You miss the point once again, it is your extreme partisanship that blinds you at times. I thought the Bentsen-Quayle debate was hilarious, and possibly even more one-sided and embarrassing than the first Bush-Kerry debate -- well maybe not. I voted for Bush 41 BTW -- eagerly, despite his breathtakingly poor choice of a running mate. Once again, the point is and was this -- this race is still McCain vs. Obama.
That is an oversimplification of the current political scene. That may be the headline, but the election will be decided by about 5 million swing voters on election date. So we ask who are they and what will influence their decisions?
The VP candidates are more important in this cycle than in any in recent memory. The first is that Hillary is not
a candidate for either post. That leaves a lot of women in that swing group for obvious reasons. Second, the "change" candidate, Obama, chose a non-change VP candidate in Biden, known mostly for his verbosity and his assassination of Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas. Third, McCain picked a VP candidate who represents to those swing voters all the characteristics of the feminist agenda without the victimhood identity or liberal credentials.
On their own, Obama presents like a young, strong sapling tree without real roots, but especially after his speech McCain looks like a mature, rough, time-worn oak tree. My bet is on McCain.
BTW: During the first part of the O'Reilly interview, BHO finally admitted the Iraq troop surge "worked beyond our wildest dreams." If he's so good at assessing the public's views and needs, what kept him from this recognition so long--ignorance, stubbornness or sheer stupidity?