Category Archives: Debates

Quote of the morning

Arianna Huffington on the debate last night:

It was like watching a split-screen double feature — Grumpy Old Men playing side by side with Cool Hand Luke.

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BarackOBlogger: Batman v. Penguin

You have to see this.  I don’t want to put it here because he deserves to have you visit his site to see it, given that he found it and posted it.  Please, please, please, go to BarackOBlogger’s site and see this:  Batman v. Penguin: Brilliant Recap of the Last Presidential Debate.  It’s a riot and an almost perfect replay of last night’s debate.

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McCain’s Not George Bush ….

Obama takes McCain’s best line from last night’s debate and turns it back on him.  Brilliant ad ….

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Leonce Gaiter on McCain: The man was a punchline

Y’all know how much I love Leonce Gaiter’s work.  His post over at HuffPo this morning, a comment on the final debate, does not disappoint.  Here’s the first paragraph:

In the final debate, McCain was Presidential. Only the President was Nixon. The man behaved like an bitter, petulant child. He was righteously pissy throughout the evening. He was trembling. He was in a flop sweat of desperation. He obviously wanted tough but achieved the titanically silly–like your doddy old grandpa grumbling about political pet peeves. His thought process was rambling and ragged. When not speaking, he wore the shit-eating grin of a truly smug asshole. The man was a punchline.

McCain had a couple of truly bad moments in the evening, but here’s one that has been completely overlooked, as far as I can tell:  he suggested that veterans involved in the troops-to-teachers program shouldn’t have to worry with training or certification.  I can tell your stories of career military officers who went into classrooms and reflected that teaching was the hardest job they ever had.  That one moment showed, to me, that McCain was not only titanically silly, but titanically myopic.  Military service is to be honored and military training is excellent, but it does not serve as a stand in for training in every other profession.  McCain would never suggest (I hope) that a veteran could be a doctor without training.  He should not suggest the same about teaching.

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Third debate polling: Who won?

Here’s the round up of polling post third debate.  As a note, ’cause I know you’ll ask, I could not, as usual, find numbers for Fox.  What I do know is that they reported that their focus group “overwhelmingly” thought Obama took the night and four of their undecideds had made up their minds by the end of the night … only they didn’t say for whom (or if they did, I missed it).

CBS News:  683 “uncommitted voters” and debate watchers:  53% Obama, 22% McCain, 25% Tie

CNN:  620 debate watchers: 58% Obama, 31% McCain

AOL unscientific poll:  47% Obama, 46% McCain, 7% neither (as of 6:44 am CT with 392,583 votes)

MSNBC unscientific poll:  54% Obama, 36% McCain, 2.6% Tie, 7.3% Not sure (as of 6:50 am CT with 579,893 responses)

Newsvine unscientific poll:  83.8% Obama, 13% McCain, 1.6% Tie, 1.6% Not sure (as of 6:52 am CT with 188,123 votes)

SurveyUSA poll:  878 CA debate watchers:  56% Obama, 28% McCain, 16% No clear winner

The MediaCurves poll is broken down by voter affiliation.  Of 1402 voters, it shows that Republicans thought McCain won 70% to 18%, Dems thought Obama won 81% to 10% and, most critically, Independents thought Obama won 60% to 30%.

If you know of another poll, please let me know.

The final take away is that Obama won all three debates, according to popular opinion.  You can see my round up of second debate poll results here.  You can see results from the VP debate here.

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This might piss some people off

You know what?  I’m “totally comfortable with that.”  (Warning:  not worksafe.)

This Week In Blackness, Ep #10

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Debate eve

Here are some cartoons to get you ready for tomorrow’s debate:

David Fitzsimmons, Arizona Daily Star

David Fitzsimmons, Arizona Daily Star

And because I do love bracketology (a reference to March Madness, for all of you non-sports folks):

Marshall Ramsey, Jackson, Mississippi, The Clarion Ledger

Marshall Ramsey, Jackson, Mississippi, The Clarion Ledger

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