They watched the debate at the New York Times

    Perhaps the New York Times’ editors had asked Adam Nagourney and Jeff Zeleny to write something more-or-less objective about last night’s debate, and they are fine for the first several paragraphs, but then they slip into a bitter and disgruntled mode:Mr. McCain, in the kind of misstep that no doubt would have been used by Republicans against Mr. Obama, mangled the name of the Iranian | Read More »

    Round 1: McCain Upends Obama

    The first presidential debate mirrored the campaign itself. Barack Obama came across as smooth and reassuring, while John McCain was feisty and knowledgeable. The voters thus must decide whether style or substance is more crucial this election year. And they must choose the latter in these trying times.It was being said beforehand that Obama needed to hold his own in order to ‘win’, and to | Read More »

    What McCain needs to do in the economic debate

    I have to agree that Obama won the economic debate last night. McCain should have won handily on foreign policy – that was no contest, and Obama only had to be credible in the end. Given the current situation, the economic trumps all else as we start to see the effects trickle down to Main Street. What does McCain need to do?(1) McCain needs to | Read More »

    Oh Johnny Oh.

    Aside from the initial nervousness, the two who would be President delivered predictable performances last night and at the conclusion of the exchange the dynamics of the race had not changed one iota. McCain has substance, Obama has form. Put political philosophy aside and the two of them might have made a great father-son team.McCain missed an opportunity to hit the ball out of the | Read More »

    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, but | 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 the | 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 the | 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 AOLVote at DrudgeVote at NewsvineVote at MSNBCVote at Chicago TribuneVote at Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionVote at Michigan LiveVote at Rocky Mountain NewsVote 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 which he | 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 five | Read More »