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Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/15/2008

What do you thing?

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Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/08/2008


Well, besides all those other reasons.

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Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/07/2008

of the debate according to Luntz’s undecided meter people was Tom Brokaw’s questions asking whether medical care was a right or a responsibility.  Brokaw knew this question would be a huge winner for Obama — one reason why Brokaw asked the question.

And what the hell does it mean for medical care to be a “responsibility” anyway?  An idiotic question — accept in regards to setting up Obama for a home run, and McCain for a predictable strike out.

In the tank like a like a clown fish in the dentist’s office.

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Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/07/2008

has to be considered the luckiest man in America tonight, fortunate that his own career wasn’t damaged by being tied like an anchor to the idiotic and erratic McCain campaign, the way Sarah Palin has been damaged by the requirement to adopt and spin for most all of John McCain’s worst political positions — not to mention how she was deeply damaged by the insane interview strategy crafted by McCain’s handlers.

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Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/07/2008

6:09  McCain is very nervous.  Obama supporter Tom Brokaw just fired a question at McCain which Brokaw knew would favor Obama:  Brokaw knew McCain’s answer to his question “who should be Treasury Secretary” would be an Obama supporter, i.e. Warren Buffet.  Pathetic.

Brokaw should take himself off the stage and out of this debate.  He’s the third left leaning Democrat moderator we’ve had in a row.  A disgrace.

6:14  McCain goes after Obama and the Democrats on Fannie and Freddie.

6:15  Obama LIES and B*LLSH*TS about the causes of the financial crisis.  How disgusting.

6:16  Uncommitted voters — always among the least informed of all voters — are being metered on CNN, and these voters are eating up Obama’s b*llsh*t explanation of the “causes” of the financial crisis.

6:19  The uncommitted voters asking the questions at this forum themselves don’t seem at all well informed.   Representative of undecideds, but not a good source of factually accurate and substantively informed questions  But low brow questions may be exactly at the right level for voters still making up their minds.

6:28  The “uncommitted” women metered at CNN seem to love Obama no matter what he says.  Hmmm.

6:29  McCain is not scoring against Obama.  The election is a referendum on Obama, and McCain has lost his focus on this fact.  Palin keeps on message on this point.  McCain has no discipline, and few instinctive political gifts, and he fails to keep on message.

Too busy to blog.  I’ll post more comments on the debate later.

UPDATE:  In her own live blogging, Michelle Malkin nails a lot of what I would have said about this debate.

UPDATE II:  I’m with Andy McCarthy:

We have a disaster here — which is what you should
expect when you delegate a non-conservative to make the conservative
(nay, the American) case.  We can parse it eight ways to Sunday, but I
think the commentary is missing the big picture.

Here’s what Obama needed to do tonight:  Convince the country that
he was an utterly safe, conventional, centrist politician who may have
leftward leanings but will do the right thing when the crunch comes.

Now, as the night went along, did you get the impression that Obama
comes from the radical Left?  Did you sense that he funded Leftist
causes to the tune of tens of millions of dollars?  Would you have
guessed that he’s pals with a guy who brags about bombing the
Pentagon?  Would you have guessed that he helped underwrite raging
anti-Semites?  Would you come away thinking, “Gee, he’s proposing to
transfer nearly a trillion dollars of wealth to third-world dictators
through the UN”?

Nope.  McCain didn’t want to go there.  So Obama comes off as just
your average Center-Left politician.  Gonna raise your taxes a little,
gonna negotiate reasonably with America’s enemies; gonna rely on our
very talented federal courts to fight terrorists and solve most of
America’s problems; gonna legalize millions of hard-working illegal

McCain?  He comes off as Center-Right .. or maybe Center-Left …
but, either way, deeply respectful of Obama despite their policy

Great.  Memo to McCain Campaign:  Someone is either a terrorist
sympathizer or he isn’t; someone is either disqualified as a terrorist
sympathizer or he’s qualified for public office.  You helped portray
Obama as a clealy qualified presidential candidate who would fight

If that’s what the public thinks, good luck trying to win this thing.

