Last night's debate definitely has to go to McCain. Obama is too slick for McCain to land a clean knockout or get him completely rattled, but I would judge it a TKO. Where has this McCain been?! Apparently, if enough people at his own rallies tell him he can't out-socialist Obama, he will figure out he can't out-socialist Obama and will turn out a decent debate performance. McCain also gets bonus points -- I only heard "my friends" twice during the whole 90min.
Obama, on the other hand, proved for all to see that he can lie like a Clinton. When confronted about launching his political career in the living room of a domestic terrorist* Obama looked into the camera and straight faced, flat out lied:
McCain: Well, again, while you were on the board of the Woods Foundation, you and Mr. Ayers, together, you sent $230,000 to ACORN. So -- and you launched your political campaign in Mr. Ayers' living room.
Obama: That's absolutely not true.
McCain: And the facts are facts and records are records.
Obama: And that's not the facts.
Ummm... yeah, Obama those are what we call 'facts.' Of course, Obama runs into trouble when real facts contradict his wish facts. Obama also issued a bold faced lie on the 'born-alive' act. There was not an identical bill on the books -- that is why a living infant ("pre-viable" in Obama-speak) died in a dirty linen closet in an Illinois hospital -- and the bill specifically contained a clause stipulating that it was not to overturn precedent (i.e. Roe v. Wade). These real facts are a matter of public record. These facts are highly inconvenient for Obama and he wishes they would just go away; therefor, according to wish facts, there is a highly nuanced reason to vote against a ban on killing babies that only Obama is clever enough to figure out.
*Note on Bill Ayers: "unrepentant domestic terrorist" is way, way too much of a mushy PC term for my taste; I believe the more accurate term is "homicidal traitor." Ayers should have gotten the needle right along with Timothy McVeigh; the only difference between the two is that Ayers was less skilled at building bombs but better at eluding the feds.