So says Mark Halperin, and so say some focus groups. Honestly, there's no reason to trust my impressions on these things at all: I remember being convinced that Al Gore just demolished George W. Bush in the first two debates in 2000, and that Bush turned the tables on him in the third, when all the world ended up agreeing that it was precisely the reverse. But I still think McCain won tonight.

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