CNN’S POLL VS. CNN’S SPIN: “CNN’s poll of debate viewers blares a puzzling headline: ‘Round 1 in debate goes to Obama, poll says.’ But the poll itself actually doesn’t say that.”

UPDATE: Rand Simberg noticed something in the debate that I did, too, but forgot to blog:

McCain just called for an end to cost-plus contracts in the debate.

I don’t know if they can be eliminated, but they should sure be cut way back. But good luck with that.

He also commented: “I have to say that so far, McCain is not doing very well. He’s letting Obama get away with a lot of lies and sophistry, calling him on very little of it.”

Yes, McCain didn’t go for the jugular. As somebody noted last night, Obama and McCain seem to kind of like each other. There’s nothing like the obvious mutual distaste we saw between Bush and Gore. Is that part of the Senate’s clubbiness, or is it genuine?

ANOTHER UPDATE: Todd Zywicki found the debate depressing, but comments:

For those of you who think that Barack Obama is qualified to be President more than Sarah Palin is to be Vice-President because of foreign policy issues, I’m sorry, but watching tonight’s debate that is simply an absurd position. Maybe they are both qualified (my view, although it is much easier to argue that Obama is qualified to be Vice-President as Obama’s lack of executive experience in making decisions and general aridity do worry me in seeing him as President in a world of Putins), or maybe they are both unqualified (although both seem obviously qualfied to be Vice-President). But the idea that Obama is qualified to be President and Palin unqualified to be Vice-President has never struck me as a particularly plausible position–and after last night, even less so.

And see what Joe Malchow thought, too.

MORE: Heck, it would be better if McCain had said “horseshit.” Oh, well, gotta save some excitement for the last debate . . . .