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Barack Obama had rhetorical lift and volume tonight. John McCain had neither but quite a bit of substance. On the issue of “accomplishments” Obama seemed peeved that McCain would not acknowledge his own accomplishments. Juan Williams observes on Fox that he is not sure what Obama refers to since his accomplishments are scanty.

So the struggle for McCain will be to get some presentation skills. The struggle for Obama is to convince people he has the gravitas to be President. McCain will argue Obama’s agenda is rewarmed liberalism; Obama will say not.

And it is on these gaps and contrasts that the campaign will be run.