I was willing to give McCain more points than most observers; but that may be a function of my age. I actually recognized a lot of his references; but I suspect his audience, most of whom are much younger, didn’t recognize his references to Churchill and Reagan.
I watched on CNN and was fascinated by the instant response from their focus group across the bottom of the screen. McCain constantly did well with his Republican base; but when he attacked Obama, the green Independents’ line went down. Obama got the Dems and the Independents on almost every issue.