It was a tough choice tonight. Watch the Bombers and Eskimos or watch the Presidential debate. Hmmm. Tough call.
I chose the Presidential debate – although I really don’t know if that’s the better choice.
Here we go!
7:03 pm – Obama talking about the economy: “This is a defining moment of American history.” Blah blah blah. Where have I heard that before? Come on, Barack! Give us something of SUBSTANCE. Quit talking in circles and GET TO THE DAMN POINT!
7:06 – Got to give a point to McCain for bringing up the importance of bipartisanship. And for referring to Ted Kennedy as the ‘Lion of the Senate.’
7:09 – The ‘audience reaction’ graphic at the bottom of CNN’s screen is USELESS. The Globe and Mail blogger calls it John McCain’s heart monitor. Hee!
7:10 – McCain is using his military history, referring to Eisenhower. First one to say ‘As President of the United States, I will…’ Point to him.
7:12 – Heh heh. Jim Lehrer (the moderator) says to Obama, “Say it to him (McCain)! Talk to each other!” I agree. This is a DEBATE, boys. Jim Lehrer’s one vote isn’t going to win the election. It isn’t about him.
7:14 – Why would you schedule a presidential debate on a FRIDAY night? Most people are out and about. Except me.
7:15 – Oooooooo! The gloves are off! McCain throws the first smackdown to Obama about his earmarks.
7:17 – Okay, Barack. REFUTE McCain’s suggestion that you are a ‘pork-barreller.’ Quit throwing statistics around.
7:18 – Second smackdown. ‘Maybe $932 million isn’t a lot of money to Senator Obama.’ Ouch. Then he says, “I was named the Sheriff in the Senate. I didn’t win Miss Congeniality.” Kind of funny. Definitely connecting with the common folk.
7:20 – Uh, do you really want to compare business taxes between the United States and Ireland? Not a good comparison, McCain.
7:21 – John McCain’s a lefty. And not in the political sense.
7:23 – This is really boring so far. Geez. First flip to the Eskimos/Bombers game. Damn. Halftime. So, Randorf and Co. and their silliness or the debate? Another tough decision. Both have an air of the ridiculousness about them. Wow. Bombers got two TDs and lead 15-8. Sure would like to see the Bombers pull this one out.
7:29 – Ha! McCain makes another funny (gosh, you’d swear I was a Republican the way this is sounding)! “Senator Obama has the most liberal voting record in the entire Senate. It’s tough to reach across the aisle when you’re that far left.” Even Obama laughed at that one – though I doubt it’s because he think McCain is funny.
7:30 – THANK GOD. Jim Lehrer finally tells both of these guys to quit talking in circles and GIVE US SOME DAMN SUBSTANCE! What are you going to do about the economy?? Thanks for pointing out what DOESN’T work, but I think we all know what doesn’t work. Tell us what WILL work.
7:32 – Spending freezes are McCain’s solution. Only things to not freeze: veteran affairs and defence spending. Me no like.
7:33 – And the first mention of ‘terrorist, terrorism, etc.’ goes to: John McCain.
7:34 – Jim’s trying every which way to get these guys to answer the damn question. I haven’t heard so much spin since the Republicans tried to frame Sarah Palin as a feminist. That wasn’t that long ago. *Sigh*
7:37 – Heh heh! TSN gives Jock Climie a birthday cake for his 40th birthday and says birthday wishes come from across the CFL – except Saskatchewan. Damn right!
7:38 – FINALLY Barack gives McCain a little slap on the wrist. But he sure isn’t very good at it. That was one hell of a horrible 40 minutes talking about economics. Neither of these guys is an economist, and it shows. Neither appears very worried about the US financial crisis. Nice to see.
7:39 – Now it’s to Iraq. I expect McCain to do well here. He’s got the experience and lingo.
7:40 – Second channel flip. Beginning of the 2nd half. It’s 14-9 for the Bombers. Not sure where I got the 15-8 figure…
7:42 – I sure would like to hear a little passion from these two. This conversation is too passive, like two guys having a fireside chat. The US is in BIG trouble, and these two are content to just stand here and split hairs.
7:46 – I want Obama to lean on his podium, look at McCain and say, “John, look me in the eye!” McCain refuses to acknowledge Obama. It’s weird.
7:48 – Obama seems to be finally hitting his stride after a nervous opening. He needs to land some blows, though.
7:51 – I’m confused. In the same sentence Obama says there are no more troops to send to Iraq, but he’ll send two or three more brigades. Huh?
