I am a huge if improbable fan of the sport of boxing. I say that because I kinda believe that a sport based on two men try to hit each other so hard that their brains rattle into unconsciousness ought to be banned, but as long as it is legal I will enjoy it.
I also score fights as I watch them. Boxing is scored round by round and often the subjective impression is not reflected in the scores. You can win a few rounds convincingly but lose more rounds narrowly and lose the fight.
Obviously a debate is a lot more subjective. but i think if this were a 12 round championship fight the scores would be something like 117-111 for Obama. A convincing and clear win. Not a blowout, not a knockout, but a clear and dominant win. There were four or five decent sound bites for Obama (Iraq, Spain etc) and none for McCain. I think you would be hard pressed to describe this as an ass kicking victory for either.
But I cannot see how anyone could think that McCain won, except the true believers. Although it is sick to hear the pundits who just hope for the horse race to continue pumping the McCain performance.
Which is why i am kind of disappointed in ABC’s Jake Tapper who seemed to note the few lame McCain successes without noting the many more Obama hits
Jake, the you like Mccain “seal” sideshow without noting the Obama “spain” hit to which it was a lame – and canned – retort.