"I was a little disappointed the media called it a tie, but I think that means when they call it a tie that means we win."
I may be a little late on this, but I thought I'd gauge the perceptions out there on this quotation. If you assume that a runner is an underdog and/or someone having to play offense, is that a win for the Arizona senator?
Here's what we know:
1) Last week was bad for McCain.
Effect: potentially lowered expectations
2) Foreign policy is supposed to be McCain's area.
Effect: Expectations were relatively high.
3) McCain played the experience/understanding card all night, but Obama was able to counter that by simply holding his own on the debate stage.
Effect: Well, that's where the tie comes in.
So, does McCain win in a draw scenario? More importantly, what happens if the McCain-Obama debates continue to be draws? That last one may or may not be obvious, but feel free to discuss while I update the electoral college map to reflect the changes brought about by yesterday's handful of polls.
The Electoral College Map (9/28/08)
The Electoral College Map (9/27/08)
Open Thread: First 2008 Presidential Debate