McCain Hits a Triple, Obama Gets Mad — But Not Even Debate Analysis from Lizzy Blackney: The economic crisis should have been the knockout punch for Barack Obama. During the first presidential debate, which was supposed to focus entirely on Foreign Policy, opened with a focus on the Bush/Paulson/Pelosi driven $700 billion bailout deal. Conventional wisdom always gives Democrats an edge when the economy is limping along. My man McCain. Just yesterday the press declared him dead over the suspension of his campaign. He walked right in, looking the part - he was vigorous. Virile even. Spoiling for a fight. He gave better than he got.