Sen. McCain won the debate on points. But he was supposed to win, so the fact that Obama fumbled a few questions just won’t matter.
If McCain had landed a knockout punch he might have raised the “ready to lead?” question about Obama. But he didn’t. Obama did fine. And he’s the frontrunner. Therefore he wins.
Or put it another way: If Gov. Palin does as well Thursday as Sen.Obama did tonight, Republicans will be happy.