Just keeping the boxing theme going, though by now it doesn’t seem to work as well. It was a much tamer debate than expected, with very little of the sharp confrontation we saw between McCain and Romney last night. Obama hardly allowed his criticisms to come out in the open, using allusion and indirect references to attack his opponent. Clinton, on the other hand, deftly parried most (though not all) of Obama’s attacks, and hardly countered with any attacks of her own, instead steering the discussion toward her own main talking point: experience.
As expected issues of importance to Latinos (immigration) were sharply examined, with Clinton seemingly coming out on top with a clearer position. And as expected, Obama subtly hit Clinton on her Iraq record. Between those two issues, it was pretty much a wash: neither candidate seemed to come out the winner in the debate.
The generally cordial nature between the candidates, the regular jokes and even laughter during the debate, was likely the biggest surprise of the evening. What seemed impossible even days ago — a Clinton-Obama ticket for the presidency — is now not so far fetched after all. The two candidates’ positions were clear well before this last debate: their apparent willingness to work together after the nomination was possibly the only real revelation from this debate.