Friday, September 26, 2008

Just for the record

Even Dick Morris, after professing that he will vote for McCain, said Obama won the deabte.

This Debate

Probably a draw -- which for an foreign policy debate is a win for Obama.

There weren't any major mistakes, but Obama looked like he should be on the stage -- and that may have been the most important issue tonight.

There were times that it sounded too much like a Senate committee debate, which I think works against McCain, as the guy who has been there longer.

Debate Time

Yeah! More comments later tonight.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Polls

I've added a section to the right for easy access to the latest polls. That is all for now.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

In case you missed it Saturday night . . .

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

The Cumulative Effect

This Washington Post story on how Sarah Palin was being paid a per diem by Alaska for nights she lived at home is too complicated for almost anyone to understand. It may not be illegal or even unethical, but it certainly doesn't pass the smell test on what we would like our leaders to be doing, especially those that claim to be reformers.

Left wingers will use this an an ah-ha! moment. Right wingers will dismiss it and use it as further evidence of a sinister plot. Both would be wrong.

The really danger to the GOP ticket is that this is one of a number of things that make Palin look more and more like a normal politician. "Normal" politicians look for the loopholes, be they earmarks or ways to get a little extra money for themselves. To the extent that Democrats attack her at this point (and she cannot be the focus) - it must be to reiterate that she is just a normal politician.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

The Speech (Tonight's version)

I thought the delivery was very flat and disjointed, and the background and the set did not help him either -- it was truly awful. (Also that intro video was bad too.)

As for the speech itself, very little in the way of specifics and too much "I know times are hard, and I care." Also seemed very cliched to me, and frankly sorta boring. Couldn't President Bush have given almost 95% of this speech?

It also seemed very disjointed, as though the cutting and pasting didn't exactly end up in the right places. He went from bio to policy to bio. It didn't flow, and kept the crowd from getting into it. Also didn't lay a glove on Obama.

The crowd is also pretty flat. I doesn't compare with a week ago, or even last night, when there was true passion in the crowds. (For many GOPers, I think they would have preferred if the convention had ended last night.)

All in all, not a particularly good speech. A gentleman's C+.

Flip Flops

Once again, the man Americans trust most for their news analysis focuses like a laser beam on the central issues facing us in this political season.

Actually, its just pretty funny.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

I was very worried . . .

but it was a very average VP-type speech, and she needed to do better.
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