With due respect, I think tonight was a disaster for our side.  I’m
dumbfounded that no one else seems to think so.  Obama did everything
he needed to do, McCain did nothing he needed to do.  What am I missing?

UPDATE III:  Undecided voters polled by CBS News pick Obama as the winner of tonights debate, especially on the economy.

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Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/03/2008

 Well, make that one more big reason.  Basically the McCain campaign is saying that John McCain is too stupid, too lazy, or too brow beaten to argue his case — the conservative case — to the American people.

We’ve already been there, done that for 8 years.  We conservatives simply can’t take any more of this.  You’ve got to wonder if conservatives wouldn’t have been in a much better position right now politically if John Kerry had beaten Bush in 2004 or if Gore had beaten Bush in 2000.  Phony Republican “conservatives” haven’t been doing us much good over the last decade.  If we hadn’t been able to force Bush to select good Supreme Court nominees, a good part of last 8 years would have been a total waste.

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Posted by PrestoPundit on 09/26/2008

of the Presidential debate:

Senator Obama has the most liberal voting record in the United States Senate. It’s hard to reach across the aisle from that far to the left.

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Posted by PrestoPundit on 09/26/2008

8:00  Well, that’s enough for tonight.  Tomorrow we’ve got soccer.

7:57  Here’s the debate transcript — Obama without all the Nixon creepiness, McCain without the steely passion, conviction, and self-assurance.

7:55  Could you tell the house was full of kids while I live blogged this?  Chaos.

7:54  Michelle Malkin live blogged the debate here.  And Vodkapundit live blogged it here.

7:48  This is clever.  Obama’s spin team has a pre-packaged, pre-written talking point, criticizing McCain for “talking about the past” when talking of his association with Henry Kissinger,  a topic McCain got into when responding to a pre-scripted Obama attack point about McCain and his “advisor” Henry Kissinger.  I don’t think I’ve seen this before, a debate point constructed in order to get a candidate to talk in a way that sets up the launch of a post-debate attack.  Clever.

7:47  Wow.  McCain already has a post debate ad out — a good one.  Via Ace.

7:42  So what are other people saying?  “Obama comes across as bland and policy speak” — Nina Easton of Fortune on Fox.  Rick Brookshire:  “the debate seemed very generational. Obama sounded young and forceful,
McCain sounded old and forceful. If age entails experience and
knowledge, a point McCain tried to make, then he wins. I wonder how he
sounded to someone 35 and younger. I am 53, and I felt I was listening
to Ronald Reagan, or my father. Obama sounded a college professor — a TA.

7:37  I’m happy it’s over.  Lot’s there, but needed more jokes.  McCain’s relentless passion and seriousness has left me worn out.  McCain wins on intensity and stamina and mastery of every topic discussed.  Obama.  He bored me.  And when he didn’t bore me, he gave me that somewhat creepy Nixon feel.  Not a confidence builder for the American people.

7:36  Obama will extend the Great Society to all of the world.  Wow.

7:33  McNeil-Lehrer seems happy to let Obama filibuster, when he’s rambling, and doesn’t have much to say, and goes from topic to topic.  McNeil-Lehrer isn’t doing Obama any favors.

7:30   “This is the greatest country on earth, but .. “.  Any sentence that starts like that is a loser with the majority of Americans.  Obama, you’re a loser.

7:27  McNeil-Lehrer wasn’t such a typical representative of left / Democrat media think as he’s been in prior years.  And he’s mostly stayed in the background.  A good very professional job.  Not many folks like this left in journalism.

7:25  Off putting facial mugging by Obama.  If you’ve got something to say, say it.  Don’t mug.

7:24  The college sophomore is boring me again.  I’m trying to check out the live blogging by Vodka Pundit.

7:21  More idiot stammering from Obama.  Off putting.  Ah, ah, ah.  Ah.  Not a confidence builder.

7:19  McCain is coming across as a man who knows himself and knows the issues.  Obama, not so much.

7:18  Ann Althouse is also live blogging the debate.  My interest must be flagging.  Obama is boring me.

