October 16, 2008
Joe the what?
Where and when did we lose "Joe Six-Pack"? Of all the consultant-driven ideas, this was the whopper. McCain, stung by Obama's assertion that in debates one and two he never mentioned the middle-class, reached for the plunger last night and it didn't work. No one could follow the bouncing ball over middle-class Joe from Ohio's insurance needs. And poor "John the politician" couldn't figure out why he introduced us to his plumber, and proved with his nutty ending, "You are wealthy Joe!" Good Lord, on a day when our pensions all but disappeared with a 733 drop in the Dow, and John the pol and Cindy are trying to identify with Joe...Yikes!
Who won? Silly question. John the tightly-wound politician looked like he might blow at any moment. He went into the debate with more advice than prep time or ideas and emerged as a guy you almost feel sorry for. His performance was a flop. The talking heads did their best immediately after the debate ended to assure us that "this was John's best debate," but they looked crestfallen when the CNN poll results were announced and Obama was the clear "winner."
Obama went in with an almost unbelievable lead and McCain was told he had to "kick his rear-end" as reported in the media, to get back in the game. Bottom of the ninth, two out, behind 8-1, and someone yells, "We are gonna kick your butts." Yah, sure, Ole. (The crowd left Camp Randall early when Penn State had cinched the deal. McCain knows how the Badgers felt.)
The word is that the Republican National Committee is pulling TV spots in Wisconsin to fight for the "red states" of North Carolina, Indiana, and...well just about all of them outside the solid South.
Worst moment of the debate? John the politician condemning John Lewis. John, you know what Palin was saying and doing. It was dangerous and should not be tolerated. Lewis doesn't need a lecture from you.
It ain't over, but you can bet McCain won't be asking for more debates.
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The last debate showed us two people: an old, fatherly, cantankerous sort unwilling to let go or knowing when to quit and a younger fellow with ideas to implement and places to go.
The generation gap was more than obvious between McCain and Obama.
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Stoughton, WI | October 16, 2008