This Debate Wasn’t “The One”, But Johnny Mac Did Good

    A mythology has grown up about presidential debates that needs to be debunked. Nixon didn’t lose the 1960 election because of a five o’clock shadow. Reagan didn’t nail 1980 with “there you go again”. Al Gore didn’t blow 2000 by treading on GWB’s space or showing up with the orange glop makeup. Debates are about impressions and revelations about the personae. Thus, they are important, | Read More »

    Did the Debate Look Like This to You, Too?

    Media outlets – Did McCain win in their eyes?

    Anyone finding polls saying McCain won – other than the 82% win on Fox News’ informal text-message poll? It is early, but I would love to see how many polls favor McCain’s experience over Obama’s posturing and theory.

    Watching replay of the debate

    I know that I am probably living in a fantasy land, but I remember growing up that you were always taught to respect your elders even when you are disagreeing with them. With that in mind, why is Obama calling John McCain by his first name. Now if the press wasn’t so in the tank, they would point that out, but they will not, now | Read More »

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    Biden Supports Federalism?

    Biden made comments tonight after the debate, specifically saying that in Iraq, we needed local control and a smaller central government. Sounds to me like he supports federalism – the idea that big government is usually bad government. Yet, his running-mate advocates the biggest increase in the size of government in history. Obama is a socialist – and he’s not even in the closet. He | Read More »

    Word clouds from tonight’s Presidential debate

    Based on CNN’s transcript, here are the word clouds from Senators McCain and Obama from tonight’s debate. John McCain’s: Barack Obama’s: Word clouds were created with Wordle.

    Wise, but old, hand overtakes strong, energetic neophyte

    That’s the upshot of tonight’s first presidential debate in Oxford, MS. The debate cannot be judged, though, without taking note of the drama behind whether it was going to take place to begin with. McCain took a gamble this week and suspended his campaign so he could fly back to Washington and broker a deal on Hank Paulson’s bailout plan. Obama throws a grenade on | Read More »

    Wise, but old, hand overtakes strong, energetic neophyte

    That’s the upshot of tonight’s first presidential debate in Oxford, MS. The debate cannot be judged, though, without taking note of the drama behind whether it was going to take place to begin with. McCain took a gamble this week and suspended his campaign so he could fly back to Washington and broker a deal on Hank Paulson’s bailout plan. Obama throws a grenade on | Read More »

    Vote on who won the debate…Kossites are thronging the polls

    Here’s a list of polls where RedStaters can vote on who won the debate. It seems that our lovely friends on the other side of the internet at DailyKos have sent their minions to swarm these polls. Perhaps we could do our share? Vote at AOL Vote at Drudge Vote at Newsvine Vote at MSNBC Vote at Chicago Tribune Vote at Atlanta Journal-Constitution Vote at | Read More »

    “I have a bracelet too!”

    If “I have a bracelet too” isn’t going to be fodder for future SNL skits, then there’s no justice in this world. I can see it now. “I’m wearing argyle socks too!” “I am wearing underwear too!” That was about the most forceful, direct statement Obama made all night, and it was entirely inappropriate. Was Obama trying to contradict, somehow, McCain’s very moving testimony, in | 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 »

    McCain wins, but let’s ask the media

    It was impressive to watch John McCain hold his own on issues of the domestic economy while moderator Jim Lehrer lingered for almost the first 40 minutes. I saw McCain smiling and anxious to speak, while Obama alternated between staged confidence, mock impatience, and outright anger. Obama could not shine, but neither could score a knockout. Obama blamed Bush/McCain, but McCain, I think, successfully ejected | Read More »

    First Impressions

    Having to go to work in the rainy Maine AM, I am only watching the first question in this historic debate. The first response from Obama provided an insight to his speech-writers accumen. Mcain’s response was less scripted and more down to earth. Let me know what you think.

    The “Uhs” return

    Everyone knew what the first question would be. It sounded, on radio when I was listening, that Obama had a scripted statement. The second question, the uhs have returned. He’s just not that good on his feet. Nonetheless, Senator Obama is looking more at the camera than John McCain, which is a plus. Man they are both makeuped!

    The Debate Live Blog

    Has McCain successfully thrown Obama off his game by doing the Washington trip? Will we get a lot of populist pablum tonight? I bet so. Take a shot every time Obama claims he supports the surge. Shoot yourself in the face if McCain goes after the free market. In any event, let’s get the beer chilling, the bourbon poured, and start this chat. WARNING: Taking | Read More »