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On to the debate.
I loved the format. I think that Obama did a fine job, ceded no ground, got a few jabs in, and was by no means risky or dangerous and did not have any gaffes. I felt he came across as sincere, earnest, and safe.
McCain looked cranky and old, regurgitated talking points, and seemed to cycle between grumpy and phony. The name dropping may impress some people, but I was not impressed.
On substance, McCain is just wrong about a number of things. He is wrong about Kissinger and the other Secretaries of State. He is wrong about tactics and strategy- it is he who does not understand the difference, which is really quite embarrasing, given his years in the military. he may have thought saying “You don’t understand” would make him seem knowledgeable and more ready, it just made him look like an asshole.
According to what I saw on CNN, McCain tanked with the Independents. This was a clear win for Obama, at worst a tie. McCain needed a win, and did not get in.
Next week, Palin talks for 90 minutes. Think about that.
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Larison is pretty damned funny, and worth a read, especially on Obama’s weaknesses.
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Someone should Lexis-nexis the 2000 post-debate coverage in which they chided Gore for his sighing. I remember a lot of talk about how the debates were a time to let voters decide what candidate they wanted in their house for the next four years and blah blah blah kill me now you inane loudmouths.
If we were to use the Al Gore criteria, John McCain got his ass kicked tonight. He was a cranky old SOB, scowling and ranting “You don’t understand” and generally just a dick. Folks on tv are calling it “vintage McCain.” Loosely translated, that means everyone knows he is a dick, they just can not say it on tv.
Also, Idiocracy is on HBO2. Some people claim it is a comedy. I think of it as a documentary.
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My main stylistic impression was that Obama was crisper than usual, sharper, and more aggressive than in his debates with Clinton.
Well, yeah. McCain and his band of morons are not going to accuse Obama of sexism. Clinton was DYING for the opportunity.
And for those of you who lost your shorts playing the drinking game:
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Unintentional comedy at the Weekly Standard:
My scorecard says that McCain won the night 7-1, which frankly surprises me.
Yes, we are all shocked.