Wow, all the coded racism about him being an "empty suit," "naive," or inexperienced or otherwise unqualified did not work. When Independents watched him debate McCain on McCain's strong suit, no less, Obama won. Obama showed a command of the facts, pointed out McCain's distortions of Obama's record, and behaved in a more presidential manner, imho. (McCain did not even look Obama in the eyes, which someone pointed out is characteristic of a weaker animal when it must confront a stronger one of the same species.) Well, CBS, CNN, and others polls showed Obama won. But, I was waiting for Gallup, since they are the Republican stalwart, and a polling outfit that's highly respected. Obama topped McCain in debate: Gallup: The Swamp Among those who said they saw Friday night's premiere debate, 46 percent said Obama did a better job and 34 percent said McCain did, according to a USA Today/Gallup Poll run Saturday. ... "Seventy-two percent of (Republicans) and 74 percent of (Democrats) said that their party's candidate did the better job in the debate. This reinforces the conventional wisdom that many viewers watch a debate through their preexisting perceptual framework and end up with nothing more than reinforcement for what they believed before the debate began. "But among the crucial group of independents who watched the debate -- those most likely to actually be swayed by what transpired, Obama won by 10 points, 43 to 33 percent.