It's Obama's World, But McCain Has a Foothold

Saddleback showdown leaves divergent impressions
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2008 2:15 PM CDT
John McCain and Barack Obama with Rick Warren, during the Compassion Forum at the Saddleback Church, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008 in Lake Forest, Calif.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – John McCain seemed personal, clear, and passionate. Barack Obama seemed nuanced, composed, and competent. So who won? Dueling Washington Post op-eds come down on either side. Consummate Washington insider Sally Quinn argues that Rick Warren's serial interviews weren't a debate, meaning there can't be a winner. But the candidates presented dueling visions of the world.

She’d rather live in McCain’s world, a place of moral certainty and easy solutions. Unfortunately “I believe we live in Obama’s world,” she writes. Obama took a professorial tone, adopting a style that "smacks of chalkboards and campus ivy," writes Michael Gerson. McCain carried the night, he argues, giving hope to supporters not convinced of his strength: "Of such small hopes are large upsets made."