A pair of one-night polls gave Barack Obama a clear edge over John McCain in their first presidential debate.
Fifty-one percent said Obama, the Democrat, did a better job in Friday night’s faceoff while 38 percent preferred the Republican McCain, according to a CNN-Opinion Research Corp. survey of adults.
Obama was widely considered more intelligent, likable and in touch with peoples’ problems, and by modest margins was seen as the stronger leader and more sincere. Most said it was McCain who spent more time attacking his opponent.
The Republicans are going to get really desperate in the next three weeks as it dawns on them that this could be a landslide election in the Democrats favor. The inter-party fighting in Republican ranks is already clear from the House Republican rebellion on the bailout bill. It’s going to get more ferocious, because the right wing is no longer fighting for the 2008 election, they are battling for control of the party machine and its money for 2009 and beyond.