Archive for October, 2008

Livebloggin’ 4: Out of names

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

8:46, Biden, Pakistan/Iran: I always wonder whether Americans know enough about Pakistan to care about it.

8:47, Palin, Pakistan/Iran: God, this pandering to Israel. The worst thing is I think it works…”The Castro Brothers” David Rheinstrom couldn’t help but crack a joke at that. Made the media laugh. She’s doing better than people thought she would in this section.

8:48, Palin, engagement: She had a “good talk” with Kissinger, this is boilerplate, let’s see if Biden can nail it.

8:50, Biden, engagement: OHMIGOD, NOBODY CARES WHO REALLY RUNS IRAN, NOBODY KNOWS ENOUGH, STFU…He could really do better on this one, nice with the allies “talk talk talk”, Spain crack made the international press laugh, he really needs to point out how insane McCain’s stance is.

8:51, Palin, Israel: Let the sloppy blowjob commence! She’s all over the place with this answer. Does she even know what the two-state solution is? Couric, quo vadis?

8:53, Biden, Israel: Nice to actually answer the question, Joe. Sigh…one day we will have a sane conversation about Israel. Not today. At no point is America’s right to meddle in the affairs of other countries ever questioned in these debates. It’s our sandbox. Always. Ooh, that was some nuance with insisting on letting Israel run its own shit.

8:54, Palin, Israel: “We both love Israel!” Threesome time…this administration screws up, everyone screws up! Not gonna fly, sister, no way, no how.

8:55, Biden, Israel: Jam this in, how are they different, keep it up. The McCain Campaign has given me ten sets of talking points over the course of this debate, no lie.

8:56, Palin, nukes: She sounds to me like she doesn’t know what she’s talking about, but does she sound that way to America?…”Surge principles?” Sorry, but wtf are those?…”A true comment hurts our cause”, freudian slip, huh.

8:58, Biden, Afghanistan/nukes: Don’t play this “listen to the generals” game, Dems won’t win those…the nuclear system is broken, so I think Biden is wrong on this in principle. Also, you can’t stick McCain for being anti-proliferation.

Livebloggin’ 3: Palin in Africa

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

8:30, Palin, Climate Change: How can you not argue about the causes and argue only about the solutions? “Give those fuckers sandbags”? If you’re getting slowly stabbed to death, do you say, “hey, let’s not argue about the causes?”

8:32, Biden, Climate Change: Biden is a really tuned-in debater, check out that nice little “difference” move…way to make McCain look dumb, say drill, drill, drill with such disdain.

8:34, Palin, Climate change: Environmentally friendly drilling, yeah? Also, thanks, cheerleader mom, for making sure we get the cheer right. She’s doing ok here though, bamboozling sufficiently.

8:35, Biden, Climate change: Sure he’s lying about this clean coal stuff, sure the people at home are sure too. “Twenty times against alternative energy?” Eh, weak.

8:36, Biden, gay marriage: Stumbled a bit by telling independent bigots that he’ll let gays kiss up on each other, but got to the hospital stuff, which is the meat of the issue.

8:37, Palin, gay marriage: She’s home here, very comfortable, answer is really well shaped. Should reassure some socially liberal independents, but I wonder if people even care about this stuff (besides the christ kooks), when the economy is in the shitter.

8:39, Biden, gay marriage: No nuance, so no, and then nuance nuance nuance. Niiice.

8:39, Palin, Iraq: She’s got this beauty queen bearing, looking straight at the camera that just comes off as weird. Nice on using Biden’s own words. Ex-DJ Claire: “When Joe Biden smiles, I feel unsafe.”

8:41, Biden, Iraq: “With all due respect, I didn’t hear a plan” and just a bit of bite? Too much bite? The media shall decide. Either a good line or Biden’s a meanie poopoo head…”We will end this war. For John McCain, there is no end to this war?” Nice, that’ll echo.

8:42, Palin, Iraq: Clearly thrown off guard, “white flag of surrender”?, Biden’s gotta answer back…this attack on Biden personally draws blood…wow, pitbull time.

8:44, Biden, Iraq: See what I mean, senate record cancels out senate record. Overall weak reply, the same talking points.

