So, I decided to liveblog this debate, too. It's sure to be super awkward, but I don't THINK we'll see anything too volatile.
Chuck Todd's calm and cool recitation of the latest polls on Meet the Press is strangely soothing. (It could be a landslide, actually. Maybe. Possibly. Hopefully.)Fun video about polling numbers
I'm really tired, though, you guys. Like, megaultrontired. I need a day off work. I will vote for whoever makes more vacation mandatory!
It's the Men vs. Women graph again on CNN. Mars vs. Venus. Arrgh vs. Blerg.
I like Brokaw's foundation, but he could use a little blusher.
Obama was pretty strong out of the gate, but I wish he would have made his answer a little more pointed.
McCain likes these town hall things, but he looks pretty robotronic. His answer was kind of short, too. Oooh, NOT FUNNY, McCain. Don't diss Brokaw, even in jest.
eBay creator? No. Did he just say "cronyism"? McCain, you are the original crony(TM), Mr. Maverick.
Oh, the viewers at home in OHIO are lovin' Obama. Yayz! And, now that Blackwell has been removed as Secretary of State, we might have a chance at a fair election!
I absolutely hateHATEHATE
the "Wall Street vs. Main Street" crap. Oh, and here's the pot calling the kettle . . . something.
Letter writer Barack Obama. He has many powerful penpals. "Do you think that subprime mortgages are awesome? Or lame? Please check one."
When McCain spews his venom, Obama has that relaxed "Can you believe this guy?" smile. Conversely, McCain visage becomes a grim smirk whenever Obama is saying something different from his talking points memo.
Obama wrote a separate letter, McCain! And STOP talkin' 'bout special interests, man!
Oooh, Obama is OFF THE CHARTS with the viewers at home!!! Huzzah!
I know that my stance is very clear. I'm not an impartial viewer. But McCain just comes off as condescending, even if he doesn't mean to be. Aaaand, the viewers at home seem to agree with me. He is flatlining at neutral. Oooh, now he's dipping below neutral into NEGATIVE.
Brokaw with the smackdown!
John, saying "my friends" doesn't MAKE IT TRUE. (He's not doing so well, methinks. I thought he would have brought a little more to the table for this one.)
Ooh, good question from Fiora in Chi. Sacrifices! Why are the ladies digging McCain so much on this question? It seems a little odd.
There's a slow burn on Obama's answer about sacrifice. That's right! Put the responsibility back on the people, too! We do need to examine our PERSONAL energy use. Great way to talk about sacrifice! Double the Peace Corps! Hooray!
He ain't heavy, he's my brother. Share the burden, baby!
McCain=Hatchet; Obama=Scalpel. He's razor sharp!
"Nailing Jell-o to a wall"? Huh? Oh, thanks for the tax breaks for kids--I'm single, dude. Thanks for nothing.
Obama and Biden loooove facts. They're good, but the repetition is sometimes problematic.
It's not that hard to fix Social Security--but how? You didn't answer the question, like you JUST SAID YOU WOULD. Um? He didn't answer it! He said he would and he didn't! Did we all just witness this? The viewers at home are with me! Stop. spouting. the. Talking. Points. Memo. Blindly. Oy. Vey.
Green jobs, baby, go! Oooh, John, Lieberman is not popular with anybody. You're not winning any Dems with him. Yikes. This answer is . . . bad. He keeps . . . fal-faltering. Like he doesn't have true conviction, maybe?
And now for Obama . . . pretty good. Not a home run, but much better and more comprehensive than his opponent.
Pointing at Obama and saying "that one"? Yeesh, McCain. That didn't look/sound/feel good. I can't believe he's talking about drilling offshore when the price of oil has plummeted this week.
Health care as a commodity: good question. Obama. Tick tock. Good points, all, but you're losing the time race.
What do you mean by medical airquotes "errors"? That was weird. (I heard that taking health care coverage "across state lines" will likely result in a few states with favorable taxes for the HMOs and insurance companies getting all the insurance jobs, which would lead to jobs leaving certain other states, decreasing employment, etc . . .)
McCain, nobody likes/gets your "jokes". Stay on the straight and narrow, please.
Oooh, look! Obama is saying what I just said above! Cool! (Brokaw's about to smack him down, though . . .)
McCain is kind of totally setting Obama up to spank him on Iraq. Yeah. You're going down, McCain. Lebanon? Kosovo? Bosnia? (Oh, here we go, "On the job training . . .")
I liked all of that, Obama. He's green, but he's good.
And McCain isn't answering the question about humanitarian aid. Cool hand at the tiller? Have you EVER been a "cool hand," you angry little man?
Oy, McCain and his Reagan worship is getting creepy. And DATED.
"Darn sure!" McCain has contracted the Palin folksy virus. He needs to be inoculated.
Hee, I like how Obama says Tally-bahn. It's cute. (What? I'm not made of stone, ladies.)
McCain has a LOT of heroes. Reagan, Tip O'Neill, Teddy Roosevelt, Barbara Hershey (she IS the wind beneath his wings).
Obama is like FDR (calm yet passionate, likeable and smart) and McCain is like Teddy (kind of--blustery and hotheaded).
Hee! Brokaw is "just the hired help here". You are doing a good job, Tom!
OooOOOooh. Equal time, equal time. Use it wisely, McCain; you fought for it.
Normal lives in Iraq? Where? Who?
McCain cut off Brokaw! Uncool.
Is Obama's mike cutting out? Hmmm. Ooh, Obama, it is maybe not wise to talk about funding other countries just at the moment. The viewers at home don't HATE what you're saying, but they're not sure about it, either.
I've got to find that clip from Mock the Week with Putin's bare waxed chest. (Watch this space!)
Again with the Second Holocaust fearmongering? WE were the ones to use the nuclear bombs in WWII, McCain.
"What don't you know, and how will you learn it?" Obama kind of isn't answering it. Shame. McCain is going to pounce on this, I fear.
Or . . . not. He's going to recite a prepared speech about how he "knows what it's like." Which is slightly laughable.
It's over! They're blocking the teleprompter! I think they should kiss each other on the cheeks, European-style.
I'm turning to MSNBC, but have little hope of seeing Chuck Todd weigh in. Wherefore hast thou forsaken us, Chuck? Stop playing with your Microsoft Surface and lead us!
Tags: debate, election 2008
feeling a bit: cynical
listening to/looking at: the debate, silly!