Obama, McCain debate to a draw

An analysis of how the two candidates performed in their first presidential debate.

An analysis of how the two candidates performed in their first presidential debate

The greatest proof that the world is coming to an end—even more persuasive than Congressional earmarks or Sarah Palin or Keith Olberman—is the “Spin Room,” that 21st century media creation that encourages partisan hacks to senselessly and shamelessly bloviate about why their candidate won the debate that the rest of us just watched.

Friday night’s post John McCain-Barack Obama “Spin Room” cavalcade of prevaricators was no different than any other, from the parade of proper, nameless McCain ladies extolling the “resounding victory” of their man to the ubiquitous, terminally-insufferable Joe Biden bellowing as to how “my friend John is out-of-step.”

The spinners notwithstanding, here’s another view as to how the first 2008 presidential debate went down.

A debate essentially consists of four parts: the introduction, delivery, content and conclusion. Let’s see how these two standard bearers measure up on these four scales.

1) Introduction

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