Oh, Was There a Debate Last Night?

Forum brought McCain one non-event closer to November defeat
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Oct 8, 2008 11:53 AM CDT
John McCain listens as Barack Obama speaks during a town hall-style presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008.    (AP Photo/Scott Olson, Pool)
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(Newser) – Last night’s debate was uneventful, writes Roger Simon in Politico, and uneventful is a bad thing for John McCain. Neither candidate delivered "a knockout punch,” which leaves McCain the loser because “he needed one.” Republican stewardship of the tanking economy has painted McCain into a corner, and he did little to escape it. “Every time the Dow plunges, John McCain’s political fortunes plunge with it.”

"Mostly they went over old ground, dragging each other up and down the canvas, like two pugilists who knew each other’s fighting style," Simon writes. And with both candidates sticking to the tried and true, often not answering the questions asked of them, viewers may have, as McCain himself put it, grown “a little weary of this back-and-forth.”