Obama - McCain Debate 2 - A Winner Emerges.

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Obama didn't so much win this debate, as McCain failed in it. There was very little new to be heard from Sen. Obama, though he made a couple positions clearer to the audience. But, Sen. McCain's falling poll numbers required him to turn the table in this debate, and he did not. If anything, he raised new doubts about his candidacy as he unleashed a new spending program in tonight's debate.

Near the end of the debate, Sen. McCain announced he would, as president, seek to buy up overvalued mortgages using tax payer dollars, in addition to the more than $800 billion dollar rescue package he has already voted for, earmarks and all. This announcement of new spending by taxpayers was not however, matched with any new plans to raise taxes and government revenues. Which means, without any question, that Sen. McCain would increase our national debt by the amount of this new spending plan to buy failing mortgage properties.

That issue aside, there were a few technical points worth noting. A question was posed as to how the candidates would prioritize their approach on 3 separate issues facing the next president. Sen. Obama did prioritize them 1, 2, and 3. Sen. McCain said he would address them all simultaneously. Most Americans trying to manage their budgets and income, know all too well, that prioritizing is essential to progress.

Sen. McCain revealed indirectly that he has never had to address spending priorities in his marriage to millionairess, Cindy or, as the son of an Admiral in the Navy making an executive level salary of the 1960's. Hence, prioritizing spending issues, or tax issues for that matter, does not even occur to Sen. McCain as a necessity. Sen. McCain insists that he can reduce the deficit, increase spending, and lower taxes for everyone. That view, as anyone who manages a checkbook knows, reflects Sen. McCain's fundamental lack of understanding of finances and economics.

It is not possible to say yet, whether these points resonated with the general population tuning in tonight. I suspect however, that some of them will resonate with many independent voters. The job for McCain tonight was to reverse the polling drop of the last 10 days. He clearly failed to do that. The night was Obama's, not by any stellar performance, but by default. Sen. Obama committed no poll changing errors.

When all is said and done, the media, the people and the polls, are going to continue to move toward the candidate who has from the beginning, maintained that the central issue of this campaign is the Middle Class of America and their issues.

But it has to be said, the real loser of tonight's debate was the American voters. Neither candidate forthrightly dealt with the details and nuts and bolts of how they will address an aggressive economically empowered Russia, or the repercussions of a strike within the Pakistani border to take out bin Laden, al-Queda, and the Taliban there. And most remorseful, was both candidates refusal to level with the people about how dire our economic situation is going forward and realistically, how they plan on dealing with rising federal costs and diminishing federal revenues which truly threatens America's future.

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