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If I were a Star Trek computer, I would be saying "error, error" and smoke would be coming out of my CPU right now. You see, Clive Crook watched the joint Saddleback appearance of Obama and McCain, and writes:

Clive Crook: If this event were all I knew of the two candidates, I would prefer Obama, though with reservations. McCain crossed the line between concise and simplistic (not to say bombastic) too many times.... If it's a choice between (a) handwringing over specificity and (b) dogmatic certainty on an issue that (in my view) does not support it, I'll reluctantly take (a).

But then he also writes:

[S]urely McCain won. Much to my surprise, given some of his recent outings, he seemed much more presidential...

"Presidential" means "acting in a way that would make one a good president." Crook says that at this event Obama acted more in a way that would make a good president. Crook says that McCain was "much more presidential."

Does not compute. Error. Error. Sputter. Whirr. Error. Crackle...

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