A matter of demeanor in tonight’s debate: John McCain is speaking in high pitched, defensive tones, and his body language is looking defensive as well. McCain is pacing around and around the circle of the stage, the outsides of which are lined with seats all around. He’s moving abruptly, with tension, staring at audience members in the eyes, almost as if he’s trying to force them to back down.
Barack Obama is moving and talking at a calm pace. He’s strolling across the stage as if he’s on summer vacation on a comfortable day.
John McCain is acting as if his life is at stake, as if he’s pleading with the audience members not to physically attack him. McCain appears as if he’s trying to convince the people who are actually in the studio to vote for him. He seems to have forgotten that there’s a larger audience. There are between 100 and 200 people in that studio – not enough to win him the election.
We were told that John McCain considered the Town Hall format to be his strong suit, but it doesn’t appear to be serving him well tonight.