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Posted at 10:49 PM on Friday, September 26, 2008 by David Horowitz
The Debate's Crucial Subtext: Reaction Shots
Call me strange but I think undecided and swing voters are more swayed by character than by issues. The issues voters are already committed. Watching the debate this evening I was struck by the inability of Obama to keep his cool when his positions were challenged by his opponent. During the second half of the debate he was rattled and lost his composure almost every time John McCain contested or contradicted what he said. Scowls, inappropriate smiles, shaking of the head, rude interruptions betrayed the inner roiling of the presidential aspirant's emotions. It reminded me of Gore's unhinged performance in the 2000 debates. None of the TV pundits I watched even mentioned this. But to my mind the crucial question the debate posed was this: Is this a man you would feel safe entrusting with the most powerful position on earth in the midst of the greatest challenges this nation has faced in a generation? That's still the question that swing voters will answer and in my view will decide this question.

David Horowitz is the founder of The David Horowitz Freedom Center and author of the new book, One Party Classroom.

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