RS Interviews: Heritage/AEI Post-debate reactions.
I talked with several folks from Heritage and AEI after the debate, in order to get their reactions to how the debate went, how it came off, and how they felt the debate came across to watchers. As you can see, spin rooms are kind of noisy; they’re also pretty focused places. Everybody in there – including probably you – needs a specific piece of | Read More »
The CNN/Heritage/AEI debate, the day after.
My post-debate take, which is of course made vastly more relevant by the fact that… I followed it onsite rather than online. Well, online at onsite. Generally, these events are a bit different from the inside, including (surprisingly) less chances to schmooze with the candidates than you’d expect. A ‘spin room’ is there primarily to get access to raw material for the article that you | Read More »
So, here we are at the CNN/Heritage/AEI Debate.
Soren and I are here to cover the debate and the post-debate ‘spin.’ The debate will be at 8PM; it’s hosted by CNN, Heritage, and AEI, and will focus on national security and foreign policy. And now, a look at the glory that is a Press File Center: (Or… not) I know: fascinating. This is going into diaries; most of my commentary will be via | Read More »
President wishes to troll GOP debate.
The basic gist of this is as follows: President Barack Obama has requested – please note that word – that he be permitted to address Congress about jobs in a special joint session next Wednesday evening at 8 PM. Unfortunately, the White House is apparently as self-aware about national events as is, say, a brain-damaged basset hound, because it unaccountably missed noticing that there was | Read More »
My preliminary reaction: positions unchanged.
[UPDATE]: One other thought, as triggered by something I saw over NRO: ye gods but were those questions dull. McCain got some good shots in with Fannie/Freddie, Obama got a good moment or two betraying the progressives over nuclear power, offshore drilling, and Israel; I’ll give the closing statement to McCain, but Obama humanizes amazingly when he’s talking about his wife. No insanely bad howlers | Read More »
Well, *that* was a relief.
Sorry: I got comprehensively shut down on the internet about 40 minutes in, so you all had to lose my deathless prose. Such as it was. First impressions: Obama was prepared, but not comfortable – and he got less and less comfortable as the debate went on. There were at least two or three times where he tried to needle McCain, and about four or | Read More »
And as we get ready for the debate…
Remind me never to wish for a shakeup in the race ever again. You’d think that I’d have learned my lesson in 2000, when I hoped that the election wouldn’t be the usual “we all knew the answer by 9 PM” lopsided victory. Clearly, somebody listens to my errant whims – and, yes, that worries me, too. But seriously: this is going to be different; | Read More »
I don’t think that I believe the Palin debate substitution rumor, myself.
It feels a little… forced, not to mention too cute. I can understand why people would believe it, though: it does fit in nicely with the already-established fact that Senator Obama’s foreign policy and executive experience is better compared to the GOP’s Vice-Presidential nominee, not the Presidential one… [UPDATE]: It’s been suggested that I promote this, so that people can argue about it in comments. | Read More »