I like starting a new thread the next morning about my takes or your takes on the debate. The one that is up during the debate gets a little long and of course you have some stuff in there that has nothing to do with the debates and is a distraction. So here are my takes and feel free to post yours. All in All IMO either candidate can say they won the debate and have a legit argument. In other words I seen it about even with a slight nod to one candidate in some areas and slight nod to the other candidate in other areas. I thought there were no knock out punches thrown. Maybe a few body blows. I think there was one part that could be considered a good back hand or pimp slap for the lack of a better term. When McCain was doing his segment attacking Obama for talking about Pakistan and McCain said you need a calm hand on the tiller and you need to speak softly and carry a big stick. Obama starts his rebuttal and says ...."Now, Sen. McCain suggests that somehow, you know, I'm green behind the ears and I'm just spouting off, and he's somber and responsible." At this point it gets funny. While smiling, even laughing and in a sarcastic animated manner McCain flat out interrupts Obama and says the following. "Thank you very much." Now that is like a set up for Obama IMO and he smacks McCain pretty hard. If you can find the video watch that specific exchange in how McCain interrupts Obama...again notice he is smiling, animated and even laughing. Then watch his face when Obama retorts with the following... "Sen. McCain, this is the guy who sang, 'Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran,' who called for the annihilation of North Korea. That I don't think is an example of speaking softly. This is the person who, after we had - we hadn't even finished Afghanistan, where he said, 'Next up, Baghdad.' So I agree that we have to speak responsibly and we have to act responsibly. McCains smile, animation and look of haha and whole demeanor make a SHARP change. His smile vanishes immediately and you can tell he is irked. So that might have been the biggest body blow, smack or whatever you would call it...although not a knock out punch. On to other observations. Was it me or was it odd that the town hall meeting was set up for audience members to ask questions or questions from emails but Tom seemed to ask his own questions at times. Just thought that was odd. It is hard to make a joke at times during this type of format because the audience is told to keep quiet and not react. In this aspect McCain has some awkward moments, NOT TERRIBLE, just awkward. He would tell a joke of sorts and it is just dead quiet so it is kind of awkward. The hair transplant joke as an example. However I will admit I laughed at his line about nailing down obama's tax plan is like trying to nail jello to the wall. That one got me. So all in all not an eventful debate. I don't see a clear cut winner for the debate, although I am sure polls will say otherwise. I think a legit argument could be made by both sides that their candidate won but only won by slight margins. However with that said. Obama came out the winner. Now I am not talking about the winner strictly from the debate. Might sound confusing but let me say what I think many already feel or believe or just know but don't want to admit. McCain had to come in here and knock it out of the park and hope obama struck out. Neither happend. So with McCain behind in the polls the onus was on him to blow Obama out of the water and it just did not happen. He just did not do enough and Obama did not do enough to hurt his lead IMO. So all in all with the idea going in that Obama could not Blow it and McCain had to hit a home run...and since neither happened Obama comes out as the winner.