posted on Aug, 19 2008 @ 11:06 AM
Originally posted by dbates
Were there really any "surprise" questions? I'd like to think that each party's nominee has a grasp on all the current issues that could come up
in a scenario like this. It's not like they were going to ask him how many green M&Ms were in a jar. These are the same questions he gets asked every
day. McCain knows all the questions by heart by now I'm sure. This isn't' his first rodeo ya know.
It only looked like he was cheating because he had 23 years of military service, much of it in a command position. And he's been in national politics
since 1981. Obama stammered and looked silly in comparison because he's a freshman Senator.
Obama was still a college professor at the University of Chicago Law School when the Iraq war started. Of course the questions were harder for him.
He's new to this game.
So many people here are entirely missing the point...
I am not questioning who performed better.
McCain did well in comparison to past performances, no question.
I can see how McCain supporters would contend he performed better than Obama, though I whole heartedly disagree.
BUT....Prior to the debate Obama agreed to go first and McCain AGREED to sit in the "cone of silence" and then immediately go on stage so as to not
have the advantage of huddling with campaign staff and strategizing with regards to how Obama answered AND also to prevent him from hearing the FULL
SLATE of questions as opposed to the few questions both candidates got.
WHETHER MCCAIN IS/WAS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING AS WELL AS HE DID IS BESIDE THE POINT AND DOES NOT CHANGE THE ORIGINAL OP THAT HE CHEATED.
Think of the case of champion athletes who take performance enhancing drugs. Nobody says...well they would have won anyway, look at their record or
training. They chose to cheat. They cheated.