My thoughts on debating politics with someone are a lot how I feel about the special olympics, even if you win, you're still retarded. That said, my stance on the election is one best described as surprised. Mostly that Obama won and especially in his flawless marketing that took him to a victory. Not to say he's a bad candidate... maybe a little under qualified with lack of experience... But I didn't think that the American people had reached a level where charisma outweighed substance.
I was a Mccain supporter but only by about 2% more than Obama. It just seemed a little too extreme to hand the country over in a time of economic crisis and the biggest financial market meltdown of the century to a man who has never run a business (ie the process of checks and balances) nor has made significant policy changes in his past. That isn't to say he won' rise to the occasion, it's saying he won't have the instincts to make quick decisions. His advisors will have their hands full.
What really sold me were the candidate's speeches and debates. Where Obama promised change and hope, McCain offered tax cuts and market solutions. Where Obama said he would do something and not how, McCain gave specific instances of the steps he would take to achieve it. McCain is about as charismatic as Gilbert Godfried but the substance to his points made me look past the polished exterior and on to what the solutions to our problems will be. He's old as fuck, stiff, has poor body language, a disfigured face and doesn't appeal to black or women voters: He's proper fucked if you look externally. Not only this, but his real downfall (other than the idiot Palin) was that his ties to George Bush were not aggressively marketed against. There was no response to the Obama campaign's message that "McCain voted with the president on issues over 90% of the time". Nobody likes Bush. He will go down as a terrible 8 years in American History. The people are sick of his shit. Why wouldn't you try and distance yourself form that as much as possible?
Either way maybe a little change in the oval office is good. Obama has the Charisma necessary to get the job done. If he can figure out that other 90% like budget and national security I think we might just make it.
PS This is the best political video on the internet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzyT9-9lUyE