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The First Obama-McCain Debate

By Erik Tarloff  

                The most interesting thing about last night’s presidential debate occurred after the debate itself ended.  Victory, as adjudged by a variety of different focus groups and snap polls, was awarded pretty decisively to Barack Obama.

                What makes this so interesting, I think, is that it isn’t true.  Obama had some strong moments, certainly, and was never less than competent.  But the same might be said for John McCain.  As is usually the case with these presidential debates (a tradition, leaving aside the Kennedy-Nixon encounters in 1960, dating back only to…

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