Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Debate: initial reaction

I think John McCain should have sent Sarah Palin in his place in the debate tonight. We needed a pit bull. What we got was more like a basset hound.

8 comments:

Kevin said...

I'm not sure what more you would have wanted from McCain. He attacked Obama consistently on his record on energy on his tax policies on his experience and judgment. Too much attacking seems petty. He only had so much time and to spend it all talking about his opponent is foolish, he needs to present a way forward. McCain's not as eloquent as Obama, but he seemed sharper and more engaged. He was much more on top of the issues than Palin would/could have been... she doesn't have the experience or training to get into a verbal sparring match w/ Obama, he's been coached for over a year now on the issues and how to approach them, she's new.

Palin's only advantage in this debate would have been her persona and that she's closest to the middle class and really understands the hardships there... Obama would have ripped her to pieces with facts, figures, experience, and his eloquence.

Alcamadus said...

McCain really didn't know how to do rebuttals. Obama tried to destroy McCain's tax credit for health care, and McCain just came back by trying to promote his system, but never talked about what Obama had criticized. If he wants to prove he's right, sometimes he's got to come back and show why Obama is wrong, especially about his own system. But he didn't.

I don't know, these debates just make me more angry than anything. Both candidates hardly answer honest questions directly, and they both prance around different policies, but they love to talk about how great America is and how we can do anything, and the whole "Its morning in America again" campaign. Which...is good. But its also a cop-out.

Dennis said...

I think we needed to hear something more like Rudy Giuliani at the RNC convention, and something a little less like Mr. Rogers. (If McCain had said his wimpy "my friends" line one more time I think I would have been ill!)

McCain wasn't my pick for the Republican nominee. After last night, I am convinced that the Republicans made a huge mistake in not selection one of the other candidates.

Kevin said...

I did get tired of "my friends"... maybe he should have gone with "Listen up suckers... here's how it's gonna be" :)

The thing that completely threw me off was this buy-out-to-restructure proposal (some are saying it's going to cost $300 billion). What's he thinking... I mean, I understand how keeping people in their homes is good... but $300 billion, and who decides who just got a bad deal and who over-leveraged themselves? Crazy.

Dennis said...

Well, I don't know about "suckers" but whenever Obama started lying or flip-flopping Mccain could have at least got in his face and challenged him with, "I'm your huckleberry!" :-)

McCain's housing proposal makes me think I should have bought a house I couldn't afford.

St.Lee said...

Senator McCain almost had me when he began to talk about the real culprits behind the bailout fiasco, but then when he brought up Warren Buffet as a possible Treasury Secretary, I threw up my hands in disgust and turned my attention elsewhere.

I mean Warren Buffet? Is he kidding? That would be like Senator Obama picking Steve Forbes. It just seems like Senator McCain is determined to make sure conservatives can't be sure who's side he is really on!

professor ed said...

Alas, in this "debate" as well ast the their preceding meeting, McCain came across as basically a tired old man. While Obama resembled a young puppy fool of energy and ready to chew--on anything.

Norma said...

I left the room after McCain's first response, because it was so weak and off topic I couldn't believe it. My husband said he got better as the night went on. I sure hope so.