the third debate
I thought it was plainly the best debate, much more substantive and more follow-up questions, and also that McCain was more effective than in his previous outings. But the polls showed that Obama came out ahead again, presumably by remaining unflappable when under attack, McCain's go-for-the-jugular approach--if the trend lines are to be believed--being especially unpopular with female voters. I guess there's something to being a law professor after all.
We'll see what happens in the remaining weeks. The debates and the economic news put McCain in a very difficult position. But four weeks are still a long time, and the gap has closed a bit in the recent polling: we'll see.