I really disliked McCain’s smug-ass attitude. Confidence is one thing, but he was just smarmy. On the other hand, he held his own fairly well, and showed that he’s got some charisma too.
I thought Obama didn’t come across as eloquently as he usually does, but what he was saying did have substance. They were both trying to out-bipartisan one another the entire time, which I found somewhat annoying.
The outcome of this for me is that McCain codified some reasons why I would no longer be willing to vote for him (as opposed to my views on him in 2000), such as foreign policy (too bossy!) and tax cuts for big businesses. Obama presented some good reasons for me to consider voting his way, again with the foreign policy and his version of tax cuts.
FTR, I voted for Ron Paul in the primary, making me a registered Republican, but I mostly identify as a Libertarian. I have intended to vote for Bob Barr, ever since it became clear that Senator Paul would not receive the nomination, but I am now considering voting Obama. Since I live in a Red state, neither vote would count anyway. I don’t think Obama or McCain is a bad choice, but I do have great reservations about Palin. I kind of like Biden, but I think that, strategically, Clinton might’ve been a better choice.
I wanna ask McCain who did get voted Miss Congeniality of the Senate. He really needs to not ever say that phrase again.