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calendar   Friday - September 26, 2008

the Big Debate, Round 1

Is it just my imagination, or did somebody put a little anti-Grecian Formula in Obama’s hair? Just a little touch of gray at the sides. Just a little. To make him look more worldly, distinguished, and mature.
I did notice that McCain was wearing his less-yellow set of dentures. Good move John. Obama’s suit was so sharp it could cut you. McCain looked a little saggy baggy, but not too bad. McCain has learned to close his eyes, shake his head, and grin whenever he feels a Cheney Moment coming on. Good move again John. Obama can’t take criticism hardly at all. Did you see all the pissy faces he was making? He had that whole “damn cracker, there he go again” expression going on half the night.

I like how Obama kept agreeing with McCain, as if he was trying to leech into him the same way he made himself indistinguishable from Hillary during the primaries. But McCain wasn’t having it, and kept pointing out how BO was naive and unprepared. But that started to play against him after a while; I thought it was bad when McCain kept bringing up some Obama quote that was out of date. Not that the Big O hadn’t said what McCain said he did, just that BHO had long since reversed himself on whatever the position was. And without reminding us forcefully that he was pointing out a flip-flop, it just made McCain look a bit behind the times. OTOH, you need a fairly accurate watch to know what Ob’s current stance on anything is. Not quite the precision level of a John Kerry Positional Chronometer, but a good one nonetheless. Remember, the public is either stoned out or on major meds most of the time. We can’t remember anything past last week, if we’re lucky. Bring up a statement from a month ago and you just look misinformed, since everybody heard the Obaby say the opposite this morning.

Overall, I’d say McCain was the more assertive candidate. Although it’s so hard to tell, since his steady even plodding quiet tone that runs on and on forever without ever needing to inhale or even pause for a comma ought to be bottled and sold as over the counter sleep aids. Forget buying a bottle of SnoresMore, just put a CD of McCain speeches on and you’ll be out in a moment. ZZZzzzzz.

A few minutes after the debate the Dems released a statement that said that McCain was rooted in the past, while Obama was looking to the future. That’s lefty-speak for “our guy has no experience at all, and this is the only way we can respond to McCain’s relentless hammering about his 20 years of doing this, his 25 years of doing that, his 35 years of knowing Henry Kissinger and so on.”

I actually liked this format. It was actually a debate. Or nearly one. A big rambling discussion. The moderator just threw out a question and let them go at it. This beats the hell out of video questions from snowmen, and 3 minute soundbites that are no more than sloganeering. The “can you turn and look at your opponent and say that to his face” idea was just as juvenile as the “raise your hand if” thing from one of the middle GOP debates.

Overall, I’d say McCain was the winner. But it wasn’t a KO. It was a soft win, one you had to think about to realize. He could have hammered the dem’s part in creating this economic mess, starting with his own exoneration from the Keating 5, up through Clinton era PC lending policies rooted in dreamland, right through the Clintonistas like Gorelick screwing up Fannie and Freddie, the huge donations that have come from them to Obama, and how those former financial “wizzzards” (yes, 3 zees, since they’re all as inept as Rincewind, only without the world saving anti-heroism part) are now on Obama’s campaign staff. But that wasn’t McCain’s approach. He wasn’t there to point fingers, he was there to say we all need to work together to find a solution right now. It was Obama who wound up looking a bit churlish when he made his “another example of the failed policies of the Bush administration” remarks. McCain was above that. McCain could have really gone on the offensive several times, but he refrained from that. And really, isn’t that how a real leader, a unifier, ought to be?

Hey, I have a bracelet too you know. Duuuuuuh.

PS - Where the hell is Pokistan? Is that some funky place once visited by Jengjis Kaaaahn?

So, what do you think? Come on, it’s open mike night! Stand up, sound off.


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