McCain Underpromises, Overdelivers; Still Grumpy Old Republican Debate Analysis from Maegan Carberry: Unfortunately, Obama crashed in the middle of a stellar performance, essentially yielding a tie. He was clear and effective communicating about the inequitable burden the bailout plan would place on most regular Americans, but when the conversation turned to foreign policy he was not aggressive enough . . . The thing Obama and Democrats have going for us is the last eight years. . . the fact remains that America has been governed under Republican principles for almost a decade, and they’ve tanked the nation.