Saturday, September 27, 2008

And the winner was ...


John McCain and Barack Obama engaged in their first presidential debate last night, and I'm wondering what you think of their performances. The pundits on the left and right fringes, predictably, came out for their chosen candidates, but for the most part, the "experts" considered it a draw. I would tend to share that assessment. George Will, who is a conservative but also, in my mind, one of the more fair-minded political analysts, had this to say: "Is the race now different than it was at 9 p.m. eastern time? The answer, I think, is no. This wasn't a game changer." Agreed. After watching last night's debate, I doubt that anyone who went in as a supporter of Barack Obama was ready to shift to John McCain, and I doubt that any McCain backers were ready to abandon their candidate. Next up: Palin versus Biden. Should be fun.

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Blogger Ellipses said...

It was like a Mt. Lebanon soccer game... EVERYONE was a winner!

-ellipses

September 27, 2008 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger Brant said...

Watermelon slices and orange segments for everyone! YAAAAAY!

September 27, 2008 at 1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watermelon slices and orange segments????Hey, wait, did someone forget the FRIED CHICKEN? What's watermelon slices without Fried Chicken?

September 28, 2008 at 10:52 PM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

Oh no...methinks we're about to take a turn down the Ol' Racial Trail...

September 29, 2008 at 7:53 AM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

I watched the first hour of the debate. I was eager to see what each fellow brought to the table. I don't watch television news, so anything I have on which to base my opinion of either candidate is from something I read. I wanted to see them talk.

I agree that neither one was so inspiring as to make one switch sides. I applaud Lehrer, too, for not letting them get too far off the subject and for trying to get them to interact. But after an hour, it all started to run together and it got boring. I turned it off.

I'll watch the next one, and I'll check out Biden and Palin. The VP debate might be the best of the lot, come to think of it.

September 29, 2008 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger Ellipses said...

I'd bet thursday's debate is off the charts, ratings-wise... Especially after Palin's interviews with gibson and couric.

-ellipses

September 29, 2008 at 9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd pay to see Biden & Palin wrestle in pudding. But only if Biden wears lipstick.

September 29, 2008 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger Brant said...

Toss a pig in the ring, too, with lipstick, of course.

September 29, 2008 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Ellipses said...

And a Pit-Bull!

-ellipses

September 29, 2008 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger Brant said...

I smell a pay-per-view opportunity!

September 29, 2008 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Ellipses said...

I don't mean to be ignorant... well, maybe I do, since I don't stop...

But... I can see Palin becoming something of a pop-celebrity if the McCain/Palin ticket doesn't win... Maybe having a reality show or something that is basically trivial and stupid... and we will, collectively, look at the spectacle of it and say "Holy Pet Pageant Batman, we almost elected that!"

Any wagers on what the October Surprise will be this year?

-ellipses

September 29, 2008 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Brant said...

Obama will be caught have "relations" with bin Laden. Oh, wait, I think those photos are already on the Web. ;)

September 29, 2008 at 12:08 PM  

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