Nate's logic is impeccable, but it presupposes that Obama will not do well in the foreign policy debate. I tend to think that he might be able to surprise a few people. Obama's been right on a lot of foreign policy issues so far, McCain's been wrong on a lot. Obama's generally had smart things to say on the subject, McCain's had a lot of gaffes on the subject. His foreign affairs/military expertise is based almost entirely on his life story, and at many times he's struck me as an ill-informed rube.
I'm not saying Nate is wrong, but I think the situation might be even worse for McCain, since the expectations are already going to be sky-high for him on this debate.
The Man, The Myth, The Bio
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- Problem: I have lots of opinions on politics and culture that I need to vent. If I do not do this I will wind up muttering to myself, and that's only like one or two steps away from being a hobo. Solution: I write two blogs. A political blog that has some evident sympathies (pro-Obama, mostly liberal though I dissent on some issues, like guns and trade) and a culture blog that does, well, cultural essays in a more long-form manner. My particular thing is taking overrated things (movies, mostly, but other things too) down a peg and putting underrated things up a peg. I'm sort of the court of last resort, and I tend to focus on more obscure cultural phenomena.