7:52 – *Sigh* I sure wish Hillary Clinton was here…
7:53 – Obama says ‘Taliban’ and ‘Pakistan’ weirdly.
7:54 – Interesting point. McCain points out that Obama doesn’t support the surge in Iraq, but wants to employ that same strategy in Afghanistan.
7:56 – Obama needs to quit agreeing with McCain. Elections aren’t bipartisan, buddy.
7:59 – McCain subtly plays the experience card. He needs to do more of it, but not so subtly. Just say it – ‘I can handle being President. Senator Obama cannot.’
8:00 – Now we’re comparing bracelets-from-the-mothers-of-dead-soldiers-from-the-Iraq-War stories. Oh. My. Word. This thing needs to get back on track.
8:01 – Just checked the Bombers score. What?!?! ARMSTEAD returns a punt for a TD?? 21-9 Winnipeg.
8:01 – Go, Barack, go! Go for the KO blow! Nope. He didn’t do it.
8:02 – “Senator Obama doesn’t seem to understand there’s a connection between the two,’ talking about Iraq and Afghanistan. I agree. Pull out of Iraq and Iraq falls. Put those troops in Afghanistan and you have the opposite of what you have now. Sorry, folks, but the US needs to be in Iraq for the long haul. You have to clean up the mess you started.
8:06 – Obama says the war in Iraq has created the problem with Iran. ‘Tis true. I really wish they would quit talking about who started the war. The war is there. Deal with it. Fighting about who voted for it isn’t relevant now. Fix it.
8:09 – McCain brings up Kissinger, trying to tie himself to his coattails. Not a bad move.
8:10 – I like Obama’s tone on the ‘talking to Iran’ question. He needs to keep this up, BUT LAND SOME BLOWS!
8:12 -Heh heh heh heh heh. McCain says, “I’m not going to set the White House visitor list before I’m elected. I don’t even have a presidential seal.” That’s pretty funny, actually. Barack’s stage set from his Democratic Convention continues to gives the Republicans lots of one-liners. Why isn’t Barack doing the same? Hmmm. I don’t like Obama saying the Bush administration agrees with his idea of talking without preconditions. Aren’t you trying to tie McCain to Bush?
8:14 – McCain ties himself to Nixon’s idea of ‘trust and verify.’ Good move to tie yourself to a president who had to resign.
8:15 – Heh heh. McCain says, “Let me get this straight. So Ahmadinejhad says, “We’re going to blow Israel off the map and we simply say, ‘No you’re not.'” McCain is bringing out the jokes tonight. And it got an audience reaction, too.
8:17 – Channel flip. I was pretty pissed this week when TSN kept calling Winnipeg ‘resurgent.’ If memory serves correctly, they’re still 4-8. Resurgent to me implies you hit .500. 21-16 for Winnipeg. Need the Bombers to pull this one out for us.
8:18 – FINALLY! Only 78 minutes into the debate, and McCain finally calls Obama on his lack of experience. These guys are a little slow on the draw tonight.
8:20 – Point to McCain for saying the name of Georgia’s president almost like a native Georgian. But the point is lost because he couldn’t get his tongue around Iranian president Ahmadinejhad’s name.
8:21 – McCain has an impressive handle on the Russia-Georgia situation and Eastern European politics. Point.
8:22 – Barack, QUIT SAYING YOU AGREE WITH MCCAIN!!
8:26 – Did Jim Lehrer REALLY just ask these guys what the chances are for another attack of 9/11 proportions on US soil?? OMFG. What the hell kind of question is that? I guess it’s a lead into a discussion of US security, but geez, what a downer.
8:28 – I’m flipping because that question was so dumb. 22-16 Bombers.
8:29 – The US is spending ‘a couple hundred million’ on nuclear non-proliferation’ according to Barack. Could have fooled me.
8:30 – Obama credits McCain for his stance against torture. No sh*t.
8:30 – McCain invokes a third president – Ronald Reagan.
8:34 – Solid closing statement by Obama. Too bad he saved it for the end of the debate.
8:34 – McCain strongly goes after Obama saying he doesn’t have the experience.
8:36 – McCain brings out his military service for a good closing statement.
VERDICT: McCain wins because he landed a few blows and more than survived. Obama didn’t take advantage of the opportunities McCain gave him to land knockout blows. A lot of people believed McCain would get killed tonight. Because he didn’t and exceeded expectations, he wins.
McCain also ‘looked’ presidential tonight. Obama didn’t. This has got to be one of the weirdest presidential campaigns in history, because Obama is letting McCain hang around – and we all know that if you let your opponent hang around too long, he may just come back and beat you.