Let's live-blog the debate

Tune into the presidential debate at 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time, fire up your computer, and come to this site and this post.   As the debate proceeds, type your observations, reactions, profound insights, and snide remarks as comments.  I’ll do the same.  We can discuss the candidates’ performance and the tenor of the debate as it is happening.

Won’t that be fun?

Meet you here at 9:00 ET/8:00 CT/7:00 MT/6:00 PT.

UPDATE:  I’ll start a separate post for our live blog.

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  • Michael H.

    It might be fun, provided that comments are limited to relevant observations from relatively civil individuals. I suspect it is more likely to degenerate into a typical tit for tat war of slogans between left and right. Sorry Mr. Veith, no offense to your readers.

  • Michael H.

    It might be fun, provided that comments are limited to relevant observations from relatively civil individuals. I suspect it is more likely to degenerate into a typical tit for tat war of slogans between left and right. Sorry Mr. Veith, no offense to your readers.

  • Tom Hering

    Michael H, “relevant” and “civil” aren’t commonly accepted descriptions of fun. :-D

  • Tom Hering

    Michael H, “relevant” and “civil” aren’t commonly accepted descriptions of fun. :-D

  • SKPeterson

    I would just like to say that I take umbrage at Mr. Hering’s casual slurs and invective.

  • SKPeterson

    I would just like to say that I take umbrage at Mr. Hering’s casual slurs and invective.

  • Tom Hering

    SK, you ignorant slut, your comment is pure slander.

  • Tom Hering

    SK, you ignorant slut, your comment is pure slander.

  • Cincinnatus

    ‘MURKA!!!11!one!!!

  • Cincinnatus

    ‘MURKA!!!11!one!!!

  • http://www.toddstadler.com tODD

    I really would love to join you guys (I really got into debate analysis back in the day), but 6-7:30pm will find me feeding children and putting them to bed. Pooh.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com tODD

    I really would love to join you guys (I really got into debate analysis back in the day), but 6-7:30pm will find me feeding children and putting them to bed. Pooh.

  • SKPeterson

    If I’m able to join, it would be late; I’m teaching a course tonight, which won’t be done until 9:15. If I feel like it, I might catch the last little bit, but I may just relax and read before I go to bed. Have fun, and be civil.

  • SKPeterson

    If I’m able to join, it would be late; I’m teaching a course tonight, which won’t be done until 9:15. If I feel like it, I might catch the last little bit, but I may just relax and read before I go to bed. Have fun, and be civil.

  • Tom Hering

    Now see, Todd, in the socialist paradise 47% of us long for, your children would be cared for communally, and you’d be able to join us. But no, you have to hold on to your precious “liberty” and miss the fun. Someday you’ll realize that principles suck.

  • Tom Hering

    Now see, Todd, in the socialist paradise 47% of us long for, your children would be cared for communally, and you’d be able to join us. But no, you have to hold on to your precious “liberty” and miss the fun. Someday you’ll realize that principles suck.

  • dust

    tODD…that’s app (you could call it that these days?) is pretty cool! is it for sale? or rent? would be cool to apply it to comments here and see who repeats certain words or phrases over and over?

    anyway, too bad you can’t be here, but perhaps your software can?

    just plug it in to a real time text feed and let it sit in for you while you take care of your most important and rewarding vocation :)

    cheers!

  • dust

    tODD…that’s app (you could call it that these days?) is pretty cool! is it for sale? or rent? would be cool to apply it to comments here and see who repeats certain words or phrases over and over?

    anyway, too bad you can’t be here, but perhaps your software can?

    just plug it in to a real time text feed and let it sit in for you while you take care of your most important and rewarding vocation :)

    cheers!

  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    I won’t be tuning in, no need. Besides I can already tell you how it is going to be. I suspect it will be a lot like this

    Johnson: It’s time someone had the courage to stand up and say: “I’m against those things that everybody hates”.
    Jackson: Now I respect my opponent. I think he’s a good man but, quite frankly, I agree with everything he just said!
    Fry: These are the candidates? They sound like clones. Wait a minute. They are clones!
    Leela: Don’t let their identical DNA fool you. They differ on some key issues.
    Johnson: I say your three cent titanium tax goes too far.
    Jackson: And I say your three cent titanium tax doesn’t go too far enough!

  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    I won’t be tuning in, no need. Besides I can already tell you how it is going to be. I suspect it will be a lot like this

    Johnson: It’s time someone had the courage to stand up and say: “I’m against those things that everybody hates”.
    Jackson: Now I respect my opponent. I think he’s a good man but, quite frankly, I agree with everything he just said!
    Fry: These are the candidates? They sound like clones. Wait a minute. They are clones!
    Leela: Don’t let their identical DNA fool you. They differ on some key issues.
    Johnson: I say your three cent titanium tax goes too far.
    Jackson: And I say your three cent titanium tax doesn’t go too far enough!

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    BTW, the debate falls on Obama’s wedding anniversary…

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    BTW, the debate falls on Obama’s wedding anniversary…

  • Cincinnatus

    Dr. Luther@10:

    +1

    Of course, there’s always the South Park gloss on elections in our mass democracy: it’s a choice between a giant douche and a turd sandwich.

