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I’m buying beans

Yeah, pretty much.  I’m buying beans.  And rice.  And ramen.  And I think I’ll pull out that sewing machine and finally learn to use it.  I’m not kidding.  I’m freaking out.

The market fell an astounding 678.91 points today, putting us down about 40% from where we were this time LAST YEAR.  We dropped over 7% TODAY.  I’m not one to freak out about these things, y’all … really, I’m not … but I’m now officially freaking out.

GM hit its lowest in 60 years and is facing a possible credit downgrade.

Oil prices are the lowest they’ve been this year.  OPEC is planning an emergency meeting in November to deal with decreasing demand.

Let’s ask ourselves this, please:  who do we want dealing with this come January?  Do we want someone who graduated third from the bottom of his class at the Naval Academy (that would be McCain) or a Harvard Law graduate (Magna Cum Laude) who was President of the Law Review?  Hmmm …. lemme think.  That’s just not a contest.  I’ll take the intellectual (yeah, Obama) ANY … DAY.  And do I want a VP who went to four different colleges before squeaking through or someone who made it through the University of Delaware with a double major in history and political science?  Gee willikers, that’s a hard one!  Come on ….

When, pray tell me, did it become a crime in this country to be smart?  When did we decide that being visceral was preferable to being intellectual?  Do you see that bomb up there?  That’s your retirement and my kids’ college savings and maybe even our jobs.  We need someone with brains to deal with this.  We need a team of people who know more than we do, who are smarter than we are, who, frankly, are too damn smart to sit in a bar and have a beer with the likes of us to deal with this mess.  We don’t need John and Sarah, we need Obama and Biden.

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VP Debate, By the Numbers

So who won?  Let the numbers speak:

CBS Poll:  473 uncommitted voters:  Biden won 46% – 21%

CNN shows Biden winning 51% – 36%

MSNBC.com currently (6:08 am CT) has Biden up 51% – 38% with 600,359 people voting.  No this *not* scientific, but is representative of politically involved ‘net users.

All three poll numbers essentially mimic each other.  While Palin did better than expected … that is she didn’t implode … Biden clearly took the night.


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Glad I’m not the only one who noticed

From the, “Glad I’m not the only one who noticed” department, we have this from Christopher Beam at Slate this morning:

… Palin demonstrated a knack for answering the question she wanted to answer—not the one that was asked. At one point, Ifill asked Palin to respond to a comment by Sen. Biden on health care. “I would like to respond about the tax increases,” Palin pivoted and proceeded to accuse Obama of raising taxes 94 times. A minute later, Ifill prompted Palin to respond about McCain’s record of deregulation. Again, Palin resisted: “I’m still on the tax thing because I want to correct you on that again.” Biden looked exasperated, prompting Palin to say, “I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear, but I’m going to talk straight to the American people and let them know my track record also.” In other words, screw your questions, I’ve memorized a message and gosh darn it, I’m going to get it across.

And from Don Hazen at Alternet:

So Palin was on the verge of being a winner in my book, until one crucial moment near the end of debate. That was when Joe Biden got vulnerable. He talked about the loss of his wife and children in an accident, and he almost broke down. It felt very real and brought tears to my eyes. And in what probably was Palin’s only major mistake, she ignored Biden’s tragedy. She started talking about McCain the maverick for the umpteenth time, suggesting that she had a tin ear when it comes to other people’s pain, thus undermining her overall message. She was on a roll until then. But if she can’t relate to Joe Biden’s pain, how can we believe her when she says she relates to the rest of America’s?

From Leonce Gaiter at Huffington Post:

She rails against Iraq withdrawal timelines and says that American commanders will judge when the Iraqis are ready to govern and defend themselves, ignoring the Iraqis (oh, them) until she remembers to blurt Maliki’s name at the last moment–still ignoring the fact that he himself has called for an American withdrawal timeline. She said that use of nuclear (excuse me, “nucular”) weapons would be the “be all and end all of too many people on the planet.” Personally, I think there’d be a lot more “ending” than “being.”

And, finally, from Katharine Q. Seelye at The New York Times:

One potential cause for alarm, especially if you are a member of the United States Senate: Ms. Palin, as vice president, already seems to be contemplating an expansion of executive power over the upper chamber: “I’m thankful the Constitution would allow a bit more authority given to the vice president if that vice president so chose to exert it in working with the Senate and making sure that we are supportive of the president’s policies and making sure too that our president understands what our strengths are.”

That’s an enormouse cause for alarm, no matter who you are.  Palin as clone-of-Cheney should frighten anyone.

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Pat Buchanan is such an idiot

Pat Buchanan has just said that Sarah Palin was the most “interesting and attractive” of all four debaters we’ve seen so far.  “Attractive,” Pat?  That’s rich.

Pat says she was “riveting.”  I found her deeply annoying with her insistence on not answering the questions and, instead, regurgitating the information that’s been fed into her over the last week or so at debate camp.  

The scariest thing of the entire debate?  Her adherence to Dick Cheney’s belief that the Constitution is vague on the role of the VP.  This, after telling Katie Couric that the worst thing about Cheney’s time as VP was his “duck hunting” accident (it was quail).  And she wasn’t really upset that he shot someone.  She was upset that he got slammed for it.  Let’s be very, very clear here, ladies and gents:  Dick Cheney is the scariest and most dangerous VP we have ever seen and she wants to be just like him.

