I’m giving this space to David Plouffe, Barack Obama’s campaign manager:

Barack Obama won a resounding victory in John McCain’s favorite debate format because he made the case for change that will rebuild the middle class. The American people asked tough questions tonight, and only Barack Obama was in touch with their struggles and offered clear and passionate answers about creating jobs, reducing health care costs, cutting taxes for 95% of working families, and responsibly ending the war in Iraq. John McCain was all over the map on the issues, and he is so angry about the state of his campaign that he referred to Barack Obama as “that one” – last time he couldn’t look at Senator Obama, this time he couldn’t say his name. The McCain campaign said, “if we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.”

“That one?”

That “what”, John?

Was this a racist statement?  Did he mean, “That black guy?”

Maybe not.

I agree with Plouffe.  Barack won this one hands down.

The polls should reflect that over the next week or so.  Barack will gain ground.