7:17  Is Obama winning this on radio?  Nixon did.

7:15  Obama’s giving me that Nixon vibe again.  It’s Nixon vs. Kennedy.

7:14  McNeil-Lehrer decides to get out of the way.  Good.

7:13  McCain senses the same thing I did, and makes a stab at a joke about the Obama seal.

7:10  McCain needs to tell a roundhouse joke, and put Obama away for the debate.  I can just imagine Reagan doing it right now, letting the audience express their sense that Obama really is a kind of a rookie fool, who’s just a bit in over his head.

7:08  I actually find McCain’s passionate contempt and disbelief at Obama’s ignorance and bad judgment to be deeply effective.  It makes you think there must really be something to it — that Obama’s bad judgment and ignorance really matters in deciding this election.

7:05  I’m judging this thing mostly on feel and style and debating effectiveness, the thing goes to fast to much engage the particulars of the substance.

7:02 The lefties must be very disappointed with Obama, he’s done little to say all the kinds of things that sets their hearts to going pitter-patter when it comes to the American military and America’s place in the world.

7:01  Obama fumbles talking about a mother and her dead son.  He seems to know he’s stumbling and not coming off well talking about such things on the same stage with McCain.

6:58  McCain tells the very effective story about his opposition to Reagan on the Marines in Lebanon.  McCain effectively goes through his record of courageous and seemingly sensible foreign policy stands on a series of tough calls.

6:57  McCain scores again, pointing out Obama’s ignorance about the history of the Pakistani state.

6:55  Obama lies about his position on invading Pakistan, comes up wish a really weak shot at McCain on singing about bomb, bomb Iran.  Where’s the ability to score with a joke, people?

6:54  McCain scores taking Obama to school on Afghanistan, saying the same strategy Obama rejects in Iraq will be required in Afghanistan — Obama’s plan of just more troops is a loser without an intelligent strategy.

6:52  Why does McCain always start so slow in these things?  It seems he needs to be provoked, and only then will he untie his hands, and engage.

6:51  Obama does a weak college sophomore move, weakly talking over McCain when McCain had the floor, and then giving up.  Not classy.

6:49  Yep, Obama is giving me that Nixon vibe.

6:47  Obama listening in the split screen while McCain speaks looks like Nixon in the debate with Kennedy — his head keeps wiping back and forth, and he doesn’t come across as assuring, genuine or trustworthy.

6:43  McCain is counter punching effectively.  He’s strongest when he’s energized and roused to punch hard.  McNeil-Lehrer let Obama go on and on and on — but cuts off McCain right in the middle of a dismantling of McCain, separates the two, and then lets Obama take shots at McCain.  The referee, well known to everyone, is leans left and leans Democrat — and the reffing here seems to reflect that.

6:41  The’re mixing it up on Iraq now.  Obama is giving a set speech, which weaves a set of effective talking points and sound bites.

6:37  McCain seems to think Federal spending is the crux of the problem with the economy, showing either weak economic understanding, or poor political judgment in his failure to take Obama and the Democrats down on the corrupt misregulation of the money and finance sectors.  At least McCain could do the very minimum and explain how spending connects up with the financial crisis.  A  disconnected mention of borrowing from China isn’t enough.

6:36  Obama scores by linking big themes to particular issues — “our values” with tax cuts and health care.  Wish McCain had the capacity for doing this.  Oh, we do miss Ronald Reagan.

6:35  More Obama stammering.  Not a confidence booster.

6:33  Where’s the funny?  McCain crushed Obama during the Rick Warren debate by scoring repeatedly with the audience when he made them laugh.  McCain needs to lighten up and ease the tension — we’re happy people out here John.  Make us laugh.

6:31  Obama tries to toss out a pre-scripted line about being “liberal” because he’s opposed Bush’s bad proposals.  The line went flat, and didn’t land.  A minor flub.

6:30  More annoying stammering from college sophomore Barack Obama.

6:29  McCain is convincing when he speaks of particular examples, such as cost-plus contracts, and he speaks with such passion and conviction it’s convincing.

