Scorecard so far: Barack Obama is winning if you measure by substantiveness of answers. John McCain is winning if you count number of years spent in a Vietnamese jail.
Nice, so because Obama can recognize that McCain isn't always constantly wrong in all things, he is not fit to lead? What is their logic?
McCain did not strongly make a case for his main selling point "I'm a Maverick"
For what it's worth, Time believes Obama won.Time has been covering this campaign with a somewhat pro-Obama slant
For what it's worth, Time believes Obama won.
It was "course not, course not" -- with his sibilant "s" it sounds like "coursh not, coursh not" -- I heard it live, wearing an ear plug, and I have a pretty good ear.
As president of the United States, I want to assure you, I've got a pen.
Why did Obama keep saying "When I'm President"? Very confident of him, I guess, to assume he will win...
I would like to apologize to you for assuming that your private assurances to me regarding your desire to cooperate in our efforts to negotiate bipartisan lobbying reform legislation were sincere.
But I understand how important the opportunity to lead your party's effort to exploit this issue must seem to a freshman Senator, and I hold no hard feelings over your earlier disingenuousness. Again, I have been around long enough to appreciate that in politics the public interest isn't always a priority for every one of us.
Kaffee: I think he wants to say it. I think he's pissed off that he has to hide behind all this. I think he wants to say that he made a command decision and that should be then end of it.
[Starts imitating Jessup]
Kaffee: He eats breakfast 300 yards away from 4000 Cubans who are trained to kill him. And nobody's going to tell him how to run his unit least of all the Harvard mouth in his faggoty white uniform. I need to shake him, put him on the defensive and lead him right where he's dying to go.
"Angry John McCain showed up at the debate last night. It didn't sit well with undecided voters:'McCain was seen as the more negative of the two—by 7 points before the debate and by 26 points after. The audience did not like it when he went after Obama for being 'naïve' or used his oft-repeated 'what Senator Obama doesn't understand' line. When the two clashed directly in the second half of the debate, with Obama repeatedly protesting McCain's characterization of his statements or positions, the voter dials went down. Voters appear to have judged McCain too negative in those encounters and Obama more favorably."*
'McCain was seen as the more negative of the two—by 7 points before the debate and by 26 points after. The audience did not like it when he went after Obama for being 'naïve' or used his oft-repeated 'what Senator Obama doesn't understand' line. When the two clashed directly in the second half of the debate, with Obama repeatedly protesting McCain's characterization of his statements or positions, the voter dials went down. Voters appear to have judged McCain too negative in those encounters and Obama more favorably."*
"It was a debate, mostly civil though occasionally cranky, between a tough old man and a polished young one. McCain revealed more of himself in that arena, wincing and grimacing during the split-screen shots while Obama was speaking.
That dynamic threaded its way through the emotional highlights of the event. Time and again, McCain, who is 72 and would be the oldest man ever elected to a first term, condescended to Obama, who is 47 and one of the youngest ever to win his party's nomination. 'He doesn't understand,' McCain said repeatedly. Discussing Obama's willingness to engage in talks with Iran without preconditions, McCain said: 'It isn't just naive. It's dangerous.'
Obama declined to be belittled. Although McCain refused to address him directly -- despite encouragement from moderator Jim Lehrer -- Obama looked at and spoke to McCain. Obama often credited McCain on issues -- a grace that was not reciprocated -- but he did not accept the role of junior candidate."
Second, you don't say things like that in public if you're a politician with any kind of ambition
The joke is super tasteless, but I could imagine someone thinking it's funny. Calling your wife a cunt is awful, but it's the kind of thing some people do when they lose their temper. Calling one of your children "that black thing" and saying you hate her to some stranger you've just met on vacation? That'd make him a moron and a sociopath.
For years and years, Democrats have wondered how their candidates could "win" the debates on logical points -- that is, tactics -- but lose the larger struggle because these seemed too aggressive, supercilious, cold-blooded, or whatever. To put it in tactical/strategic terms, Democrats have gotten used to winning battles and losing wars. Last night, the Democratic candidate showed a far keener grasp of this distinction than did the Republican who accused him of not understanding it.
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