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...]

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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...]

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Obama/Ayers: Palin DID handle that well! – UPDATED

Ann Althouse first made the observation, and she linked to a reporter shouting a question and Palin answering. You'll want to go see it before it - like the SNL skit on the sub-prime markets/financial crisis - gets pulled. Because we live in an era where anything that doesn't fit the narrative gets pulled.And let me point out that it is not President George (the "evil nazi who is squashing our civil rights") Bush or anyone in his administration, who keeps doing all this information yanking … [Read more...]

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Palin Biden debate reactions running thread

I thought both debaters helped their candidates a bit tonight, and I will always like Joe Biden, but I will call Palin the winner, first because she had to prove she is not the caricature being developed by the media, and she did that, but also because of the stunning consensus of the Frank Luntz audience in St. Louis, who declared her the hands-down winner and expressed a real connection. When I saw that audience response to Palin I thought: here in a nutshell is why the other side has worked … [Read more...]

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Vespers Oct 02; The Guardian Angels

Today I have been literally bombarded with emails - so much so that I've read barely nothing in the news.One emailed question I got several times today was "are you really praying and fasting? If you are, maybe I will too..."Yes, I am. I'm praying and fasting "that wisdom and light be brought to guide our nation in this election period, and that Thy will be done..." whatever that ends up being. I was a little appalled to get one missive from a lady who said she was Christian but was … [Read more...]

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So, Anchoress, what do you think of Palin, now?

I've had several - more than several, actually - emails from both left and right asking me what I think of Gov. Sarah Palin in her performances over the past weeks and what I think will happen at the debate.From the left the missives have been jeering. They remind me a little of Edward G. Robinson saying, "ya, yah, how do you like yer Moses, now?"From the right, I get hand-wringing..."what do you think, will she pull it off???"I have no idea how Palin will do at the debate because none of … [Read more...]

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GOP: Hail Mary Pass or Go Home

I took a quick turn through the 'sphere and at my email and saw a lot of frustration from Republicans, who are getting fed up with the double standards that are standard for the media and the left.Yes, it's there; yes, it's every day. Yes, Gwen Ifill is a dreadful choice, a Obama-enthralled partisan moderating a debate, and she should be replaced. Go ahead, make the phone calls, make a stink - try to get her replaced. Whoever they replace her with will be just as "in the tank" so it seems … [Read more...]

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Debates, Kidney Stones & More

This is a great U2 song - from a great U2 moment in their energy sucking Zoo-TV tour. The Fly, contains the line, "it's no secret that a liar won't believe anyone else." I always think of that in an election season. And Barack Obama, if he wants to show a little good faith, should apologize for calling these Right-to-Lifers "liars".I'm so sick of politics, aren't you? Nevertheless...here are some interesting links.Happily, Bill Whittle is great here with his funny and smart recounting of … [Read more...]

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McCain right. Me wrong.

Okay, I really need to hold to a hard-and-fast rule that I sometimes forget, which is to not write while I'm emoting; to get away from the desk and go think for a while before writing. I wrote a lot yesterday; much too much. Lesson learned.On the bailout itself? I'm undecided and a little concerned.Yesterday I wrote that McCain's suspending the campaign was a dumb move, that it might be noble, but it was politically stupid.The danger of focusing too much on politics, of course, is that … [Read more...]

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Postpone the debate? Dumb. – RECONSIDERED

Many on the right of the blogosphere seem impressed with Sen. McCain for him suspending his campaign, pulling ads and trying to postpone this Friday's debate on Foreign policy.McCain is making a lot of missteps, lately - keeping Palin from the press is one of them; yes, they treat her savagely and like a pack of jackals, but that's not going to change if the team wins, so just throw her out there and let her sink or swim.I think this "campaign suspension" is another mistake. Even though it … [Read more...]

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