Tonight's the night. The last debate of the 2008 Presidential Election will take place tonight at Hofstra University. What can we expect to see, and what does McCain need to do to narrow the widening gap in the polls?
McCain did poorly in the last two debates, and there is no reason to believe that he will fare any better tonight. McCain has looked old and angry. He has done nothing to change the image of the old man who yells, "Hey kids, get off my lawn!" Obama has looked calm and controlled. He has also looked very "Presidential." We are in a time of economic crisis, and more and more undecided voters are viewing Obama as the man who they want at the helm of the ship of state.
If we see the same performances from both candidates, Obama should maintain his lead and may even see it grow. McCain says he's gonna kick Obama's "you know what." He will have a difficult time doing this without looking like a grumpy old man.
Will McCain go on the attack tonight? Will he bring up William Ayers or Reverend Jeremiah Wright? The Dow dropped 733 points today, so the focus should be on the economy. If McCain gets into the "dirt," don't believe for one moment that Obama isn't ready for him. My belief is that Obama will return the focus to the economy and make McCain look foolish for not talking about the economy.
Buzz and I will be watching the debate and enjoying a good cigar. We'll let you know what we think tomorrow.