The following is my analysis of the second presidential debate between John McCain and Barack Obama, held in Nashville:Obama has won this debate — clearly.McCain looks older than ever before. The contrast with the young, tall, thin Obama hurts McCain.McCain had no new material since the first debate! How about new plans, new stories, and maybe a joke or two?Neither candidate is very good. They are both boring. How can Americans have any confidence that either one can lead us out of this financial mess? Obama looks more presidential, and he had some good lines about how this country has given him everything and that Russia under Putin is doing “evil things.”McCain’s plan to have the U.S. government go out and buy all the bad mortgages is so un-Republican that it is not worthy of discussion. Who gave him this turkey of an idea?McCain’s "McNasty" side came through a few times.Obama, while distant, was a kind and firm gentleman who will win over many independents.McCain simply does not have great candidate skills. He repeats himself too often.Obama did a better job on the healthcare-as-a-right question.
McCain needed a breakthrough to turn this race around. He needed to make it happen — and he didn’t. His time is running out. It is becoming increasingly unlikely that he can win this election.
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