I think John McCain was projecting his own anger at the debate when he kept saying that Americans are angry. I don’t think we are angry but we are frightened and anxious. Harold Meyerson writing in the Washington Post called McCain an angry white man. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2008/10/the_final_debate_angry_white_m.html?
I thought for a while that McCain was going to trounce Obama with Joe the Plumber, but then he got angry and millions heard the names of the others that also served on the Community board with Barak and Bill Ayres. And then when John McCain dismissed concern over the life of the mother and the protections that were being sought for her, I knew that he had lost the Clinton supporters who were still insisting they were voting for McCain.
I can’t really understand why McCain is behaving in what for him seems to be such an unnatural way. If you look at his performanace on Letterman or clips of him at the Al Smith Dinner, he is quite funny. But that’s not what you see on the campaign trail. Obama, on the other hand, was self-deprecating and also funny at the dinner before moving into great remarks about the importance of service. One gets the feeling that Obama knows who he is and is comfortable “in his own skin” as the saying goes.
In the end, I don’t think the anger does anyone any good.