I have to admit I’m nervous, but I can’t actually imagine what could happen tonight that could change the pattern. In retrospect, the first debate may turn out to have been McCain’s last clear chance to get back in the game.
At reception earlier today, someone said to me, “All Obama needs to do to win is keep calm.” And someone else added, “And he’s pretty good at that.” Right.
If you can keep your head when all about you,
are losing theirs and blaming it on you …
your name is probably Barack Obama or David Plouffe or David Axelrod.
Candidates enter. McCain actually looks at Obama as they shake hands, gives a reasonable facsimile of a smile.