I’m trying to live blog the presidential debate from the Montlake Ale House, wireless router gods permitting.
Anybody who had “Joe the Plumber” on their debate bingo card has already won.
When John McCain speaks, the CNN squiggle flat-lines like Dick Cheney’s heart.
McCain: “I know how to save billions of dollars in defense spending”… but I’m not going to tell you. Shhh.
McCain brings up the “overhead projector” bullshit again, even after it has been thoroughly debunked. Has he no shame? (Don’t answer… it was a rhetorical question.)
Obama: “Even FOX News disputes it.” Big laugh here at the Ale House but little response from the squiggly line. Speaking of which, there have been huge disparities between the men and the women in the CNN squiggly line. Lee’s theory is that the men in the squiggly line group are drunk. Could be.
This is, by the way, a crappy, uninformative debate, and I don’t think either candidate is doing particularly well. But then Obama doesn’t have to do particularly well, he just needs to do well enough.
McCain: “Joe the Plumber”…!!!
Obama said “tit”…! (Of course, he also said “tat”, but I’m sure there’s an FCC fine in there somewhere.)
Apparently, due to a glitch, comments have been off. Oops. Fixed it.
The candidates have been asked about their running mates. Lee asks whether it’s too late for McCain to dump Palin in favor of Joe the Plumber.
Obama: Joe Biden “fights for the little guy.” How many electoral votes does Munchkinland have?
McCain: Palin “understands the needs of special needs families.” And nothing meets the special needs of a Downs baby like running for Vice President. I’m just sayin’.
McCain thinks we can build 45 new nuclear power plants “right away.” What… are they built out of Legos? Mashed potatoes?
The squiggly line (which by the way, represents Ohio voters) really liked Obama talking about Detroit making the fuel efficient cars of the future.)
McCain: “Joe the Plumber”…!!!
First candidate to promise to buy the Ale House a new wireless router gets my vote.
So… McCain says that there should be no litmus test for appointing a Supreme Court justice, and that he would appoint justices purely on their qualifications, but… he doesn’t believe that a judge who has supported Roe v. Wade is qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. Get that? No litmus test. Except, you know, abortion.
I’m not so sure that Obama should be going on the defensive so much. He’s spending way too much time defending himself against McCain’s bullshit charges, when he should be either attacking McCain, or talking substantively about issues. But maybe that’s just me.
Turns out, the plumbers union was the first national union to endorse Barack Obama. Got that Joe?
McCain wants to “find bad teachers another line of work.” You know, like plumbing.
I think Obama started slow, but once again is closing stronger than McCain, providing more specificity, and being more considerably more coherent, whereas McCain stays mostly on the attack. Perhaps this debate might be considered more of a draw than the previous two, but that’s just not good enough for McCain, who not only needs to win over undecided voters, he needs to win over some soft Obama voters as well.
McCain’s closing statement: “America needs a new direction. We cannot continue doing what we’ve been doing for the past eight years.” And so, that means we should elect a Republican?
Obama’s closing statement. He also doesn’t think we can afford to follow the same failed policies of the past 8 years. So they agree on something. More substantive, policy oriented closing, and that pleased the squiggly lines, especially the women.
GOLDY’S WRAP UP:
Not as sucky as the second debate, but not as good as the first one, and there’s no way McCain did what he desperately needed to do to change the dynamic of this race. We’ll wait for the insta-polls to figure out who won, but it doesn’t really matter anymore, does it. Stick a fork in it, this race is done.
Oh… and I loved David Gergen’s comment about McCain… it looked like “an exercise in anger management.”