Posted by Curt on 15 October, 2008 at 7:11 pm. 18 comments already!

Early reactions to the debate while its still going on… hour in:

Kathryn Jean Lopez:

“First time I’ve seen Obama blushing and looking frustrated in a debate. McCain is getting under his skin.”

Kathryn Jean Lopez:

All of McCain’s Ads Have Been Negative?

This and this and this and this?

Kathryn Jean Lopez:

We shouldn’t cast one another as bad people? You’re sitting across from someone who has declared you’re an honorable man ON THE CAMPAIGN trail. And told us to be not afraid of you. Cut it out.

Mark R. Levin

I am impressed with McCain tonight. Obama is off his game, as they say.

Mark R. Levin

McCain came ready tonight, he has Obama resorting to his stump speech answers and a bit unnerved, IMHO. And for the most part, he is not letting Obama get away with his endless dissembling.

Michelle Malkin:

McCain ate his Wheaties. He mentions old, washed-up terrorist Ayers and Acorn – destroying the fabric of our nation.

Obama gives his talking points about Ayers (I was eight years old) and ACORN (I represented them in a lawsuit with the Justice Department).

McCain better set the record straight.

McCain says he launched his political campaign in Ayers’ living room. Mentions Ayers’ 2001 regret that he hadn’t bombed more.

Well, was that enough, folks? What do you think?

I think it’s the best we can expect McCain to have done.

Video of the SCOTUS question and Roe v. Wade:

Video ends before McCain hammers Obama on his infanticide support.


“That’s his record. He voted in direct contradiction to the feelings of mainstream America.”

Michelle Malkin

McCain rejoinder to Obama — nails him on disingenuous “health of the mother” language/loopholes. Mentions that he and Cindy are adoptive parents, but that doesn’t mean we won’t continue to stand for the rights of the unborn.

Very eloquent. Good job, McCain. (See, who says I can’t say nice things about Mac?)

Erik Erickson:

Tonight in the debate, Obama said, “The only involvement I’ve had with ACORN is, I represented them alongside the US justice department in making Illinois implement a motor voter law that helped people get registered at DMVs.”

That is a flat out lie.

As Katrina Vanden Heuvel, not exactly right-of-center, wrote in the far left Nation on February 23, 2008, “[A]CORN’s political action committee endorsed Barack Obama for President. … The endorsement reflects a belief that Obama – who worked as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago – understands that change must come from the ground-up, as part of a working coalition, rather than from position papers.”

Likewise,the Pittsburgh Tribune Review noted on August 22, 2008, that Obama’s campaign did, in fact, pay ACORN more than $800,000.00 for get out the vote efforts. Those get out the vote efforts have apparently included massive voter fraud in fifteen states.

Likewise, the Chicago Reader way back in 1995 reported,

In 1992 Obama took time off to direct Project Vote, the most successful grass-roots voter-registration campaign in recent city history. Credited with helping elect Carol Moseley-Braun to the U.S. Senate, the registration drive, aimed primarily at African-Americans, added an estimated 125,000 voters to the voter rolls–even more than were registered during Harold Washington’s mayoral campaigns. ‘It’s a power thing,’ said the brochures and radio commercials. … Obama continues his organizing work largely through classes for future leaders identified by ACORN and the Centers for New Horizons on the south side.

Obama flat out lied. Will the media correct him on this?

Video of McCain calling out Obama for saying it’s only McCain fans who are the racists and thugs:

Confederate Yankee:

Tonight’s Debate In Two Sentences

Senator Government: Spend, spend, spend.

Senator Blinky: You can’t spend your way into prosperity.

Hugh Hewitt:

McCain scored big with the Joe the plumber exchanges, and with the campaign tactics exchange. Obama looked angry and stumbled repeatedly as he tried to cope with what he really told Joe the plumber –guaranteeing the replay of the clip again and again and underscoring Senator Obama’s flexibility when it comes to facts– and with what John Lewis said. Obama’s answer on ACORN was a jaw dropper and opens the door to the MSM, as does the Ayers exchange. McCain drove this home without going overboard. Repeatedly returning to Joe the Plumber was key for McCain, and by the last half hour Obama was petulantly telling Joe what the “right thing to do by his employees” was. John McCain then spoke directly to Joe and put a bright line around Obama’s “spread the wealth” line, and the “fundamental difference” between the campaigns. When Senator McCain slipped and called Senator Obama “Senator Government,” he scored when he didn’t even intend to. That’s the sort of thing that marks a great debate for McCain, when even his verbal flub advances the key message.

McCain accomplished more in just the first half of the debate than he did in the first two debates total, and the second half was just as good for him.

