What demeanor should McCain display tonight? Angry doesn’t work. Solemn doesn’t work. ake-smiley doesn’t work. Instead, McCain should go back to his roots and unleash his inner smart-aleck. If Obama accuses him of being erratic in a crisis, he should say: “So I’m erotic in a crisis? Who knew?”
This approach has a couple of advantages. First, it enables McCain to show the more appealing side of his personality. Second, it throws Obama off his game. His handlers have surely anticipated every possible attack line about Ayers and Wright. And as a good liberal, he’s waiting for the chance to say, “Have you left no sense of decency?” But he’d be hard put to defend against ridicule. The One can’t handle the jokes.
So to get ready for the debate, McCain should lay aside the notes, crack open a beer, and watch Animal House.