So, starting a little late, but here’s my thoughts on the debate, as they happen (uh, both my thoughts and the debate).
Warning: I will try to counter it, but I am heavily Obama-biased, especially after reading _The Audacity of Hope_.
On the battle of the ties, Obama wins, but just barely. I’m wondering if McCain’s purpose in choosing the stripey tie was to hypnotize the audience into buying his meandering and rather off-topic responses.
McCain’s talk about money corruption, Obama’s lack of ability to think of an amount as a lot of money, and other statements that place him with the middle class seem rather out there, given the number of houses he owns.
McCain really doesn’t want to address Obama directly. Poor Lehrer. He’s really trying…
I don’t have time to go out and purchase my own health care, McCain. No tax cut is worth that headache.
If you look at every major economic revival in the 20th century (China, Japan, Ireland, Germany, etc.), the success has been directly related to a strong investment in technological education and subsidizing of new technological innovation. Obama 1; McCain 0
I’m not sure what Lehrer is trying to ask, either. My lovely co-blogger, sapphohestia, believes that he’s looking for one of them to step up as the next Roosevelt (FD, not T)
Oh, and spending freeze? For everything except veterans, defense and (hmm. forgot the third). Still, scary. What about education? Infrastructure? Technological development? Tons of other things I’m not thinking of…
Oh, and Maverick? Was a cattle-rustler who hid his thievery under the rhetoric of avoiding animal cruelty.
Sorry, McCain, the next president of the U.S. WILL need to address us going into Iraq, because the Iraqis and others in the world will expect reparations for the warrantless violence and over 1 million deaths that we perpetrated against those people. Attention must be paid.
There’s no winning. There’s only mitigating the incredible damage that we’ve done. And McCain is trying to claim that what’s going on now, the “winning” that is not winning at all, was the strategy the entire time?
It looks like McCain is lying. In a transcripted interview, Admiral Mullins cautiously supported Obama’s Iraq withdrawal agenda.
Uh, the Taliban wasn’t an unfortunate result of our washing our hands. We put them in place! They’re our puppet government, and they are a result of our Cold War tensions with the USSR. Remember when the Soviets were the evil ones? Well, soon to be so again. Palin can see Russia from her house.
One of the things I love about Obama is that he has the ability to say (and does so regularly): ” ^So-and-so^ is right on ^such-and-such^ point, but here’s where we differ…” I love that he can acknowledge when somebody has a point without diminishing himself as a person.
I have such an intellectual crush on Obama. His brain is teh sexy.
Oooh. Iran. This should be interesting…
A “League of Democracies”, a group of people who share values, morals, and who are the economic powerhouses of the world, that can impose sanctions. French, British, Germans, and us.
Um… Because that whole League of Nations/United Nations had too many brown people and poor countries, I guess, and the Reds and the Japs have invaded the G8
Oooh. Kissinger snap ftw!
Oh, and for the record, in the Middle East, Iran has in the recent past had a bad reputation as being a U.S. lapdog with too many affiliations. Bush’s “Axis of Evil” and the villification of Iran over the past few years have been big factors in causing that to change.
McCain’s getting snarky.
The average South Korean is 3 inches taller than the average North Korean. Now that’s one oppressive regime.
Putin has had laser engraving into his retina?! Wow, they are so much more advanced technologically than we are. McCain is just getting more and more florid as we go along. Its the kind of language that bothers me, but I worry that it’s evocative, especially to people for whom the Cold War was a major aspect of their life (I was in my late teens when it ended).
Again, Obama is able to say that he agrees with McCain in the main, and takes issue only with McCain’s misrepresentations.
I know of conservative (neo) republicans who hate McCain because he’s against torture. Which is hilarious, cause it’s one of the places where I liked him.
A suitcase nuke is the biggest threat to us in the U.S., which we’ve all learned by watching 24. And we all know that President David Palmer never let that happen…
Where’s Jack Bauer when you need him?
And on a more serious note, we are definitely less-respected in the world, and this is definitely the source of greatest threat.
My lovely co-blogger, sapphohestia, points out that Obama has demonstrated in this debate that he is more able to “reach across the aisle” and take good ideas where he finds them than McCain is.
Dayam! McCain comes out and says it. Obama is naive and inexperienced. But then he goes on further and compares Obama to Bush in that he’s not willing to admit when he is wrong or to see other perspectives.
Those are some adamantium balls.
We inspire the world. That, also, is true. Obama is a little wrong here. It’s still true, which is why people around the world tend to be so disappointed when we fall short of those ideals.
Next Thursday, Mr. Foot-in-Mouth dukes it out with the Lipsticked Pitbull!
Now, that’s gonna be some fun blogging.
kitsunealyc and sapphohestia