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Round 3

Another shameless plug for the mudflats live chat tonight that can be joined, here: http://themudflats.blogspot.com/ at 5:45 PM PST. I’ll once again be one of the moderators, and it should be a lot of fun.

Sharp readers may notice, that it’s a different site, than what I’ve posted inthe past. While www.mudflats.net gets some bugs worked out, blogspot is the only place that can utilize the chat program. As always, I’ll be posting my thoughts on the debate here, once it’s over.

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October 7, 2008 Posted by | politics | , , , , | 5 Comments

Round Two

Not only did I watch the VP debate tonight, I also moderated the live chat with regular mudflats regulars for about 2 and a half hours. At this point, the question isn’t who won, but does it matter?

With Obama leading in many of the battleground states, McCain pulling out of Michigan, and new drama over troopergate (A judge refused to toss out the lawsuit within the last hour) Palin could have pulled rabbits out of her ass and it wouldn’t change a thing. 

Yes, she did better than I expected. By that I mean she didn’t fall off the stage, hit her head on the microphone, or perform as horribly as her interview with Katie Couric. She didn’t however, perform well enough to sway undecided voters. Where Joe Biden came off as intelligent, knowledgable and gentlmanly-Sarah came off as superficial, a walking barbie doll that could only repeat talking points. Her game plan seemed to be say a lot of words nd hope some make sense. Kinda like Pacione’s writing. Yet as we all know Nikita’s writing never makes sense. 

And neither did a lot of what Palin said. She has mastered the wink and perky grin (and I swear if I see one more wink from her-she’s being sued for sexual harrassment) as well as the lie and smear tactics that grampa Mac taught her. She was style (barely) with no substance. However for all her snark regarding Biden talking about the past (re: Iraq, the economy, etc) she spent even more time talking about being governor and mayor. Seems it’s okay for her, but no one else. 

No, she made no major gaffes, yet there was nothing there. Like McCain in his debate, it was talking point after talking point. Biden, consistently gave out facts, actually answered the questions and at one point choked up when he talked about seeing his child lay in the hospital bed not knowing if he would live or not. His son I mean, not Biden himself. He displayed the wit, intelligence and passion that this country desperately needs. 

Biden won this debate, no question about that. The fact Palin held her own, as best she could, simply wasn’t enough to ressurect the McCain decline.

October 2, 2008 Posted by | politics | , , , | 4 Comments

Quick Reminder

Late Tuesday night, the amount of traffic at mudflats.net crashed the servers. That’s the bad news. The good news is, the site is directing traffic to the original wordpress blog and the live chat will take place tonight. I’ll be one of several moderating the live chat, and invite you all to stop by and say hello. I’ll be logging in about 5:30 PM Pacific time and will be there most of the night. 

I’m also planning on creating a podcast within the next few days, so stay tuned for that.

http://www.mudflats.wordpress.com is where the fun takes place.

October 2, 2008 Posted by | politics | , , , | Leave a comment

Debating the debate

Now that the first debate has taken place, get ready for a weekend of talking heads analizing and making pronouncements over the winner or loser. Whoever said McCain won is wrong. Whoever said Obama won is wrong, also. 

Let me explain my view on this. This was the first time in many years that I saw a real debate. I saw stark contrasts in the positions (despite Obama continuously saying John is right), saw the different type of leaders both men would be, and saw how serious they both were and how deep their convictions were. I’ll break this down by giving my own take on each candidate.

Barack Obama

you can’t get around his issue of inexperience in elected office. 6 years vs 24 in the Senate is an uphill battle for any candidate, let alone the first African American up for President. If all Obama did was hold his own, that would be seen as a success for him, yet I think he did manage to do that and a bit more. He was a bit too deferential, and if I heard him say he agreed with John, I’d have pulled what little hair I have left, out. He remained calm, precise in his answers and stayed on point. He displayed knowledge of economics and foreign affairs that surprised even me. He was able to refute every grenade McCain lobbed at him with a grace under pressure, which I find comforting. He also was forceful in how he would deal with Iraq, Pakistan and Russia. This was not going to be the easiest debate for him, and the fact he did as well as he did, speaks volumes about his intelligence and capacity for learning. After some prodding from Jim Lehrer, he spoke directly to McCain and looked at him, but Johnny Mac never looked at him once. Not once.

John McCain

The veteran in every sense of the word, has a long history to draw on, and he did. Many times. That was his strength and drawback. He repeated oft told stories, but never delivered a fatal blow, which was crucial for him. There was a point about an hour and 10 minutes in, when Obama pointed out the Kissinger said he thought a meeting with Iran’s President without conditions would be a good idea. Mccain kept hammering home that Kissinger had never said that, even though he had. When you poll the best based on a lie, you’re in trouble. McCain came off cranky, condescending and at times near the end snarky. He refused to back down on remaining focused only in Iraq, despite the resurgence of the taliban and al queda in Afghanistan. Did not want to discuss any military options regarding Pakistan, in spite of the fact bin Laden keeps crossing the border there. Yes, I’m sure he was too busy grandstanding to practice, but come on-he crows about being a POW, boasts of his experience, and he can’t land a knock out? 

I’m not trying to make it sound like Obama had an edge, but I view these brief critiques as a reflection of their personalities. Barack performed as he always does, calm cool and on message. MCCain takes a scattershot approach and gets irritated quite easy. I think that more than anything will decide this election.

September 26, 2008 Posted by | politics | , , | 1 Comment