The Economy: McCain hit the point that it is Congressional Democrats who allowed Fannie and Freddie to abuse the system, which is the source of the mortgage/credit market fiasco. Renegotiating mortgages at their adjusted values makes sense as well.
Did Obama have a plan? I think it was criticizing McCain.
On job creation: Obama says the government needs to invest in renewable energy, etc. Where's that money going to come from Pampers, your magic money tree?
For once corporate tax cuts make sense. It's the private sector that is going to create the green jobs, not the government. [But let's set those tax cuts up as incentives to corporations to create green jobs, and lessen their carbon footprints markedly. Similar incentives should be made for small businesses]
On foreign policy; Pampers didn't answer the Pakistan question. McCain wants to apply tailored surge principles to Waziristan and Afghanistan. The only way you can get these tribes to back us is to make it worth their while. Obama's solution? We shouldn't have invaded Iraq.
As I've said before, arguing would have should have does not change the fact that we're there. We need to deal with the now, not what we should have done.
Israel: If Israel were attacked by Iran would we move unilaterally to defend Israel or would we consult the UNSC?
McCain unequivocally said we would not wait for others to approve our defense of Israel.
Obama never answered the question. The closest he got was saying something about options being "on the table." In other words, Israel can piss in the wind as far as Obama is concerned. Let there be no debate on the subject. He can go to synagogues, he can go to Yad Vashem. He can go to the Kotel and publicize the contents of the note he placed there. He can say whatever he likes. But when asked what he would do in the event that Israel faced an existential threat he made it clear where he stands: nowhere. If you vote for Obama, don't ever tell me you are a supporter of Israel.
On Russia: Pampers claims he made a statement regarding Georgia in April. The only statement he made was on his website, not on the floor of the Senate, not to any international body...so who fucking cares? When he gave a press conference during the Russian invasion Pampers said he would demand the UN Security Council pass a resolution condemning Russian aggression, and demanding Russian withdrawal, failing to understand that Russia is a permanent member of the UNSC and can veto any resolution it likes. Pampers doesn't even have a basic grasp of UNSC function, let alone have any ability to face down Vladimir Putin.
McCain once again has warned us about Ukraine. As he mentioned in the last debate, Putin will very likely move against the Crimea, undermining Ukranian autonomy, and threatening energy distribution to Europe and elsewhere. And when he says that he looked into Putin's eyes and saw three letters; KGB it is not a joke. For you Pampers supporters that were in Pampers yourselves when the USSR existed, Vladimir Putin was the head of the KGB. It has always been his intention to centralize power and return Russia to a totalitarian state. It has been patently obvious from the time he took power. McCain has known this from the beginning. Bush failed to see it, but then Bush can't eat pretzels either. McCain came off as being prepared. Pampers is clueless.
Healthcare: Both plans suck. Though Pampers is lying when he says McCain's tax credit is a wash. Five thousand dollars is a lot more than I would pay for a year of health insurance premiums. But still, the plan ain't Hillary's...not by a long shot. Pampers doesn't really have a plan. He says you can get the same product as Congress, but who's going to pay for it? Reducing costs with electronic files is bullshit. It's words, not a plan.
Most likely this will be cast as a draw. McCain has a better grasp of what we're facing. Pampers probably communicated better, but didn't really say anything...as usual.
I humbly suggest a new format: Partisan Ticket Paintball McCain/Palin v Pampers/Gaffeboy. Maybe then everyone will stay awake.