By Rove's Pre-Debate Logic

Didn't McCain lose? Money quote:

Mr. McCain needs to come across as optimistic, loose and likable. He must guard against revealing his lack of respect for Mr. Obama. And he must grab the "change" banner from Mr. Obama by describing a few things he'll do internationally that are new and different.

On those points, McCain blew it. He can't hide his contempt for Obama. In this angry atmosphere a 26-year Senate veteran cannot afford to seem offended that a relative newcomer can challenge him.