On the one hand, it’s too bad that McCain’s blunder on Iran and al-Qaeda, which completely trashes his contention that in electing him we’d be electing some sort of expert on national security, had to happen the same day that Barack Obama gave one of the great speeches in American political history. The Speech may drive The Mistake off tomorrow’s front pages.
On the other hand, the contrast is pretty amazing. Whatever the polls say now, Barack Obama would destroy McCain in the debates.
People have not yet had the chance to see Obama and McCain go head to head. Today we saw exactly how intelligent and nuanced Obama is. In this series of remarks by McCain (and others; it’s not unique), we can see exactly how unprepared he is to win an argument against Obama.
In terms of intellect, grasp of policy details, nuance, and depth of knowledge, McCain is just not in Obama’s league — or, for that matter, Clinton’s. When we have a chance to see McCain debate a Democratic nominee, I have every confidence that this fact will become painfully obvious.