"I think the typical voter sees two politicians who seem reasonably competent. 90% of those voters think we're on the wrong track. So why not vote to kick Bush in the shins and elect the Democrat? What's the difference? And, based on their performance tonight thus far, I'd have to agree."
"The Story of the Night . . . is going to be McCain, after refusing to look him in the eye last time, seemed to call Obama "that one" tonght."
"...every minute we talk about the economy and healthcare is simply handing the battlespace to Obama."
"It's not the moderator's fault that McCain is behind, and often weak, on domestic issues."
"...every minute he failed to clearly and convincingly separate himself from President Bush, he was losing."
"This was a lost 90 minutes out of my life, and a huge, irreplaceable, lost opportunity for the McCain campaign."
"...most of the folks who tuned out early will have heard only the economic stuff at the beginning, when Obama was at his smoothest and McCain had yet to warm up."
"...selection bias is no excuse for McCain performing poorly."
"This was not a great night for our team. It's up to the 527's now I think. I don't know how else to get the negatives about Obama out there."
"We have a disaster here — which is what you should expect when you delegate a non-conservative to make the conservative (nay, the American) case."
"Memo to McCain Campaign: Someone is either a terrorist sympathizer or he isn't. . . You helped portray Obama as a clealy qualified presidential candidate who would fight terrorists. If that's what the public thinks, good luck trying to win this thing."
"With due respect, I think tonight was a disaster for our side. . . Obama did everything he needed to do, McCain did nothing he needed to do. What am I missing?"
"Obama came off as a plausible alternative. . . that is a tragedy."
"McCain has largely failed to make Obama look like the radical his background suggests he is or at least once was. . . Obama, meanwhile, sounds OH so earnest and comes across as the moderate, reasonable, suave post-partisan he wants to seem."
"Nina Easton nailed it by referring to McCain's mortgage buy up plan as a death knell for free market capitalism. Out in California Reagan is spinning in his grave."
"...tonight obviously wasn't enough. Obama, meanwhile, just has to appear plausible and he did. . . He carries himself with confidence, he never appears flustered, and he has mastered his material."
"I am listening to Karl Rove blather on right now as if Obama was knocked off his lead. When did that happen?"
"At tonight's debate, McCain proposed a new program under which the government would buy mortgages directly from homeowners. . . McCain's plan is redundant, and it would create significant new responsibilities (and costs) for an already-beleagured agency. I'm not sure what the campaign was thinking."
"Well I have gone outside and pulled up my McCain/Palin sign. This election is over."
No it's not.
First comes the general acknowledgement that the Republican Party is doomed.
... then comes the fun!