    /disingenuous apology to those with sensitive eyes

  • Cincinnatus

    Dr. Luther@10:

    +1

    Of course, there’s always the South Park gloss on elections in our mass democracy: it’s a choice between a giant douche and a turd sandwich.

    /disingenuous apology to those with sensitive eyes

  • dust

    Klasie….sounds like you might have a tingle going up your leg :)

    cheers!

  • dust

    Klasie….sounds like you might have a tingle going up your leg :)

    cheers!

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Dust @ 13: Explain?

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Dust @ 13: Explain?

  • Jimmy Veith

    We are at the old homeplace. Mother is preparing a feast of roast beef and homemade apple pie to be served with bluebell icecream, to be followed by a debate watch party. I am anxious to share our objective and non-partisan analysis. Wish you and Jackie were here.

  • Jimmy Veith

    We are at the old homeplace. Mother is preparing a feast of roast beef and homemade apple pie to be served with bluebell icecream, to be followed by a debate watch party. I am anxious to share our objective and non-partisan analysis. Wish you and Jackie were here.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    “Now see, Todd, in the socialist paradise 47% of us long for, your children would be cared for communally,”

    LOL, that reminds me of when I was 6 years old and asked my grandmother who was watching the maid’s kids while she was watching me!!!

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    “Now see, Todd, in the socialist paradise 47% of us long for, your children would be cared for communally,”

    LOL, that reminds me of when I was 6 years old and asked my grandmother who was watching the maid’s kids while she was watching me!!!

  • Cincinnatus

    OMG, Biden already said something stupid!!!

    Wait, that debate isn’t happening yet? Well, just stick a pin in that one and save it for later.

  • Cincinnatus

    OMG, Biden already said something stupid!!!

    Wait, that debate isn’t happening yet? Well, just stick a pin in that one and save it for later.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    Fun map and blog post regarding a 269-269 tie in the electoral college. This is the kind of stuff that is fun to discuss with teens.

    http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/01/new-polls-raise-chance-of-electoral-college-tie/

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    Fun map and blog post regarding a 269-269 tie in the electoral college. This is the kind of stuff that is fun to discuss with teens.

    http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/01/new-polls-raise-chance-of-electoral-college-tie/

  • Helen K.

    Better than football which I suffer through at times with DH. Fortunately we both want to watch the debate. No offense to Grace, but I’m praying for a Morman. I wish you guys could be on a panel of moderators. Cheers.

  • Helen K.

    Better than football which I suffer through at times with DH. Fortunately we both want to watch the debate. No offense to Grace, but I’m praying for a Morman. I wish you guys could be on a panel of moderators. Cheers.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    I do too, Jimmy! How wonderful that sounds. This ties back to the post about staying home and coming home. I can’t wait to retire and have that nostos.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    I do too, Jimmy! How wonderful that sounds. This ties back to the post about staying home and coming home. I can’t wait to retire and have that nostos.

  • Jimmy Veith

    News flash from the old homeplace.
    We all agree. President Obama won the Debate!

  • Jimmy Veith

    News flash from the old homeplace.
    We all agree. President Obama won the Debate!

  • Tom Hering

    Romney was just introduced, and it looks like he’s still Romney. The debate is lost.

  • Tom Hering

    Romney was just introduced, and it looks like he’s still Romney. The debate is lost.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    Everybody, go to the other post–”In which we live blog the debate”–for the commentary.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    Everybody, go to the other post–”In which we live blog the debate”–for the commentary.

  • Abby

    Romney quotes:
    “No tax cut that adds to the deficit. I am not in favor of a 5 trillion dollar tax cut.”
    “I will lower taxes on middle income families.”
    “50% of small businesses pay taxes based on individual tax rate not the corporate rate. I will lower their rates. I am about jobs.”
    “50% of what is earned by a small business is taxes. And you, Mr. President, want to raise their tax rate even higher.”
    “23 million people out of work. 47 million people on food stamps.”
    “It is not moral to keep spending more than we’re taking in and passing on that debt to the next generations.”
    “Raising taxes slows down the rate of growth.”
    “I’m not going to keep spending money on things and borrowing money from China to pay for them.”
    “The President has doubled the national debt.”
    “The revenue I get is by more people working and paying more into taxes. I will not raise taxes.”

  • Abby

    Romney quotes:
    “No tax cut that adds to the deficit. I am not in favor of a 5 trillion dollar tax cut.”
    “I will lower taxes on middle income families.”
    “50% of small businesses pay taxes based on individual tax rate not the corporate rate. I will lower their rates. I am about jobs.”
    “50% of what is earned by a small business is taxes. And you, Mr. President, want to raise their tax rate even higher.”
    “23 million people out of work. 47 million people on food stamps.”
    “It is not moral to keep spending more than we’re taking in and passing on that debt to the next generations.”
    “Raising taxes slows down the rate of growth.”
    “I’m not going to keep spending money on things and borrowing money from China to pay for them.”
    “The President has doubled the national debt.”
    “The revenue I get is by more people working and paying more into taxes. I will not raise taxes.”


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