Posts Tagged ‘Debate’

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I took on Unions!!!!

October 16, 2008

Did anyone else catch Obama’s answer to McCains question whether he had ever taken on the Leadership of his own party; something McCain has done a number of times. 

Obama spouted out a load of dung about how he had made decisions which pissed of the Teacher’s Union and other organizations.  Wowee, you pissed of the union.  Either you don’t understand how to answer a question or you are inferring unions are the leaders of the Democratic party.  I would say the latter is true.

Mr. Obama, can you please learn how to answer a questizzle?

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For the First Time, It Appears that McCain Wants to Win this Election

October 16, 2008

Let’s face facts, the last two debates have been horrible. In a chat during debate #2, the chatters spent more time complaining about McCain’s content and performance than complaining about Obama.  Last night was different.  With expectations low and a depressed base, McCain came out swinging discussing Reaganomics and federalism, the two cornerstones of pre-W. conservatism.  Chalk this one up as a win for Senator McCain over Senator Government.

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Defending J-Mac’s Socialism (350 billion dollar mortgage buyout)

October 8, 2008

Last night, I was in a blogger chat with other folks and when I heard that J-Mac proposed 350 billion in additional funds for a bailout, I,  like many of our brethern lost my head and called him a socialist.  Anyway, as Hannity says, “let not your heart be troubled”:

Marc Ambinder in the Atlantic notes how the 300 billion or so is already incorporated into the bill that was passed last week. J-Mac is not asking for additional funds:

On a conference call with reporters, McCain policy chief Douglas Holtz-Eakin spelled out how McCain would pay for his plan for the government to buy troubled mortgages and replace when with more favorable fixed-rate mortgages at minimal direct cost to the homeowners. The government could use some of the $700 billion authorized for the bailout and tap other accounts, although the campaign estimates that, owing to negative equity — the government can’t magically turn bad mortgages into good ones without taking a hit — would be $300 billion.  The McCain team hopes that by buying mortgages directly, the government wouldn’t have to buy as many distressed assets from big banks, thus reducing the net cost. McCain claims this idea as his own, although the bailout/rescue bill already gives the government the authority to deal directly with homeowners, and Obama has suggested that the government do the same — although McCain’s certainly being more aggressive here.

Second, let’s look at the Hope for Homegrowers plan in crap sandwich 2.0:

HOPE for Homeowners (H4H) is a program designed to assist borrowers at risk of default or foreclosure in refinancing to an affordable 30-year fixed rate FHA loan. The program is effective October 1, 2008 and will conclude on September 30, 2011. …

The loan amount may not exceed a nationwide maximum of $550,440.

The new mortgage will be no more than 90% of the new appraised value including any financed UFMIP with the lender essentially writing down the current mortgage to that amount.

Upfront MIP is 3% and the monthly MIP is 1.5%

The holders of existing mortgage liens must waive all prepayment penalties and late payment fees.

The existing first mortgage must accept the proceeds of the H4H loan as full settlement of all outstanding indebtedness.

Existing subordinate lenders must release their outstanding mortgage liens.

So, the mechanism for what John McCain said last night exists. It is still wrong that we are buying out bad mortgages, but at least he isn’t adding to it

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Debate Cheat Sheet

October 8, 2008

Ace put up a cheat sheet on his site. You don’t get to hear the delightful way that Obama says Pockystan, but it is hilarious in its own right.

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MSNBC on McCain

October 8, 2008

Matthews:

“Barack Obama is gifted in birth by a wonderful smile…
John McCain, when he smiles, has a somewhat menacing quality. It may not be purposeful, but when he smiles, you wonder what he’s really thinking.
Barack Obama, for whatever reason, comes off as debonaire, even under attack.”

Olbermann

 “McCain, and I’m trying to say this as nicely as possible, didn’t look like a well man wandering around on that stage tonight.”

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Krauthammer: Nationalization of Mortgages

October 8, 2008

The “hammer” says McCain won domestic and lost foreign. Hammer notes that on foreign affairs, McCain said Somalia, Bosnia and Gulf, but ignored Iraq.

Hammer says two generations will pay for bad mortgages.

McCain wins on points, but Obama passed

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“That One” and that’s all – Yossarian’s debate analysis

October 8, 2008

nothing new. McCain won only because he didn’t “uh, uh, uh, uh” the way Obama did.
Obama wishes that we intervened in the Holocaust? What the F?
Obama says Pocketstan funny and Tolleyban funny.
Obama sees raising taxes as a sepnding cut.

What don’t you know and how will you learn it?
McCain should have said – the nature of the relationship between Obama and Ayers. Instead we had no Ayers at all.

Other reactions – Ed Morrisey found that J-Mac one as we did.

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Questions I would like to see tonight

October 7, 2008

“Mr. Obama, please comment on the following quote from the philosopher Spinoza, ‘there can be no hope without fear.’ As you are running a campaign of hopemongering, would you consider yourself a fearmongerer.”

