Oct 7, 2008

Live Blogging the Townhall Presidential Debate: Snoozefest or Substantive Answering Session?

  • Both candidates have an annoying tendency to punctuate each emphasized word with a hand gesture, timing the emphasis words with the hand gesture--wish they'd stop that
  • McCain claims he’s strong at town hall style debates, but he seems tightly wound and awkward
  • McCain stands too close to people he is addressing
  • Tom Brokow strikes me as a little too elderly to be effective, maybe a touch forgetful, but he does come on strong for violations of time
  • Ever notice that McCain has an awkward gait? I know he was injured during his time as a POW.
  • Why does McCain wear his suits so that there is way too much space under the arms? They don't fit correctly.
  • What does the bailout mean to me question Obama answered beautifully, also getting in a dig at McCain
  • Ew. I do not like the way McCain walks around while Obama is speaking, does a gritted teeth, tight smile, and looks away--like a student who disrespects his teacher
  • How much of the votes of ordinary people depends on how likeable or unlikeable the candidates are? Certainly, Gore got a lot of flack for that. Have to say, Obama is considerably more likeable and presidential
  • Both candidates are careful to remain optimistic, perhaps stupidly so
  • Wise move for Obama to bring up national debt and budget deficits--guaranteed to make McCain's party's blood boil
  • McCain sure doesn't vary much from the I'm a maverick/reformer schtick
  • McCain says, "I know how to fix this--trust me" without any specifics
  • Brokaw is annoying about the time nag--yet there is no indication of the length of time allowed [later I learned about the green-yellow-red light signals]
  • McCain's suggested an across-the-board spending freeze--everything but military? Is he loopy?
  • Obama said "each and every" three times in one answer. Ugh.
  • Obama sliced up the across-the-board spending freeze thing
  • McCain tried to use a colorful analogy with the hammering jello to the wall bit and it fell flat. He still goes blah, blah, blah about Obama's tax increases, which have long since been discredited.
  • Deft segue on Obama's part on going from SS questions after getting dogged about taxes from McCain--Obama brought it back to the tax question. Nice.
  • McCain's "my friends" bit is thick and icky. If someone is playing a drinking game and they have to take a drink for every "my friends" comment, they'll be drunk here in the first half
  • Can McCain say what his policy is in specifics? At all?
  • Best way to fix climate change is nuclear power? How does that work, McCain?
  • Americans are great, Americans are the best, blah, blah, blah. Is that McCain's idea of being strong at townhall debates?
  • McCain RUDELY points at Obama (without looking at him) and says "That one." Disgusting.
  • Obama was oh-so-spot-on when he talked about his mama dying of cancer at an early age, arguing with the insurance companies over coverage.
  • After McCain accused Obama--once again--of not understanding, Obama replied, "I don't understand. I don't understand how we invaded a country that had nothing to do with 9/11." Touche.
  • McCain counters Obamas attack about the war against Iraq by criticising Obama's attempts for a timeline. Hello?!?
  • "Senator Obama likes to talk loudly." McCain said Obama announced he wants to attach Pakistan.
  • Nice counter by Obama to McCain's "talk loudly" by reminding everyone about McCain's "Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran."
  • Is this debate a snoozefest or what?
  • Great closing statement by Obama to question, "What do you not know?"
  • McCain completely copied Obama's answer in his own closing statements.

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