Yes, Palin was poised.  No, Joe didn’t pick up on some of the things I thought he could slam her on.  But the debate seemed to me like a fourth grader on stage with a PhD candidate.  She was cutesy; he was intelligent and reasoned.  There cannot be an argument here.  She did not fall apart, but she did not at all prove that she could handle the Vice Presidency of the United States.

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There’s a lot of hot air this morning

There’s a lot of hot air this morning about the VP debate tonight.  Everyone’s prognosticating and most of it, frankly, makes me yawn and roll my eyes.  I’ve found one piece, though, that I think is actually worth a read.  Check out Brad Listi over at HuffPo with Biden vs. Palin: A Preface to Live-Blogging the Debate.  Of course, I may simply like the whole article for this one little bit:

Barring disaster, Governor Palin will enjoy a marginal triumph by, um, not self-destructing entirely. She maintains bladder control, she gets the ‘W.’

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Quote of the night

James Moore, author of Bush’s Brain, on Olbermann tonight, speaking of the VP debate, said that Biden should not worry about pussy footing around Palin, as some have suggested, but should, instead:

… beat her about her diminutive brain.


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The morning after

Here are some of my favorite / some of the most interesting things from around the web this morning after the debate:

1.  An MSNBC poll shows that Obama won the debate, 52% to 34% (as of the time that I voted).  What is really astounding to me about this poll is that, by the time I voted around 7 AM CT, over a half a million people had participated. 

2.  From Jane Hamsher of Firedog Lake:

McCain really has nowhere to go except to get more obdurate and bellicose.

3.  I love it when the press gets things wrong.  I listened to Chris Matthews say last night that McCain didn’t look at Obama once, “not once,” during the debate.  That’s actually not true.  He did look at him once … just once … review the tape.  Here’s an inaccurate quote from the AP’s Liz Sidoti:

At another point, after Obama repeated a comment: “Were you afraid I couldn’t hear you?”

The quote was actually, “Were you afraid I couldn’t hear him?”  McCain was asking the question of moderator Jim Lehrer after Lehrer asked Obama to direct a statement directly at McCain after Obama already made it to Lehrer and, ostensibly, the audience.  Obama complied and that’s when McCain asked the question.

4.  Biden on Olbermann last night.  This was a great interview, but a couple of things I loved:

a.  Keith asking Biden about McCain’s attempt to liken Obama to Bush (what?) ; and

b.  This great quote from Biden on his debate with Palin.  Biden was saying that he wasn’t going to do the condescending crap that McCain did at the debate with Obama, trotting out his travels around the world. Biden emphasized that he has been to all the places that McCain has been, often at the request and invitation of the leaders of the hot button nations, and then saying:

Just because I was there, doesn’t make me right.

Amen, brother.  That’s wisdom.  Watch the interview here:

5.  From the CNN/Opinion Research Corp. post debate poll:

But women voters tended to give Obama higher marks, with 59 percent calling him the night’s winner, while just 31 percent said McCain won.

This is a key demographic that everyone’s been watching.  This could be very good news for the Obama camp.

6.  Finally, just because I think it’s worth a guffaw, note which candidate in this photo is wearing a flag pin:

McCain and Obama at the first debate

McCain and Obama at the first debate

I won’t go through all the historical context for the joke.  I hope you get it.


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Caging the pit bull after the prom

While the candidates for President (that would be McCain and Obama, in case you’ve been living under a boulder) easily agreed to a freewheeling format of question, answer, and open exchange for their three scheduled debates, the two camps had to go through some version of the Versailles Treaty (ok, maybe not *that* controversial) to get rules for the VP debates done.  From the NY Times yesterday:

At the insistence of the McCain campaign, the Oct. 2 debate between the Republican nominee for vice president, Gov. Sarah Palin, and her Democratic rival, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., will have shorter question-and-answer segments than those for the presidential nominees, the advisers said. There will also be much less opportunity for free-wheeling, direct exchanges between the running mates.

McCain advisers said they had been concerned that a loose format could leave Ms. Palin, a relatively inexperienced debater, at a disadvantage and largely on the defensive.

Ha. Ha ha ha ha.  Ya think?  The article continues:

Commission members wanted a relaxed format that included time for unpredictable questioning and challenges between the two vice-presidential candidates. On Wednesday, the commission unanimously rejected a proposal sought by advisers to Ms. Palin and Senator John McCain of Arizona, the Republican presidential nominee, to have the moderator ask questions and the candidates answer, with no time for unfettered exchanges. Advisers to Mr. Biden say they were comfortable with either format.

Of course Biden was comfortable with either format. 

All of this comes just as Palin is getting set up to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe next week in New York while the two men are at the UN.  This will be, I’m not kidding you, her first meeting with foreign heads of state.  McCain will be showing her around New York like a prom date.  Even the Wall Street Journal got in on the sarcasm, noting that Palin will also meet Henry Kissinger:

Gov. Palin will also meet the ever-social Nixon-appointed National Security Advisor/Secretary of State Mr. Kissinger, who surely has much wisdom to impart about the big country one can see from Alaska.

So, to review, McCain will take his little pit bull to the prom and then put her back in her cage, lest she make a fool of herself, for the debates.

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