My general impression was that Obama came across as cool and gracious, while McCain seemed like a particularly nasty guy tonight, and I can't believe that his snide sarcasm appeals to anyone except his hard core supporters.
McCain was even more prolific than usual with his falsehoods about economic policy, and he didn't have a meaningful reply when Obama said this:
the fact of the matter is that if I occasionally have mistaken your policies for George Bush's policies, it's because on the core economic issues that matter to the American people, on tax policy, on energy policy, on spending priorities, you have been a vigorous supporter of President Bush.I wish Obama had been able to drive this point home a bit more: on economic policy, what McCain proposes is the Bush administration on steroids. We've had eight years of tax cuts for those who need them least and corporations, and McCain is proposing more of the same.
Here's a video which undermines McCain's attempt to say that he stood apart from Bush: