An hour & a half away. This has been quite the day. Amy, GJ and I are certainly ready for a diversion.
A brief plug for the Obama muppet that I snagged from the web. This guy Dan Lacey has all sorts of interesting portraits on his blog. As for Grandpa Simpson, Matt Groening doesn't need any more money. I can snag that with a good conscience.
What a day. Minor surgery for our son this morning in a "sensitive area" that was supposed to have a recovery so quick that he would be rough & tumble playing by the afternoon. After 2 hours of him screaming in pain because he doesn't want to go to the bathroom, two parents and a grandmother have some shot nerves. We are hoping that some Tylenol kicks in to help the little guy out tonight.
On a related note, tonight's live blog is sponsored by....
Here's Schieffer....here we go. Roundtable format tonight...
In a flip on the red state/blue state dynamic, Obama shows up with a red tie; McCain in blue.
How to save the economy?
McCain: Stop home foreclosures. Obama: Middle class tax cuts.
"The Battle for Joe the Plumber"
McCain: Ohio plumbers support me. Obama's tax rates would be higher than McCain's.
Obama: Tax cut for 95% of working Americans making less than $250,000/year. 3x tax relief for middle class families.
Will be interesting to see the fact checkers on this one.
McCain & Obama are battling for the votes from this treasured demographic.
Who is it again that has been in power for the past eight years that racked up these huge budget deficits that McCain wants to take a "hatchet" to?
Schieffer with a pointed question to both: Are you willing to say to each other's face what you say in your ads?
Mr. Erratic: Obama wouldn't agree to my format so I got nasty. Hits Obama on the John Lewis statement.
Mr. Pals Around With Terrorists: Americans aren't concerned with our hurt feelings.
McCain looks like his head is about to blow off.
Obama trying to take the high road with this negative ad question. McCain absolutely looks like he wants to rip Obama's limbs off.
McCain brings up ACORN and "that washed-up old terrorist" Bill Ayers in 10 seconds....
Obama diffuses it well (yes, this is from an Obama supporter): Ayers is not involved with my campaign and will not have a role in my administration. ACORN had people paid to register voters fill out bogus forms -- they are not associated with my campaign.
Running mate question...oh joy.
Somehow painting a person with a 32% favorability rating and the worst interview in modern history with a major media figure in a non-threatening environment is a stretch, to put it lightly.
Schieffer: Is she qualified to be President?
McCain: Biden is qualified but he has been wrong on major issues.
I am a diehard Obama supporter. I have thoroughly enjoyed his books. I am drinking the Kool-Aid. Yes, I am biased.
Ok, now that that's out of the way. John McCain is done. Stick a fork in him. He is coming across in this debate and in this campaign as a cranky, out-of-touch, frustrated old man who has sold his patriotic soul to the hitmen of the Republican machine all for a chance at the White House. He is striking out. The polls show it. This debate shows it.
GJ & Amy just brought up the great point that Schieffer has asked the best, most direct & pointed questions of any moderator in the 4 debates (including veep).
Abortion: Would you support a Supreme Court justice that opposes your view of Roe v. Wade?
McCain: No litmus test. Tries to beat up Obama for not joining the Gang of 14.
Obama: Roe v. Wade was rightly decided.
There was no knockout punch on either side tonight. McCain was certainly more aggressive than in the past. Personally I don't think McCain's challenges affected those in the middle/undecided (who in the world are these people anyway?). McCain's body language was very agitated. Like him or not Obama still comes off as cool, calm, & collected.
MSNBC watchers: Obama won 3 to 1.
Fox fans: McCain won 4 to 1....and Obama pals around with terrorists.
Probably just depends on which one of these guys you relate to in the first place.