POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Dionne (Washington Post): post-debate polls favor a calm Obama over a rash McCain

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 29, 2008

E.J. Dionne writes in today’s Washington Post …

Obama Holds His Own on Foreign Policy

  • September began as John McCain’s month and ended as Barack Obama’s.
  • Obama was resolutely calm in standing his ground against McCain.
  • McCain’s derisive approach may help explain why the instant polls gave Obama an edge in a debate that many pundits rated a tie — and why women seemed especially inclined toward Obama.
    • CNN’s survey found that 59 percent of women rated Obama as having done better, with just 31 percent saying that of McCain.
  • McCain, once the candidate of tested experience, must now battle the perception that he has become the riskier choice, a man too given to rash moves under pressure.
  • Obama, whose very newness promised change but also raised doubts, has emerged as the cool and unruffled candidate who moves calmly but steadily forward.

To read the entire column, click … http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/09/obama_projects_calm_under_pres.html

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