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Synchronized presidential debating

October 30th, 2008 · No Comments

From the Department of Presidential Debate Redundancy Department: 236.com makes a pretty valid point about the presidential debates: Um, what was the point of the last two?

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Tags: Barack Obama · Debates · Democrats · John McCain · Republicans

SNL: Joe the Plumber is McCain’s imaginary friend

October 17th, 2008 · No Comments

Here’s last night’s SNL sketch of the final debate, mostly focused on John McCain’s obsession with Joe the Plumber.  The notion that Joe is McCain’s imaginary friend actually isn’t too far from the truth.  McCain thought Joe was a plumber making over $250,000 who would pay higher taxes under Obama’s plan, and an upstanding, tax-paying, unbiased [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Debates · Democrats · Entertainment · John McCain · Republicans

Final debate wrap: A picture is worth 1,000 words

October 16th, 2008 · 1 Comment

This is a real picture taken at last night’s debate.  One of these men will be the next President of the United States.  Does anything more really need to be said?

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Tags: Barack Obama · Debates · Democrats · John McCain · Republicans

The planetarium to nowhere

October 8th, 2008 · No Comments

Two days ago, I wrote this about how out of touch John McCain’s campaign has become in its final days: C-SPAN just aired John McCain’s rally in New Mexico, and it looked like it was taking place on a different planet.  McCain’s entire speech was focused on what you don’t know about Barack Obama, what you need to know [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Debates · Democrats · John McCain · Republicans

VP debate wrap: Palin wins special participation award

October 3rd, 2008 · 10 Comments

Well, she showed up.  She stood at the right podium.  She mostly spoke English, gosh darnit.  And the media’s post-debate analysis had to be the most condescending display of lowered bar cheerleading in American political history. Last night, pundits and conservatives applauded Sarah Palin for not tripping over her feet on the way to the podium and not using the phrases “U.S. Americans” or [...]

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Tags: Debates · Democrats · Joe Biden · Republicans · Sarah Palin

Fareed Zakaria makes the case against Palin + pre-debate analysis

October 2nd, 2008 · 3 Comments

Some must-see commentary from Fareed Zakaria of Newsweek, a guy I consider to be one of the best foreign policy analysts in the country.  The short version: The problem with Sarah Palin isn’t that she doesn’t know the answers, it’s that she doesn’t even understand the questions. As far as tonight’s debate is concerned, my pre-game analysis [...]

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Tags: Debates · Democrats · Joe Biden · Republicans · Sarah Palin

Five things you missed in the first presidential debate

September 27th, 2008 · 4 Comments

My immediate take on last night’s debate: Remarkably serious.  Remarkably newsless.  I’ll spare you the in-depth analysis, you already know who I thought won.  Instead, here’s five things you may have missed. 1. McCain taking subliminal shots at his own age Think McCain is a little insecure about his age? At least three times last night, [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Debates · Democrats · John McCain · Republicans

The potential backlash in Pennsylvania

April 17th, 2008 · No Comments

I’m not going to say Barack Obama has a chance to win Pennsylvania.  He doesn’t.  But I can’t imagine anything making a stronger case for his campaign theme of moving beyond old school Washington politics than the ABC News debate last night.  I’m guessing that for every undecided voter who watched that debate and came away [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Debates · Hillary Clinton · Media

ABC News debate/Clinton campaign infomercial analysis: What don’t we know about Obama?

April 16th, 2008 · 1 Comment

For some reason, I thought there was a debate scheduled tonight.  At 8:00 p.m., I turned my television to ABC expecting to see Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama answering questions posed by objective journalists.  Instead, they were showing some two-hour infomercial on why Hillary Clinton should be the Democratic nominee, hosted by former Clinton senior political [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Debates · Democrats · Hillary Clinton · Media

The media’s unfair treatment of Hillary Clinton

February 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

There’s been a lot of complaining in recent weeks by the Clinton campaign about what they perceive to be the media’s uneven treatment between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.  But Jonathan Martin over at Politico caught a moment in Tuesday’s debate where the media very noticably gave Clinton a pass.  When asked if she could [...]

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Tags: Debates · Democrats · Hillary Clinton · Media

To be fair to CNN and the coal industry

February 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I’ve been making note of the fact that, in the last five CNN debates– which were all sponsored by the coal industry front group Americans for Better Energy Choices (ABEC)– there were coincidentally no questions asked about climate change.  But environmentalist blog The Green Miles notices that there were no questions asked about climate change in Tuesday’s [...]

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Tags: Debates · Environment · Media

Democratic debate rankings, 2/27/08: Obama runs out the clock

February 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment

In potentially the final Democratic debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, both candidates stayed on message and executed their gameplans, despite the best attempts of NBC newsmen Brian Williams and Tim Russert.  While Obama looked to remain presidential and above the fray, Clinton sought to force her opponent into a mistake that might turn the race [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Debates · Democrats · Hillary Clinton

The coal-powered empire strikes back

February 25th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Commenter “david, with ABEC” takes issue with last week’s suggestion that there may be a connection between CNN’s lack of debate questions on climate change and the fact that their debates have been sponsored by ABEC, a coal industry front group: While we are flattered that there are some people out there who are convinced we can dictate the questions of [...]

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Tags: Debates · Environment · Media

No questions about climate change in coal-sponsored CNN debate… again

February 22nd, 2008 · 2 Comments

For those of us who’ve been keeping score, last night’s event makes five straight CNN debates sponsored by coal industry front group Americans for Balanced Energy Choices (ABEC) without a single question about climate change policy.

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Tags: Debates · Environment · Media

Democratic debate rankings, 2/21/08: Clinton bows out gracefully

February 22nd, 2008 · 5 Comments

The real debate tonight wasn’t between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, it was between Clinton advisers Mark Penn and Mandy Grunwald.  A New York Times story on the internal discussions this week in the Clinton campaign framed the debate like this: Even now, after a string of defeats, her advisers are divided over how to [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Debates · Democrats · Hillary Clinton