For an instant verdict on the second presidential debate, few of the talking heads last night offered a more trenchant analysis (in that I fully agreed with it) than Pat Buchanan, one of my favorite conservative commentators.
And looking like a president was, is, and will be the single most important task for Obama in the fall of 2008.
To quote Buchanan, after watching Obama for 90 minutes: "This isn't some radical."
Nope. It's, maybe, a president.
And folks, let's not make a big deal about McCain calling Obama "that one."
My saintly Irish grandmother referred to whoever happened to be ticking her off at the moment as "that one."
It's an old-fashioned way of conveying annoyance and outrage. Not disrespect.