Category Archives: 2008 presidential debates

Know What You’re Talking About

My participation in the debate drinking game was suspended for eleven seconds tonight while John McCain’s mouth hung open. In case you missed that, here it is: McCain confused Obama’s health care plan with Hillary Clinton’s; basically, he didn’t know … Continue reading

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Telegraphing Punches

Both candidates are telegraphing their punches before the third and final debate. For those without a background in martial arts, “telegraphing” means preparatory motions, expressions, and sounds a fighter gives before an attack. Telegraphing can ‘give away’ a fighter’s intentions, … Continue reading

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Debate Drinking Game

I liveblogged Obama-McCain I and Biden-Palin. I spent Obama-McCain II watching the dial line. Next Wednesday, I’ll be keeping an eye on the dial line again, but I won’t be keeping notes. This debate promises a few more fireworks from … Continue reading

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Of Mothers and Donut Holes

If you were wondering why the “dial line” on CNN hit 100% among women while Barack Obama talked about health care in Tuesday night’s debate, I have this to say:BEEP. “AARP Prescription Discount Program.” That sound comes through my headphones … Continue reading

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That One

Being contrarian, I decided to watch this debate on CNN with an eye on the instant-polling lines of undecided Ohio voters. Some bloggers couldn’t stand it; but after watching the last two debates only to see the most revealing moments … Continue reading

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Biden-Palin: The Day After

The consensus among instant polls, newspapers, and local stations is that Biden won the debate. Even former Bush officials say Biden won. The best anyone can say about Palin’s performance is that she didn’t fall flat on her face. Even … Continue reading

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Biden v Palin

Note: All times Central Daylight. 8:02 – Ifill is way blue. That’s the bluest jacket ever worn by a human being. 8:03 – Dressed for a funeral, Palin asks Biden if she can call him ‘Joe.’ Which one of them … Continue reading

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The Bottom Line

On this day before the Palin-Biden debate, it’s worth noting the way the polls have swung decisively towards Obama — due mostly to McCain’s disastrous performance over the last ten days, both in the debate and the news cycle. The … Continue reading

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The Next Debate

Too many Democrats are salivating over the Palin-Biden debate. They ought to be praying for a snoozer. The best case scenario for Democrats is thirty million Americans changing the channel out of sheer boredom. Yes, Sarah Palin is vulnerable on … Continue reading

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The Day After

Once again, the pundits are parsing the debate their way. Once again, they completely miss the point: no one wins a presidential debate with ‘facts.’ There are no judges scoring each landed blow like a boxing match. That stuff is … Continue reading

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Debate Liveblog

All times Central. 8:04 – Jim Lehrer brings up Eisenhower and asks the candidates to comment. Obama sets out right away to appeal to the middle class. McCain talks about bipartisanship and then immediately spurts our random crap about oil … Continue reading

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