Debate redux

In an earlier post, I explained my impression that Senator McCain is a “fight first” guy. He certainly reinforced that image tonight – contemptuous, combative, fault-finding, angry.
In contrast, Senator Obama reflected a calm, reasonable, irenic, strong, and wise demeanor. I think Andrew Sullivan’s comments are spot on … it was graceful of Obama to affirm McCain, although sadly, McCain showed none of that grace. I also agree with Sullivan that it is indeed significant that McCain seemed to acknowledge that the current president has indeed been engaged in torture of prisoners.
I thought it was quite ironic that Senator McCain attacked Obama’s experience, when Sarah Palin is the person he chose to be one 72-year-old-heartbeat away from the presidency, whose readiness was evidenced here.