Brutally Honest:

He didn’t hit hard enough.

He didn’t get in his face enough.

He promised to take it to Obama and did but not often enough.

He was ok… he was good in spots… but a couple of singles here and a double there is well short of the mult-homer ballgame he needed.

Doug Forrester:

McCain lost his stumbling inability to talk about the economy and middle class issues.

McCain lost his lethargic attitude and got some energy.

McCain lost his “earmarks” rhetoric and gained some small-government rhetoric.




CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin brushed aside the issues of Barack Obama’s affiliation with left-wing terrorist William Ayers and the liberal group ACORN during a roundtable discussion on Wednesday’s Situation Room program: “Who cares about ACORN? Who cares about Bill Ayers? I mean, I just don’t get this. What is the point of raising that?” When CNN senior political analyst Gloria Borger countered by trying to show the relevance of these affiliations, that “he has given lots of different stories on Ayers, and that his affiliation with ACORN, as a group that they think now has been discredited,” Toobin went further: “But he doesn’t have an affiliation with ACORN.” When both Borger and host Wolf Blitzer both affirmed that he did have ties to the organization, Toobin backtracked: “…I stand corrected on that, but I just don’t see why that is going to move voters?”


MY FINAL TAKE: This was a lot better than the Brokaw debate. McCain seemed more improved than Obama over last time, but scored no knockout punches. This time McCain looked like he was having a better time; Obama’s smirking was unattractive, but his closing statement was strong.

As I said before, the big winner was Joe the Plumber.

Michelle Malkin

No, there weren’t any knockout punches.

But John McCain was still standing at the end of the night — doubts about his fortitude adequately quelled — and Barack Obama ought to be wiping the smirk he borrowed from Joe Biden off his face.


Again, on points, and on the subjects actually discussed, McCain won.

As he did the other two debates.

But he did not address Issue Number One — the subprime crisis, his attempt to stop it, and Obama’s refusal to do anything.

So he lost — again.

He can win on all the topics being discussed but if he cannot address the “Dark Star” in whose gravity-well the entire campaign spirals in, he loses.

He lost.

It was his choice.


Yay! After sleeping through the first two debates, Sen. McCain seems to actually care about this race again. But that’s to be expected; McCain only comes alive when he’s ten points down. How the man managed to win so many races for statewide office throughout his career will remain a mystery, at least to me.

Whatever the case, the bottom line is that McCain needed a total knock out in order to change the dynamics of the race, which means that tonight’s performance was probably too little too late. But I do think that McCain showed us what could’ve been if he had run a sane campaign upon clinching the nomination in February of this year.

McCain did something interesting tonight. He convincingly connected our government’s fiscal madness with our country’s economic problems. Because neither Barack Obama nor anyone else can claim to be a better spending hawk than John McCain, the Arizonan actually started to win over Ohio undecideds when he passionately talked about the need to do something about our massive government outlays that threaten to bankrupt the country. This is exactly the tack that Ross Perot took in 1992 when he was leading both Bush 41 AND Bill Clinton in the summer of that year.

But McCain wasn’t able to close the deal on the economy with voters because he just didn’t know how to connect all the dots.

Gateway Pundit

It was great to see McCain defend Sarah Palin who has endured horrible sexist attacks by the angry Left.

UNREAL!!! Bob Schieiffer asks Obama, the trainer for ACORN, if Governor Sarah Palin is qualified!

Obama wants union agreements part of free trade agreements– which would not make them free trade agreements.

Good God. Obama just smeared our greatest ally in South America– Says he wants to hold Colombia accountable for violence against unionists.
The truth is– they have.

It’s very disappointing that the media will give Obama a pass on this at the expense of the Colombian people.

Obama just lied about his votes on infanticide.
Gianna Jessen knows the truth.
Born Alive Truth has more on Obama’s sick infanticide votes.

No crushing blows but a good showing by McCain.

McCain/Palin Communications Director – Jill Hazelbaker

ARLINGTON, VA — McCain-Palin 2008 Communications Director Jill Hazelbaker issued the following statement on tonight’s Presidential Debate:

“John McCain won tonight’s debate with strong, clear straight talk about setting a new direction for our country and fighting for working families. He outlined a specific, bold plan for creating jobs, helping those near retirement, keeping people in their homes, curbing spending, lowering health care costs and achieving energy independence. He vowed to fight for ‘Joe the Plumber’ every day he is President and he affirmed his belief that we shouldn’t raise taxes just to ‘spread the wealth.’ While Barack Obama is measuring the drapes and campaigning against a man not even on the ballot, John McCain demonstrated that he has the experience, judgment, independence and courage to fight for every American.”

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