Let me state now that I am not a fan of McCain. Quite possibly McCain felt the election was going to be all flowers and cupcakes. There was already enough dirt on Obama to warrant voting against him. Most of that dirt was released by Obama himself. Obama was already his own worst enemy, or at least he should have been in the eyes of the voters. You are right about the debates. Romney needs to come out fighting. He can't be a typical pacifist Republican if he wants to win.