The question the media are incessantly attempting to answer today...one day after the initial presidential debate.
TIME suggests that in multiple ways, Sen. Barack Obama got the better of Sen. John McCain.
In a front-page story, the Washington Post suggests that both men scored relevant points.
One New York Times analyst delivered a rather down-the-middle analysis...until the very end when she let her opinion sneak into her piece.
And this summary from Mike Allen of Politico.com:
Obama won: George Stephanopoulos, Frank Luntz, John Dickerson, Mark Halperin, CBS News instant poll and CNN post-debate poll.
McCain won: Roger Simon ('The Mac is back'), Nina Easton, William Kristol, Fred Barnes, Fox News Texting Poll, Drudge online poll and Terry Moran (sorta).
Tie: Mike Murphy (to anchor David Gregory on MSNBC: 'No game-changer and we're going to have a rematch.').
Interesting, isn't it? Perceived or actual Democrats or liberals think Obama won; perceived or real Republicans or conservatives think McCain won. I'm stunned by this. Absolutely shocked that there is a perfect correlation between one's political ideology...and the determination of who won last night's debate.
Glad to see all these people refused to allow their personal opinions to cloud their judgment. Keep it up, folks.