“Mr. McCain, please read these four pages aloud from David Foster Wallace’s Up, Simba, where the recently deceased journalist who rode the straight talk express in 2000 details your excruciating time at the Hanoi Hilton. As a follow up, tell us what a great guy he was.”

“Mr. Obama, the US has not been attacked since Sept 11, 2001 and the Democrats did not come to power in Congress till January 2007. Please detail each and every element of the Bush and Republican Congress agenda that kept us safe.”

“Mr. McCain, you are better than Huckabee.”

“Mr. Obama, it is noted that in countries with the highest marginal tax rates, unemployment numbers are extremely high as well. How do you intend to soak the producers of the world and at the same time make sure the little guy doesn’t get hurt.”

“Mr. McCain, what is your favourite type of beer?”

“Last question, Mr. Obama, if you win this year, you will have kept two women from reaching the White House in one year. Do you feel good about yourself, sexist?”

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Numbnuts: She’s Back

October 3, 2008

The weenie writes in the NYPost

Palin had suffered through a series of nightly interview bits with CBS anchor Katie Couric that seemed to last a month, with the Alaska governor shedding credibility by the minute. But last night, they instantly became a distant memory.

Palin held her own against Joe Biden, and flashed the poise and charm that made her such a star at the Republican convention.

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She talked about regular middle-class people with the credibility of having lived that life every day, even for a time lacking health insurance. Or, as she put it at the end, she and John McCain will “fight for the middle-class, average family – like mine.”

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Last night, Palin plainly had two ingredients that were missing from her network TV interviews, and they made all the difference:

* She was more familiar with the substance. If she’d been as well-briefed and comfortable with the material before those interviews, the McCain campaign could have spared itself weeks of bad publicity.

* She’d learned to sidestep questions she found awkward and steer the discussion onto better ground for her (usually energy policy).

Put those together with her off-the-charts likeability, and you could see why she was a political force that so confounded the opposition in Alaska.

I wouldn’t normally post something from numbnuts, but he makes a good point. Even a bad batter with a .197 batting average hits the ball 1 out of 5 times.

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More Pre-game Armchair Quarterbacking

October 2, 2008

This time from Jennifer Rubin of Pajamas via RCP:

First, she needs to take it to her opponent on what is supposed to be Joe Biden’s greatest strength: foreign policy. She’s no Henry Kissinger but she can remind viewers that Biden championed the unworkable Iraq partition idea and opposed the surge. But it is in Biden’s criticism of Barack Obama that she might really score points. Biden after all inveighed against Obama’s vote to cut off funding for the troops in Iraq and was critical of his promise to meet unconditionally with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Between Biden and Obama they have supported just about every bad national security idea (e.g., opposition to Kyl-Lieberman, endless talks with Iran, opposition to FISA) in the last eight years. Palin can make that point.

Second, she should use Biden’s “higher taxes are patriotic” to do what McCain didn’t do enough of in his own debate: hone in on the dangers of a tax increase during a recession and suggest that if Obama is really bent on all that domestic spending many more people than the “rich” will get a tax hike. Why, with the Fed and Treasury madly trying to pump liquidity into the private sector, would Obama suck it back out with a tax hike? It’s illogical and bad economics.

Third, she needs to pin the “insider” label back on the Obama-Biden ticket. There are plenty of earmarks to point to — both by Biden and by Obama (nearly a billion in just the few years he has been there). But the real looming issue is why neither of them set about blowing the whistle on the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae fiasco in the making. It was the Obama-Biden duo and their Democratic allies who took gobs of money from Freddie and Fannie and then blocked any meaningful reform. If all else fails, Palin should give viewers directions to view this film detailing the willful indifference, and indeed obstructionism, of the Democrats. Or she can quote Bill Clinton for the proposition that the Democrats have a lot to answer for. In short, she needs to use the platform of the debate to tie the Obama-Biden ticket to their Congressional colleagues and, in turn, to the debacle of Congressional mismanagement and malfeasance.

Fourth, she can talk with authority on energy policy. Why do the Democrats oppose domestic drilling and why aren’t we developing resources at home rather than importing oil, which for the foreseeable future will be a vital part of our energy supply? And yes, it is probably a good idea to bring up that clean coal gaffe.

And, finally, on a stylistic level Palin needs to get into the weeds and show some familiarity, not just with catchphrases, but with the particulars of McCain’s own program. As for her lack of foreign policy experience, she should be frank: all she has to offer is judgment, belief in a foreign policy based on the principles enunciated by Ronald Reagan, and a determination to take whatever measures are needed to prevail in the war on terror. (She might even use her newness to the national scene to her advantage: “I’m new at this Joe but I fail to see why Osama bin Laden should be given habeas corpus rights when not even the Nazis at Nuremberg got those protections.”)