Prior to the debate the McCainiacs were saying that Obama could deliver a prepared speech well, but that he couldn’t possibly do well in a freewheeling debate with McCain, who was much more experienced and supposed much more knowledgeable in the subject of foreign affairs. After the debate was over, the polls showed that Obama had won by a slight margin, so the McCainiacs changed their tune and said that Obama was just repeating the lines given to him by his handlers. They fingered the wrong person. That would be Sarah Palin’s strategy.
The House has just rejected the bailout bill, meaning that McCain failed in his attempt to get Congress to fix the financial crisis. More Republicans voted against the bailout than for it. McCain claims that he can “reach across the aisle” to get legislation passed (though his reach falls short of Obama), but he doesn’t even have enough influence over his own fellow Republicans. Maybe he means that he has as little influence over Democrats as Republicans.