The media's take on Saddleback

Interesting that probably the political editor of the most left-leaning major network, NBC, seems to think that McCain got the better of the event: And although many Obama addicts will refuse to accept the article because of its source, Byron York has a good piece at NRO in which he says "McCain was the clear winner of the night." Also, regardless of what one thinks of McCain (and I'm with Gloria on being tired of hearing "my friends"), the idea that someone "knows" Barack Obama strikes me as unlikely. At least if your source of knowledge is the mainstream media and Obama's own words/deceptions. And if you did "know" him, it's hard to imagine anyone but the most hardened leftist voting for him...since that's what his record shows him to be despite his flowery and falsely moderate campaign rhetoric. If you are one of those people who thinks you "know" Obama but aren't so blinded by thinking he's the political messiah that you're still willing to read more, this is a good place to start:
  • Kevan McNaught
    Comment from: Kevan McNaught
    08/18/08 @ 10:41:53 pm

    Like so much in this campaign season, the night was all about Obama. McCain might look serious, compared to Obama, or Obama could look presidential, compared to an earlier version of himself. Either way, the metric was Obama, so it was interesting to see the way it turned out. I watched both candidates - twice each in fact - and I have to say Obama is eloquent. He intuitively knew his audience, emoted w/ them, and gave voice to their concerns. His testimony in answer to the question "What does it mean to you to be a Christian?", and his ability to correctly cite the book of Matthew drew immediate empathy. After that, his performance was, well, just that - a performance. Obama's answer to the question on abortion was one of the few revealing moments, when he couldn't finesse an elegant non-answer. His reply when asked, "When do you believe life begins?" caught him in a vice grip between his very progressive & stridently pro-choice base, who would hear of it, and the audience in front of him. He stammered a bit, then said. "I don't think that I can answer that, either biologically or theologically. That's above my pay grade" Expect to see that last line in a McCain ad coming soon to every venue near you. What does it mean for a person running for Leader of the Free World, Commander in Chief, Writer of the Biggest Check on the Planet, and Person in Control of the Nuclear "Football" to say that something is above his pay grade? As I type, Putin & Medvedev's Russia has invaded a neighbor who happens to be our ally. Ahmadinajad in Iran is developing nuclear capabilities and has repeatedly stated his intent to wipe another ally, Israel, off the map. As a nation, we are running a massive trade deficit as well as a massive budget deficit, even before the fiscal time bomb called Social Security becomes a Black Hole for tax revenues. The next president will have to decide on many Big Issues, and if Obama can't come to a conclusion, then he needs to let the grown-ups decide. For all his tedium, McCain is centered. His answers throughout the night showed he knows who he is, what he believes, and that he is guided by a fixed compass. His answers were immediate and decisive, sometimes even curt. That's boring, but also reassuring in a dangerous world. I got the sense that McCain is a reliable quantity, while Obama is still developing his beliefs. The only non-negotiable aspect of Obama during the night seemed to be his desire to be President.