I don’t know why I watch the debates, really I don’t. I didn’t watch the first one.
Anyway, you know Michael Kinsley’s saying, “A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth”? Well, I don’t think anything has risen to the “gaffe” level, necessarily. But watching the instant reaction dial, you can tell that in certain instances, John McCain says things that people don’t like. For instance, he keeps bringing up Joe Lieberman, and people hate Lieberman. But McCain really likes Lieberman, and he really thinks that his connection with Lieberman is a reason to vote for him. Similarly, he keeps bringing up things that he has to know are unpopular. So watch the dials — when they go below 50, that’s what McCain values.