Anyway that's what last night's debate felt like. McCain sounded awful to me. I actually spent time right before the debate making calls with Sean for Obama, so I can't claim any great objectivity, but after about a half hour it looked like the main thing on McCain's mind was how big the scotch he wanted to have afterwards would be.
Listening to my son Sean make calls to undecided voters before the debate sensitized me to the boilerplate that both candidates fall back on. Sean basically has all of Obama's stump speech talking points memorized, and can deliver them with sincerity and animation over the phone. Obama has that talent as well but I've heard some of his lines so many times I can hear the first few words and sing along for the rest of the phrase.
I'll sure be glad when this is all over.