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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.



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.

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