Now, the day after, the question to be asked is, who won? Let’s see what the Interwebs had to say:
John McCain didn’t just fail to get the game-changer he needed — he was trounced in this third and final debate, if the instant post-debate polling provides any indication.
Senator John McCain used the final debate of the presidential election on Wednesday night to raise persistent and pointed questions about Senator Barack Obama’s character, judgment and policy prescriptions in a session that was by far the most spirited and combative of their encounters this fall.
John McCain came out of the gate strong, but Barack Obama gained strength as the night progressed Wednesday in the final presidential debate where each candidate tried to convince voters that he is better equipped to steer the nation through these troubled times.
From this little metablogging sampler of post-debate analysis, it seems that a) McCain’s glove pulling made the debate more interesting, and b) Obama still schooled his old man ass. In my personal opinion (based on the first hour I watched for before heading off to bed), McCain definitely gave his best performance yet, with zinger lines like “Senator Obama, I am not President Bush. If you wanted to run against President Bush, you should have run four years ago.” Still, Obama was cool and collected, if a little dry, considering that he has significant leads in the swing-state polls. There was also another interesting aspect of last night’s debate: Joe the Plumber. Who is Joe the Plumber? Well, he’s a combination of two things: a Joe Six-pack-like metaphor for the Everyman (and the hockey mom’s working-class spouse), and he’s also an Ohio plumber named Joe Wurzelbacher (seen with Senator Obama at right). Mr. Wurzelbacher’s now famed epithet was mentioned over two dozen times last night, mainly in reference to the differences between the two candidates’ tax policies, prompting some lively Internet discussion.
But the question still remains — did this debate help determine who the next President will be? Maybe not, but I’m sure that it helped the business of one Ohio plumber.