I didn’t watch the debate last night, I actually watched a couple old episodes of Angel (yeah, I am a dork), but I did tune in for the dumbest portion of the night:
Aside from the idiocy of Russert, I think this was a clear win for Obama, as his “reject and denounce” after Hillary tried to play “Gotcha!” just made her look foolish. If you listen to video, people are laughing at her when she says “Good, good. Excellent!” it is the same sort of nonsense we have dealt with for years, and Obama was having none of it.
At any rate, I promptly turned the debates off after that, and I wish I had not- apparently Schiavo was mentioned (and K-LO is upset!), but I still can not find a transcript. Oh, well.
So far, the more I see of Obama, the more I learn, the more I like him. I can’t think of another politician like that in my experiences.
*** Update ***
Found it at the NY Times:
RUSSERT: Senator Obama, any statements or vote you’d like to take back?
OBAMA: Well, you know, when I first arrived in the Senate that first year, we had a situation surrounding Terri Schiavo. And I remember how we adjourned with a unanimous agreement that eventually allowed Congress to interject itself into that decisionmaking process of the families.
It wasn’t something I was comfortable with, but it was not something that I stood on the floor and stopped. And I think that was a mistake, and I think the American people understood that that was a mistake. And as a constitutional law professor, I knew better.
And so that’s an example I think of where inaction…
RUSSERT: This is the young woman with the feeding tube…
OBAMA: That’s exactly right.
RUSSERT: … and the family disagreed as to whether it should be removed or not.
OBAMA: And I think that’s an example of inaction, and sometimes that can be as costly as action.
Good for him.
*** Update #2 ***
And, as noted in the comments, just a few weeks ago I said– “Personally, the closer I look at Obama and his unity pony, the less I like.”
A few weeks of the Clinton campaign and starting to listen to Obama rather than his over-the-top supporters can work wonders.