Gwen Ifill Should Not Moderate The Debate

    As you probably know by now, Gwen Ifill, the debate moderator for the Vice Presidential Debate, has a financial interest in Barack Obama winning the election.Ifill is the author of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama, a new book scheduled for release on Inauguration Day. Its promotional statement says, “In ‘The Breakthrough,’ veteran journalist Gwen Ifill surveys the American political | Read More »

    Ifill Must be Removed

    Whether or not this proves to be the “Age of Obama,” no one who has a financial interest in the outcome of the election — as does PBS’ Gwen Ifill — should be permitted to moderate any debate in the campaign season.Ifill, who is scheduled to moderate the important debate tomorrow night between Republican Sarah Palin and Democrat Joe Biden, has a conflict of interest | Read More »

    to win a debate

    The way debates are won are by facts and quick wit. What Palin and McCain need to do is use thier quick wit and facts to blast Biden away. They need to introduce Obamas new spending of 800 billions dollars and then wait for the attack of well you want to give a tax cut of 300 billion dollars to the wealthy to be shot | Read More »

    Some non-traditional responses for the McCain camp for the domestic policy debate

    I’ve seen a number of suggestions/laments on what John McCain should be hitting Barack Obama with on the fiscal/domestic policy front. I’d like to suggest some non-traditional responses to some expected avenues of attack to help throw Obama off his game …

    Three More Chances to Rate the Debates

    Of the nearly 5,000 Americans who jumped online after last night’s first presidential debate to rate moderator PBS’ Jim Lehrer’s performance, Obama supporters vastly outnumbered McCain’s.There are three more presidential debates, and three more chances to rate them. While anchors and pundits were scrambling to spin the candidates’ performances after last night’s debate, the non-partisan media reform organization Free Press and media analyst Andrew Tyndall | Read More »


    “Me too, teacher. Me too.”

    This one really came across as crass tonight.McCain points out the bracelet he has from the parent of a fallen soldier. Obama, naturally, has to point out that he has one too.Only Obama can’t remember any details. I’m reminded of President George H. W. Bush looking at his watch in the 1992 debate. Obama had to look down at the bracelet to remember the details.How | Read More »

    What McCain Should Really Say

    The next time Obama goes off on a McCain = Bush tangent in a debate, McCain needs to say, “Senator Obama keeps trying to connect me to President Bush, despite my repeated disagreements with the administration. My friends, let me be clear, I can pronounce ‘nuclear’.”

    Henry Kissenger Statement On The Debate

    Kissenger “Senator McCain is right. I would not recommend the next President of the United States engage in talks with Iran at the Presidential level. My views on this issue are entirely compatible with the views of my friend Senator John McCain. We do not agree on everything, but we do agree that any negotiations with Iran must be geared to reality.”McCain’s quick response team | Read More »


    McCain Already Has Out An Ad Based On Debate Tonight

    Obama says McCain is right.

    In the Debate: Obama says he never said he’d meet with Ahmadinejad

    Really? Really? He’s going to say that? Really? With all of this:“Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama underscored his willingness to talk to leaders of countries like Iran that are considered U.S. adversaries but said that does not necessarily mean an audience with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.” (Caren Bohan, “Obama Says Won’t Guarantee Ahmadinejad A Meeting,” Reuters, 5/26/08)Question from a reporter: “Senator, you’ve said before that | Read More »

    What’s the deal with Obama and the Iran Revolutionary Guard

    McCain is hitting Obama for opposing designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization.In fact, Obama had sponsored a piece of legislation in the Senate to do just that. But the bill was going absolutely nowhere. Why? Senators Kyl and Lieberman had competing legislation that not only did what Obama wanted, but also declared that it was vital to national security that the Revolutionary Guard | Read More »

    Obama on the Middle Class Tax Cut

    From the McCain campaign: Barack Obama says he supports middle class tax cuts but he voted to tax those making just $42,000 a year.The McCain campaign points out: Barack Obama Voted Twice In Favor Of The Democrats’ FY 2009 Budget Resolution That Would Raise Taxes On Those Making Just $42,000 A Year. (S. Con. Res. 70, CQ Vote #85: Adopted 51-44: R 2-43; D 47-1; | Read More »

    McCain Comes Out Swinging

    The first part of this debate is very interesting.The foreign policy discussion has descended into a play by play of their records on earmarks and the economy.McCain has come out swinging, putting Obama on the defense.There has also been a shift as the debate has gone on. McCain looks comfortable and Obama looks angry. Lehrer just looks annoyed at both of them.On CNN there is | Read More »

    Overflow Debate Live Blog

    I encourage everyone who is able to participate the in the Live Blog on the front page. In case of technical problems, or an overwhelming number of comments, I wanted to make you aware that I will also be live blogging the debates at Obama’s Con.The limits of the system make it hard to always approve comments in a timely manner and the chat can | Read More »

    The Debate

    We now know that the debate between John McCain and Barack Obama is on. My thoughts on what needs to be achieved by each candidate is as follows:Barack Obama: He is the candidate with the reputation for eloquence and verbal fluency and he is going to have to show it–especially against John McCain, who is not nearly as good a communicator as Obama is. Obama | Read More »