He Who Wore The Flag Pin Won

I was going to title my debate reaction post “Storm” as in “the calm before the…”, but it’s been 15 hours, and I’m more mellow now.

I think Obama did well. Very well. I would have liked to have seen him nail McCain on a few more specifics (such as McCain’s having voted against the veterans he swears he’ll help and the fact that McCain’s $5000 tax credit for family health insurance won’t buy diddly-squat in the individual market when family premiums are now up to more than $12,500). But all in all, I was pleased.

I’m clearly biased, but I thought McCain came across as cranky and surly, and I couldn’t help but think, “Ok, Grandpa, enough with the stories of the olden days.” I don’t think the references to the past did him any favors. All it did was remind me of his age over and over again.

And he can’t really play the experience card now that he’s got Palin on the ticket.

Speaking of my favorite joke of a VP candidate, rumor online is that McCain’s camp is freaking out about Palin and the VP debate Thursday:

McCain Camp insiders say Palin “clueless”

Capitol Hill sources are telling me that senior McCain people
are more than concerned about Palin.

The campaign has held a mock debate and a mock press conference; both are being described as “disastrous.” One senior McCain aide was quoted as saying, “What are we going to do?” The McCain people want to move this first debate to some later, undetermined date, possibly never. People on the inside are saying the Alaska Governor is “clueless.”

October 2nd also happens to be my birthday.

How awesome a birthday present is that night going to be?

image AP photo

3 thoughts on “He Who Wore The Flag Pin Won”

  1. Like most of us I’m hoping for a total trainwreck this coming Thursday, but might this be a setup? When she does debate and demonstrate a modicum of intelligence and is not the drooling monkey she appears to be, then the McCain camp wins the expectations game. I would just wonder why someone in the camp would leak this. No, they do not have the steel trap message discipline of the Bushies, but for someone to leak something so damaging; call me skeptical.

  2. I hear ya. That’s entirely possible.

    However, you can’t fake the level of Palineptitude that turned up this past week. The Couric interview was abysmal.

    So taking into account the McCain camp has got to turn that wreck into a debate performance worthy of VP of the USA by Thursday, I’m confident it will be close to the mess we’re anticipating.

    Biden’s actually got a tough task though. He’s got to stay sharp and focused in the midst of chaos.

    I’m only slightly embarrassed to admit I’m giddy with anticipation.

  3. You don’t think “something will come up” in Palin’s personal life that will force her to step down from the ticket before, say, Thursday night? McCain’s campaign has been a series of Hail Marys. Taking her off the ticket really wouldn’t be so out in left field. I’m thinking that she’s either off the ticket or somehow she gets out of the debate (food poisoning maybe?).

    I do think she’s that inept. I don’t think they’re pulling a fast one here. There’s no way they can let her debate Biden. (Although I hope I’m wrong. I want to see it too, and I want all of my “friends” who have been condescending to me about how incredible Palin is, and that I must just not get it, to eat their words.)

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