Town Hall Presidential Debate Wrapup

by Sal on October 8, 2008

in Election 2008,Politics

I’ve been thinking about much of what happened last night, and the state of the election, as well as reading others reactions.  Some random thoughts of mine, or other points of interest that I have read since the debate. 

  • This was by far one of the most boring, pointless debates I have watched.  The town hall format was terrible, and the questions just a rehash of Debate #1.  The point of the Town Hall format is to avoid the filtering of the media and allow normal Americans to ask the questions.  In the past, the moderator has not known the questions in advance, and it has gotten us some great questions on abortion, immigration, and other issues that do not normally get asked by the Drive-by Media. 
  • The problem with this election, as I’ve said previously, is that McCain is running as a moderate, albeit a center-right moderate, and Obama debates as a center-left candidate.  Obama talks conservative on many issues, and did again last night, while McCain only once made the connection that Government is not the solution to all of our problems. 
  • For all his good talk on cutting spending, McCain then goes on to propose $300 billion to help people who took out mortgages they can’t pay back by having the government buy out their mortgages and renegotiate the terms.  So much for home values for everyone else.  This is what infuriates Conservatives about McCain. 
  • The consensus around the blogosphere during the debate was that it would be more interesting to re-watch the Sarah Palin / Joe Biden debate from last Friday than to continue watching the town hall.  Much more interesting than that, however, would have been an Obama-Palin debate.  I would love to see her take him down!
  • I suspect that post-debate snap polls are a load of crap.  I don’t have any empirical evidence to back this up, although I think it would be worth analyzing the methodology. 
  • Hotair and others have suggested that McCain won on points.  I tend to agree because McCain wipes the floor with Obama whenever foreign policy comes up.  The problem is that both in the first debate and this one, foreign policy came up at the end of the debate, when most people have stopped watching. 
  • How much do these debates really matter anyways? 
  • After the debate, an ad ran featuring former Sen. George McGovern, who attacked a policy that Obama supports.  The policy takes away the privacy in union leadership votes among union members.  You know that the world has turned upside-down when George McGovern is to the right of Barack Obama on an issue.  
  • There’s a school of thought that the town hall debate format was not conducive to McCain going aggressive on Obama.  I’m not sure I disagree.  There is still one more debate. 
  • The country as a whole is not served by the current debate formats.  As Mark Steyn notes at the Corner:

The Campaign for Real Debates.  That’s a lobby group I can get behind. Mark Levin’s point that McCain “doesn’t flat-out lie the way Obama does” is a way of acknowledging that the stilted artificial formats of these debates principally benefits the Democrat. Most electoralseasons the Democrat candidate has to pass himself off as something other than what his record would suggest — tough on foreign policy issues, deeply personally passionately personally anguished on abortion, etc. These stilted non-debates assist the Dem in getting away with it. Mixing it up, direct challenges between candidates, etc would not only make for better viewing but diminish this season’s Democratic northern liberal from passing himself off as a moderate centrist champing at the bit to “kill” bin Laden and “destroy” al-Qaeda.

  • I’m not ready to give up.  The impact of the recent attacks by Sarah Palin and McCain over Ayers and the Economic Crisis are still not known.  If they keep pounding that drumbeat, we can still win. 

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

LJ October 8, 2008 at 7:45 pm

“The impact of the recent attacks by Sarah Palin and McCain over Ayers and the Economic Crisis are still not known. If they keep pounding that drumbeat, we can still win. ”

As close to a concession your party’s platform is defunct as we’re likely to hear from the right-wing. The only hope is to slander Obama? How pitiful.


Sal October 16, 2008 at 7:22 am

It is not a slander when you tell the truth about a situation. The economic crisis was caused by the Democrats and their insistance that banks give loans to people who could not afford them. This threw the free market all out of whack. The people of the United States deserve to know that.


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