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Posts For: October 7, 2008

McCain On Health Care

He goes after Obama on “government this and government that.” He talks with some excitement about his own tax credit and purchase across state lines. “We have to give Americans choice.” He does fairly well for someone arguing against a guy promising the moon and the stars — for free.

He goes after Obama on “government this and government that.” He talks with some excitement about his own tax credit and purchase across state lines. “We have to give Americans choice.” He does fairly well for someone arguing against a guy promising the moon and the stars — for free.

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“Hair Transplants”

Is McCain going after Biden? Woah.

Is McCain going after Biden? Woah.

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Great Scott

McCain just creamed Obama on health care. This may be the first time in recorded history that a Republican has actually bested a Democrat on a core Democratic issue.

McCain just creamed Obama on health care. This may be the first time in recorded history that a Republican has actually bested a Democrat on a core Democratic issue.

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Is Health Care A Commodity?

What the heck does that mean? We don’t have to pay for it. Obama vamps and talks about “working with your employer” to reduce health care costs. Computerized records? Who would have thought!?

What the heck does that mean? We don’t have to pay for it. Obama vamps and talks about “working with your employer” to reduce health care costs. Computerized records? Who would have thought!?

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McCain On Energy

He comes alive and goes back to the Bush-Cheney vote and does his “drill now” pitch. That’s a winning message.

He comes alive and goes back to the Bush-Cheney vote and does his “drill now” pitch. That’s a winning message.

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The one good thing…

…McCain is doing in an otherwise boring, passionless debate is pound Obama on the chasm between his rhetoric and his record. It’s probably the most effective way of connecting Obama’s very, very liberal record with his penchant for obscuring that record during the campaign.

…McCain is doing in an otherwise boring, passionless debate is pound Obama on the chasm between his rhetoric and his record. It’s probably the most effective way of connecting Obama’s very, very liberal record with his penchant for obscuring that record during the campaign.

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He Said It

“Senator McCain and I actually agree on something…”

“Senator McCain and I actually agree on something…”

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“You know who voted for it?”

“That one,” says McCain, indicating Obama. He gets going when he’s having fun.

“That one,” says McCain, indicating Obama. He gets going when he’s having fun.

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Surprise, Surprise

On CNN in HD, they are showing a running scorecard. It will astonish you to discover that five out of the six are giving it to Obama going away.

On CNN in HD, they are showing a running scorecard. It will astonish you to discover that five out of the six are giving it to Obama going away.

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Speaking of Lecturing

Brokaw is like the substitute teacher who can’t get the kids to pay attention.

Brokaw is like the substitute teacher who can’t get the kids to pay attention.

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McCain’s Well-Structured Answers

For a guy who is usually hard to control, McCain is delivering tight, crisp, and extremely effective answers. Every answer has a similar structure: (a) I care about this issue (b) I’ve stood up against Bush/special interests on this issue (c) Obama has never taken a stand, never acted on this (d) so let’s compare records. Is it enough to win the debate?

For a guy who is usually hard to control, McCain is delivering tight, crisp, and extremely effective answers. Every answer has a similar structure: (a) I care about this issue (b) I’ve stood up against Bush/special interests on this issue (c) Obama has never taken a stand, never acted on this (d) so let’s compare records. Is it enough to win the debate?

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The Computer…

…was invented by a bunch of government scientists? Well, maybe, Senator Obama, but the silicon chip — the real cause of the technology revolution — was invented by a few guys in California.

…was invented by a bunch of government scientists? Well, maybe, Senator Obama, but the silicon chip — the real cause of the technology revolution — was invented by a few guys in California.

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Professorial

Every time Obama speaks he looks like he’s about to give us a lecture.  Does it come off as condescending?  Not sure.

Every time Obama speaks he looks like he’s about to give us a lecture.  Does it come off as condescending?  Not sure.

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Re: Re: Off His Game

He’s on the money substantively, but he’s stumbling delivery-wise. He just described the challenges that “climate change opposes.”

He’s on the money substantively, but he’s stumbling delivery-wise. He just described the challenges that “climate change opposes.”

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McCain Fix Entitlements

“Not that hard” to fix social security – just sit down. On Medicare: Come up with a Commission and then do an up-or-down vote. Back on taxes: Obama voted 94 times to raise taxes. He said he’d vote for a middle class tax cut when he ran for Senate and never proposed anything.  I think I’m with John– he is doing very well, in part become Obama seems disjointed or sleepy or both.

“Not that hard” to fix social security – just sit down. On Medicare: Come up with a Commission and then do an up-or-down vote. Back on taxes: Obama voted 94 times to raise taxes. He said he’d vote for a middle class tax cut when he ran for Senate and never proposed anything.  I think I’m with John– he is doing very well, in part become Obama seems disjointed or sleepy or both.

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Brokaw, Keeping it Dull

Just as this debate was picking up and McCain launched his broadside against Obama’s planned tax increases, Brokaw stepped in to make sure that Obama couldn’t directly respond. Then he introduced a dull question about entitlements and, to add insult to injury, asked the candidates to “pledge now” on some Social Security issue. This was right out of Tim Russert’s old playbook. James Fallows called the pledge question on of the worst types of debating tropes.

Just as this debate was picking up and McCain launched his broadside against Obama’s planned tax increases, Brokaw stepped in to make sure that Obama couldn’t directly respond. Then he introduced a dull question about entitlements and, to add insult to injury, asked the candidates to “pledge now” on some Social Security issue. This was right out of Tim Russert’s old playbook. James Fallows called the pledge question on of the worst types of debating tropes.

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‘Let’s Look at Our Records…And Look to My Vision of the Future’

McCain’s best case for himself. Well expressed.

McCain’s best case for himself. Well expressed.

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Energy

McCain finally seems to have gotten back his energy.  He’s now on a roll on Obama’s tax record. 

McCain finally seems to have gotten back his energy.  He’s now on a roll on Obama’s tax record. 

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Obama Is Very Hard To Follow

But since he’s talking about taxes and economics, it’s not clear his incoherence hurts him very much.

But since he’s talking about taxes and economics, it’s not clear his incoherence hurts him very much.

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Re: Off His Game

Linda, I’m not sure that’s right. He’s getting a lot of information across.

Linda, I’m not sure that’s right. He’s getting a lot of information across.

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