Initial overall impressions of the Obama-McCain debate:
I’ll post a more substantive analysis tomorrow, but John McCain failed to shift the momentum of the presidential campaign at tonight’s town hall debate. He scored some points here and there — and Barack Obama’s performance was largely dull, marred by go-nowhere attacks and counterattacks on McCain — but McCain needed a big night tonight and he failed to deliver. McCain’s grade on the town hall debate will be a bit better once I can analyze it in more detail, but the combined grade of the debate itself and the debate viewed in the broader context of the campaign still produces a failing score.
There are still four weeks left before Election Day and anything is possible, but unless McCain can find some other way to completely shift the direction of the race for the White House, he’s done.