There was one continuous quality to McCain's demeanor throughout the debate. He was condescending and irritable.
McCain sent out the message that he was angry to be there, he was angry to be debating a younger candidate, and he was down right angry at the candidate himself.
Now in my book, this is a bad reflection on McCain. There is nothing harmonizing about this type of anger based, war based attitude.
Its quite the opposite. Rather than debate the issue and present one's value or worth or wealth of knowledge, McCain expends energy simply trying to make the other side look bad.
The condescension does not help the country at this point in time.
As the debate proceeded, it became clearer to Obama that McCain was using this dismissive attitude. At that point, Obama returned in kind, and I believe that this was merited and sent McCain a very clear message.
I suspect that Obama will come out attacking even harder in the future because Obama cannot be denied his savy, sophistication, exceptional intelligence, and command of the issues.
I was worried about the debate because I know that Obama has a more facile ability with words than McCain. I feard that he could literally overwhelm McCain with that facility.
At this point, Obama will be more aggressive in shredding McCain's points. The cat is out of the bag.