Final Debate Reactions

OOPS! I thought I'd published this earlier - turns out I'd only saved it!How many of you were waiting for McCain to say the C-word re those tee shirts?I did think McCain was stronger and more combative than last debate, but he clearly does not want to be a political pugilist. Was glad he mentioned vouchers, but I do believe I had predicted that he could not discuss Ayers except on Obama's turf, thus neutralizing the issue. That's what happened.Should have talked more ACORN, too. McCain … [Read more...]

Live-blogging the final Debate?

No, not me. I haven't the stamina to watch-and-blog because I get too anal about trying to get "everything." Not worth making myself nuts over. While you're waiting though, take a look at what the Ohio Secretary of State thinks is Democracy in Action, and get a load of Gay Patriot's state-by-state electoral fraud post. It ain't pretty.I see the press already has their talking points from Lord Obama.If you're looking for liveblogging, it's usually fun times for that over at Althouse's … [Read more...]

Dirty Bombs, Dirty Elections; a roundup

Okay, enough fun and games with the pie recipes - here's a roundup of everything I'm finding interesting today. A smorgasboard.Bill Ayers is just a really nice guy in the neighborhood.I personally think McCain gains nothing in going after Ayers - particularly not in this debate where, having challenged McCain to say something "to my face" - Obama will be loaded for bear and ready to shoot down any concerns with appropriate (and mild-sounding) spin. But I'm sure McCain - his sense of honor … [Read more...]

McCain on Fannie 2006

Quite a letter. Wonder what might have happened if McCain and the other GOP senators who signed this letter urging immediate action re Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and hoping to formulate a policy to avoid economic catastrophe, had been worked with?Sen. John McCain's 2006 demand for regulatory action on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could have prevented current financial crisis, as HUMAN EVENTS learned from the letter shown in full text below.McCain's letter -- signed by nineteen other senators … [Read more...]

ACORN, Media & the Angry Right

We're watching the press out-and-out lie in its reportage. We're watching YouTube censor what may negatively impact their man. Networks will sell 1/2 chunks of airtime to the Obama campaign, but will not run an ad by his critics. Ann Althouse notes that basic accurate transcription appears to be beyond the press' capability.No wonder the GOP rank-and-file are edgy, and angry. They know what "free speech" is. They've been gritting their teeth and respecting the first amendment for the last … [Read more...]

Don't let the psy-ops throw you – UPDATED

Election 2004 H/T GatewaypunditI'm getting a sense that some people are freaking out, out there, that it's three weeks to election and so it's time to hyperventilate.Of course that's not true. Three weeks is still a huge chunk of time in an election, and things turn on a dime. The whole point of the big "landslide" story is the press helping Obama out some more; it is meant to make you despair and not go vote. It's a game. While they're saying "landslide," and Charlie Gibson is acting … [Read more...]

Final Thought: Brokaw hurt both men

It occurs to me that neither McCain nor Obama particularly "glittered" last night, largely because of the debate format, and I blame Brokaw for it.Senator McCain is known to be at his best in a free-for-all Townhall format. He's comfortable mixing it up, and that's why he invited Sen. Obama to do a series of ten of them over the summer.Obama is known to be at his worst in such a format and understandably refused McCain's offer.But a "Townhall" debate has become a staple of the … [Read more...]

Reactions to Worst. Townhall. Ever. -UPDATED!

Good heavens that was the most boring townhall debate I've ever seen. No "moments" to it. Both the Kerry/Bush and Gore/Bush townhalls were a great deal more informative and persuasive. Brokaw needed more input from the audience and less from his gasbag self. I am told it was better on radio, but to me neither one of the candidates brought their A game, tonight. Both seemed like they needed a cup of Mystic Monk CoffeeVodkapundit says McCain won, just barely. He might be right...but I … [Read more...]

Townhall: McCain's gotta speak to & for America (OOPS)

Tonight is do or die for John McCain - this is his absolute [next-to-the] last chance to speak directly to the American people, unsuppressed by media filters. (Except for the next debate, at Hofstra University, which I'd forgotten. Oops. Yes, I blushing.)And the filters are working overtime, as Patterico demonstrates here: Today John McCain finally began to tell the country about his own efforts to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the Democrats’ incredible inaction. Yes, as many of u … [Read more...]

The DC Nuke & the Saving Monks

Random Thoughts is writing about what is happening to her finances.No one has defended President Bush more than I have during his time in office. No one.But his signing the "bailout bill" that Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the rest of them were giddy over this afternoon - it has stunned me. I know he had to do it. I know there were no choices, here. But I am still stunned.When I heard Joe Biden talk about giving courts the power to reset mortgage principles I thought he'd simply … [Read more...]