DonAithnen (donaithnen) wrote,

The debate

40 minutes in before McCain was able to mention torture (but not his own) and an hour before he was able to mention being in a war. I've lost track of the number of times he's talked about not being Miss Congeniality.

I've totally lost track of the number of outright lies and misinterpreting of statements McCain has said by this point.

Given the number of mis characterizations McCain has thrown out, i'm not sure Obama should be spending time responding to minor accusations about confusing issues on

Everywhere they've talked about it seems McCain has been there and can't resist talking about having been there =P

Huzah! Obama mentioned nuclear energy!

McCain seems really pushy about talking.

The little opinion tracker thing was interesting, but i'm not sure how much information it conveys. It seems like 90% of the time when either of them is talking all three lines (democrats, republicans and independents) go up to about +10 or 20% and stick there. Most of the remaining 10% of the time the line for the party of the person who's talking is at +10% or so and the other two are at -10% or so.

And at 1 hour and 38 minutes in and about 15 seconds before the end, McCain finally managed to specifically mention his POW experience!!!

All in all as long as one ignores things like the facts, i don't think either of them came off as significantly stronger than the other.

Edit: CNN seems to agree with what i was thinking. It was more important for Obama to be attacking McCain than refuting McCain's attacks against him, except in the case of really simple and egregious examples. The media should be doing the fact checking on what they say afterwards and calling them on any lies, unfortunately they haven't been doing such a good job of that lately.

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