Moderator Jim Lehrer added to the football mentality when he laid the ground rules: there was a coin toss to decide who would speak first (Obama won the toss). But the crowd would not be a factor, as Lehrer declared no crowd noise would be allowed.
But the pre-game excitement was soon replaced by ennui. It was a lackluster debate.
Despite the so-called “enthusiasm gap,” delegates here are pretty fired up about McCain and Palin. The mainstream media and even some McCain advisers have been saying McCain’s pick was an attempt to woo Hillary supporters. But it’s McCain attempt to court the Christian conservatives within the party.
When we walked into Samia Kouzah's dingy two-room flat in Zarqa, Jordan, I almost didn't recognize her daughter as human. Rahmad, age twenty months, sat on the couch quietly looking at us. She has a severely deformed skull, shaped like a mushroom, and her eyes bulge out like a cartoon.
President Bush's visit to the Middle East was front-page news here in Amman, Jordan, but few people were taking his words seriously. As a local friend here told me today, everybody laughs at what George Bush says.