Some Obama supporters have worried that he allowed himself to be on the defensive in the debates, particularly the first and third ones. I disagree.
It's true that McCain was on the attack, never moreso than last night. How'd that work for him?
Obama was able to absorb nearly every punch with a calm, reasoned response. And then once in a while, he delivered a well-timed, well-placed counter-punch that was damaging because it was so unexpected.
Muhammed Ali called this technique Rope-a-Dope.
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Ronald Reagan used to say that the most frightening nine words in the English language were "I'm from the government and I'm here to help." That is no longer true. This year, the most frightening eight words are "I'm John McCain and I approved this message."