http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=28120 Saddleback Forum: Republican spirits were boosted over the weekend by McCain's excellent performance at the quasi-debate hosted by evangelical super-pastor Rick Warren. McCain, by any honest measure, thoroughly outperformed Obama. One factor was the venue: a forum held by an evangelical pastor, with a focus on the social issues Obama has steadfastly avoided (and derided as divisive). Most surprisingly, McCain came across as smoother and more likable than did Obama. McCain was a story-teller while Obama was a nervous salesman. Unsurprisingly, McCain seemed more frank and more direct, while Obama was more obtuse and meandering. Obama supporters in the media defend his performance as "nuanced," but in this case, "nuanced" means "muddled and evasive." Liberals can make self-serving-and at times fair-defenses that their candidate is more "nuanced," but Obama is probably astute enough to see where John Kerry's, Al Gore's, and Bob Dole's "nuance" landed them. Most importantly, McCain showed himself comfortable with the entire range of issues, while Obama had to deal with issues he clearly would rather not talk about. On abortion and taxes, for example, Obama gave wandering, stammering responses while McCain was very direct and very conservative. Saturday night showed why Obama has tried since June to rule certain issues out-of-bounds, which is worrisome for the debates. If Obama can't convince the debate hosts to stick to Iraq, the economy, and President Bush, he may be in trouble.