I agree. Yes, it was McCain's best debate... he wasn't good at the first two... but also his worst. He came out stronger in this one, but lost it, as per his personality. He has a history of getting angry and it came out in the debate. He demonstrated vividly that he is not presidential material. The attacks probably pleased his base, but they don't really seem to care about the bigger issues on the times. They like and have demanded dirty. Sadly, he has played down to their level recently, rather than trying to lift them up. Slowly but surely, the conservative movement is sinking itself. Even Buckley jumped ship!
A slideshow of McCanin's different faces during the debate:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/1..._n_135255.html
The last tongue-out joking around bit was disturbing, at best. Would he do something similar when meeting a foreign head of state? As the rolling Stone article suggested, he has never really grown up; he can't control his temper and thus could not be trusted with the codes to nukes.
Hopefully, he has not already led the sheep too far away form Obma so that when Obama becomes resident they will ruin the country while trying to get even or whatever with Obama because of McCain's weaknesses.
I was saddened again for the country watching McCain's performance tonight; he needed to show true leadership that would improve the country. Instead, he continued down the same road of uncontrolled anger that is currently ripping the country apart and setting up a difficult and uncertain future.
That people care so little about the country as a whole is deeply saddening.
I also agree that the debates shouldn't be compared to boxing matches. The guy who gets the other wins the WH! No. The one who presents a better platform, argues it well and maintains a manner befitting the office should win. There should be no need for "gloves coming off" or other school-yard antics; it is detrimental to the country and also humiliating on the world stage.
Many people were impressed by Palin's acceptance speech. It was horrible, but well-delivered. Since then, she has been horrible when unscripted. So, the one performance didn't cut it. The debates are slightly different (unless you are Palin and declare you aren't actually participating). This third debate style was the best as it didn't allow that many prepped speeches; this is where Mccain got tripped up.