Maybe because Barack Obama was too well-prepared for this first presidential debate and McCain threw up screens of smoke: they seemed to stick to the lines of their campaigns.
McCain saved times on the economic issues and had not a lot to say, except this overused point : Barack Obama will increase taxes... He finally succeeded to slide the debate to Iraq.
He insisted on how Barack Obama does not understand, how naive he is...
And he once again plaid the POW card at the end.
Barack Obama may not have taken enough advantage about this long part on economy, which could have been a great opportunity for him...
His answer about his gaffe concerning his meeting Ahmadinejad without preconditions was well elaborated by really good advisers, who smartly linked it to a Kissinger declaration, and begins to be convincing:
His referencing McCain's confusion about Prime Minister of Spain Zappatero was well done and funny.
His insisting on his ability to restore US image to the world was good, since polls seem to agree with that point.
But all of it was made up before with his advisers and he may not have stretched out enough on this debate and reacted to John McCain.
An agressive campaign of screen of smoke, without any content but stunt on the one hand and on the other hand such an uptight effort to prove how ready he is... Nothing really new though...
By the way, when you insist that much to prove something, doesn't it turn out people see more the effort than the point you're trying to make?