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Sep. 26th, 2008

This was the best debate I have seen between two politicians I have ever seen. Neither one was a clear winner, and they were both pretty well composed through the whole thing.

I went into the debate expecting no clear winner. To achieve that, there would have had to be some jaw-dropping revelations or a big faux pas, and there wasn't anything that big. There were some nitpicky things, but it was like watching a fencing match between a couple of excellent opponents. Whichever one wins the election, I'm pretty convinced that we will be in for some damn fine leadership.

Body english: Barack is a freaking master of using his body to communicate. He would be scary to play poker with. McCain has a tell: he blinks rapidly when he's defending.

Whichever candidate wins is going to be spending their first term digging out of a big hole. But at least we won't have the one who dug the hole in the first place to contend with anymore, and we can make progress... not congress. Little joke there.

Hey, if you'll notice, I've avoided giving my opinion about which one I agree with more. That might just be on purpose. See, either you already know who you're voting for, in which case I won't change your mind, or you're undecided, and I respect you enough to believe that you can make up yer own damn mind. Or you don't care. and you've skipped reading this entry. :)

Okay, I have to admit I'm really looking forward to the VP debate. I'm betting that Sarah Palin has been getting a major-league crash course in debate since her deer-in-the-headlights experience with Katie Couric. She has to make a good showing to win back some credibility. All Biden has to do is be steady and on the ball. He could also get cocky.



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Sep. 27th, 2008 05:31 am (UTC)
I'm betting that Sarah Palin has been getting a major-league crash course in debate since her deer-in-the-headlights experience with Katie Couric.

Except that she got a major league crash course after her interview with Sean Hannity, and she got one before that after her interview with Charles Gibson.

This was another softball interview after a campaign involving a lot of interview avoidance. Couric fed her answers more than once, and she still looked like an idiot.

The National Review is right. She's just not up to the job and she can't handle big questions.
Sep. 27th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
I'm holding off until after I see her in a debate.
Sep. 27th, 2008 08:47 am (UTC)
Whichever one wins the election, I'm pretty convinced that we will be in for some damn fine leadership.

Sep. 27th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
The office of president is largely iconic. Both candidates do well thinking on their feet, presenting themselves, and handling tough pressure. Compare that to the last eight years.
Sep. 27th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
The office of president is largely iconic.

Excuse my nitpickyness, but the Executive Branch of any government (State or Federal) is responsible for thousands of appointments.

Beyond their own cabinet, they have the power to influence hundreds of advisory boards and investigative commissions. Though it does have figurehead elements, it's not a figurehead position.
Sep. 27th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
McCain does a shitty job of thinking on his feet. He sighed and sneered. He trotted out well-worn slogans and talking points so often you could have made a drinking game out of it. Obama, by contrast, largely did a very good job of giving substantive answers to Lehrer's questions.

Presidents appoint Supreme Court Justices. They pick Attorneys General who run the Justice Department. They put people in charge of the Treasury, and have at least something to do with who's who in the Joint Chiefs Of Staff. They pick the Secretary of State. They appoint folks to run HUD, the Department of Education, Walter Reed Hospital, and lots more. Even when they don't pick people,they pick the folks who pick the rest of the folks. FUCK, Rob! have you ever spent any time in the USA? At all?

McCain's earliest example of "leadership" was when he was part of the Keating Fucking Five, circumventing regulations to give us the S&L meltdown of October 1987; I remember that episode and its aftermath vividly. Reagan, McCain, and their other buddies dismissed it as a "correction" in the market, then announced that they needed 200 billion to bail out Wall Street (the ultimate price tag on that reached a tad over a trillion, btw). McCain then pushed for more deregualation (insanity: doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results) and finally got his way when he sponsored the Gramm-Rudman Act and acted as its principal cheerleader. The current results of that were seen coming a long ways off by anyone who could perform at least third-grade arithmetic (I confess I was off in my estimate; I predicted ten to twelve years for a major financial calamity but it turned out to be eight). More recently, he's blamed Obama for the current financial crisis, called for more deregulation and tax giveaways to the mega-wealthy, and has a campaign that is run by lobbyists and by most of the people who ran both Bush-Cheney campaigns (and several of his people have been indicted on corruption charges). His explicit promise is for the same pitiful fucking excuse for leadership that has been ass-raping America for the last eight years and more. And all this has been done right out in the open, so there's no excuse for not noticing.
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