Livebloggin’ Part 2, Electric Boogaloo

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

8:16: The McCain camp just gave me talking points. Lolz.

8:16, Palin, Taxes?/Healthcare: Conservatism is patriotic…she memorized this, I bet…Gotta say, tapping into the anti-government stuff in the air, good tactics. I don’t want Paulson doing my co-pay.

8:19, Biden, Healthcare: The man can freakin speak, the Scranton stuff doesn’t sound put on like when Kerry did it…OMG GAFFE! GAFFE! DID EVERYONE SEE THE GAFFE!…oh damn, that joke was slick, reporters were laughing

8:21, Biden, Cutbacks: Why do we need to cut foreign aide? It’s piss-trickle little already…dodge this question, my friend, dodge like the wind! Generalize as much as possible!…man, I hate wasteful spending. We should only spend usefully.

8:22, Palin, Cutbacks: Yeah, this question is toxic, run away. Americans hate hard choices…Oh boy, this is full of shit, the CEOs own Alaska. Her mannerisms make watching this downright surreal. Also, the energy plan was a compromise, everyone knows it…”How long have I been at this, like five weeks?” We may have just heard a campaign ender, folks.

8:25, Biden, Cutbacks: Shows restraint not pouncing. Nice backhanded compliment about how damn weird Alaska is. Biden is debating better than Obama was.

8:26, Ifill, Bankruptcy bill: Biden’s bankruptcy bill? Gwen Ifill, you are on your shit.

8:26, Palin, Bankruptcy bill: if she had any idea what Ifill was talking about, she might actually draw some blood here.

8:27, Biden, Bankruptcy Bill: Ifill had to bring it up? Lolz…obfuscate, my friend. The bottom line is you toughened bankruptcy for the credit card companies in your state, and that meant people couldn’t pay their mortgages.

8:29, Palin, Bankruptcy bill: Wow, she just obviously doesn’t know what this is. I dunno, I’m biased, but she is not looking good at all. Not epic fail yet, but close. Love the cutaway to Biden’s smug closed lip smile.

Spin Alley Livebloggin’ 1

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

8:01: AND SO IT BEGINS! AND I AM LOCATED RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE SPEAKER! AND GWEN IFILL IS BLARING IN MY EAR!

8:02: “Can I call you Joe?” Eugggh…

8:03, Bailout question, Biden: Man can shape a good word, let’s see how he does on the reply. Also, he neglects to mentioned that he backed the bankruptcy bill that helped create some of these problems…

8:05, Bailout question, Palin: “Betcha”? Maybe it’s just cuz I’m an east coast elite, but this have-a-beer-with-me shit grates…Oh, he’s a real martyr, suspending the campaign so you can capitalize on it politically.

8:07, Bailout question, Biden: “On the sidelines”, he takes her words and he twists them without sounding nasty. HATCHAAA!

8:09, Bailout, Palin: The change thing just hits me as totally incoherent, still. A change would be a change from you guys, if Biden has bad experience, so does McCain…Joe Sixpack is gonna solve the bailout by calling his congressman? Doesn’t fly, sister.

8:11, Bailout, Biden: It almost seems like he’s not even debating her. Might be a good tactic…as someone who bleeds blue, I love to hear this assault on deregulation…that anecdote really worked.

8:13, Bailout, Palin: Am I not paying attention? What does tax relief have to do with this? Did she just veer off?

8:14, Bailout, Biden: Flashback from 04, nice when both candidates are senators, cancels out. AND HE JUST STUCK IT IN!

8:14, Bailout, Palin: I wish I could not turn in a paper and say, “That’s what the American people want.” Fuckin’ weak.

Liveblogging from Spin Alley!

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Hey folks, I’m sitting here in the rec gym, getting ready to liveblog the debates from the Media Filing Center, aka “Spin Alley”! I’m surrounded by Germans and Frenchmen. John Oliver from the Daily Show is here, he is the only one making noise in the whole building, everyone is looking at him like he’s a weirdo. We get the live feed, which is pretty sweet, I get to look at Gwen Ifill patiently sitting, which has always been a dream of mine. I’ll send dispatches out every half-hour or so, tune in afterwards when we go live from Spin Alley, with our crack media team.

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