What i'd like to see at the debate tonight:
Regardless of whether or not the moderators give them a chance to make an opening statement or not the candidates always take the time to do a little intro, if necessary by responding to the first question with something like "that's a good question and i'll answer it in just a second, but first i'd like to thank you for inviting me here and giving me the chance to debate the issues with my opponent, and i'd like to thank the audience for showing up to listen to us..." etc.
After finishing the obligatory thanking everyone bit Obama's ought to continue on with something like "I'd really like to talk about the important economic issues facing the American people today, but [turning to McCain] I would like to know John, are you going to insist on discussing the lies spread by your ads and by Governor Palin, or are you willing to dismiss them as the lies they are so we can discuss the issues that really matter to the public?"
He could say it better than me i'm sure, but something direct and confrontational at the beginning, stating that he wants to discuss the economy and forcing McCain to choose between diverting the discussion or giving up the Ayers and such attacks. If he lets McCain bring the issue up at some later point of his own choosing McCain _might_ be able to work around to it without actually looking like he's trying to sideline the entire debate.
So force McCain to choose up front, and either acknowledge that he's avoiding the important topics, or discredit any attempts to bring it up later. And if McCain _does_ bring it up, either at the start or later on, then Obama should respond quickly and in series with the "i was 8 at the time" bit, and ask him about his relationships with Keating during the savings and loan scandal and why he hired an advocate for Saddam Husein as a campaign adviser and why Palin is lying about the findings of the investigation into her ethics, but then follow that up with "but these aren't the issues the American people want to hear about, they want to hear about how the economy is going to be fixed." He should always respond to the attack in force but then try to get the topic back onto the economy, so McCain gets all the "credit" for changing the subject.
Seen it posted by several people, but just now is the first time i read it while i was actually near a book :) The only question i have is, if the page starts halfway through a sentence does that count as the first sentence or the zeroth sentence?
Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.
The closest book: "Whatever their reasons, most relish an opportunity to make the enemy run scared, if only for an evening or two."
The book i'm currently reading: "'Major,' he said, once he was confident he had control of his voice, 'I've just had a nasty thought.'"
Okay, that one is a little weird too, because the sentence ends in the middle of a quote.
When presenting a public opinion poll on the debate: "One warning, this poll is only of people who actually watched the debate." Damn it! I wanted to hear the opinion of people who hadn't watched it and were just guessing at how it went! Good thing they warned me! :)