6:27  We’ll the idea that this was a foreign policy debate clearly got thrown out the window by McNeil-Lehrer.

6:25  The more he confronts Obama, the better McCain does — and the worse Obama comes across.  When McCain asserts that Obama isn’t telling the truth, he’s believable — Obama comes off less convincing.

6:25  When he mixes it up with Obama, McCain comes across as a man with conviction, a genuine man who’s telling the truth.

6:23  What’s wrong with the sound?  Obama’s voice doesn’t match up with his image on the screen.  Awkward.

6:22  Obama sounds like he’s running for the college student body, with is stammering.

6:21  McCain is coming on with passion on earmarks — the passion and the conviction totally overwhelms Obama’s narrow points about the detail.

6:20  McCain gives a good explanation with a good example — Ireland and the economic advantages of low taxes in the global economy.

6:19 In the split screen, Obama looks like a school boy.  The more McCain punches directly and like an adult who belongs there, he kills.


sp; After apologizing, McCain punches back, gets his passion back  — he’s throwing roundhouses here, and scoring big points.

6:17  Right now I’d score this in Obama’s favor.

6:16  McCain left the barn door open, and Obama just drove through it, pointing out the insignificant role of earmarks in the disaster which is the Federal budget.

6:15  McCain is rambling and unfocused.  He’s got the Fannie Mae corruption issue right there in his lap, and he’s failing to pick it up.  Instead he goes to the large theme issue of overspending and earmarks — but fails to tell anyone how this links up with the economic crisis.

6:13 McCain is really letting me down.  He just had a great opening to directly tag Obama on the mortgage crisis, and he dropped the ball.

6:11 McCain is right about responsibility, but he is incapable of driving home specifics that give us confidence that he knows what needs to be done — or knows how to take advantage of an issue overwhelmingly favorable to the Republicans.

6:10  BS alert — Obama blames everything on the American system of free enterprise — and those who advocate it.

6:08  McCain fails to give us any principles underlying his approach to the socialization of the housing mortgage industry.

6:07  McCain seems nervous and not well prepared.

6:05  BS alert — Obama blames everything on Bush and McCain.

6:04 Not much of a debate yet — Obama is giving us a rehearsed speech.

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Posted by PrestoPundit on 09/19/2008


There are certainly plenty of places to point fingers, and it may be hard to pinpoint the original event that set it all in motion. But let me give you an educated guess. The financial crisis we’re living through today started with the corruption and manipulation of our home mortgage system. At the center of the problem were the lobbyists, politicians, and bureaucrats who succeeded in persuading Congress and the administration to ignore the festering problems at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

These quasi-public corporations lead our housing system down a path where quick profit was placed before sound finance. They institutionalized a system that rewarded forcing mortgages on people who couldn’t afford them, while turning around and selling those bad mortgages to the banks that are now going bankrupt. Using money and influence, they prevented reforms that would have curbed their power and limited their ability to damage our economy. And now, as ever, the American taxpayers are left to pay the price for Washington’s failure.

Two years ago, I called for reform of this corruption at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Congress did nothing. The Administration did nothing. Senator Obama did nothing, and actually profited from this system of abuse and scandal. While Fannie and Freddie were working to keep Congress away from their house of cards, Senator Obama was taking their money. He got more, in fact, than any other member of Congress, except for the Democratic chairmen of the committee that oversees them. And while Fannie Mae was betraying the public trust, somehow its former CEO had managed to gain my opponent’s trust to the point that Senator Obama actually put him in charge of his vice presidential search.

This CEO, Mr. Johnson, walked off with tens of millions of dollars in salary and bonuses for services rendered to Fannie Mae, even after authorities discovered accounting improprieties that padded his compensation. Another CEO for Fannie Mae, Mr. Raines, has been advising Senator Obama on housing policy. This even after Fannie Mae was found to have committed quote “extensive financial fraud” under his leadership. Like Mr. Johnson, Mr. Raines walked away with tens of millions of dollars.

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