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7th Inning Stretch

It’s over. Not only the debates, but, I think the election. Barring some unforseen miracle, this was the final nail in McCain’s coffin. Where he may have thought he was coming out strong, Mac, simply came off mean, bitter and a bit whiny. Rather than answer questions directly, he chose to play the “Let me tell you what He’s gonna do!” game.

It’s never a good idea, when your down by double digits in the poll, your party is looking at a historic drubbing, to try and smear shit on the other fellow; it only sticks to your fingers and makes people wonder what the stink is. 

Bob Schieffer brought up the Ayers ads, McCain seized it, and Obama grabbed it away and swatted Mac on the nose. It has always been a nonissue, and Obama made that point tonight. ACORN came up, and, well just rinse and repeat. Where Mccain attacked, Obama remained calm and shot down the assaults with no more effort than swatting a dead fly. Perhaps my favorite moment, is when Mccain once again asked how much a penalty Joe Plumber would pay for not insuring his workers, and Barack answered “Zero”.

McCain’s incredulous, “What?” was priceless. Republicans may praise Mccain for his attacks, but it didn’t work. It came off as snide, and condescending.  And that’s McCain’s biggest problem; POW status aside, he’s not likable and comes off like a smug prick. The only time he didn’t have that smarmy smile is when he was asked if he thought his running mate, was fit to take his place. Once he answered, it was everyone else’s turn to smile and laugh.

Congratulations President Obama, don’t let us down.

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October 15, 2008 Posted by | politics | , , , | Leave a comment

The debate debacle

As if this election couldn’t take any further odd twists, comes this little tidbit from the NY Times.

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.

It’s not enough that they’ve run some of the sleaziest ads in campaign history; blocked an investigation with troopergate; limited or denied access to Palin by the media, now they feel the need to change the rules of the debate because they’re worried she won’t do well.  If she can’t even hold her own in a debate without her handlers changing the rules, how in hell is she ready to become a VP?

We all know the answer, she’s not qualified. And the more they shield her from the press, run ads based on slogans, and continue to hide her dirty secrets, the more the public will catch on. For all their rhetoric about being Mavericks and reformers, they seem to barely know the definition of those words, let alone act in that way.

September 20, 2008 Posted by | politics | , , , | 4 Comments