Perhaps it was an effort to be “serious,” but instead it was a bore. From Obama’s perspective he didn’t — other than insulting his running mate’s state — make any big gaffe. He survived with no stratches. From McCain’s point of view even the Luntz focus group liked him on economics. He is doing his best to be proactive and demonstrate interest and concern on domestic policy. His healthcare presentation was surprisingly impressive. On foreign policy he once again dominated but the amount of time devoted to that topic reflects the degree it has receded in importance.