Daniel W. Drezner

Open town hall thread

I’m not planning on live-blogging the debate tonight — but feel free to comment away! [That’s it??!!–ed.  I already said everything I wanted to about the campaign today.  But I would be remiss if I did not link to George Packer’s New Yorker essay today on the undecideds in Ohio and West Virginia.  Fascinating stuff, ...

I’m not planning on live-blogging the debate tonight — but feel free to comment away! [That’s it??!!–edI already said everything I wanted to about the campaign today.  But I would be remiss if I did not link to George Packer’s New Yorker essay today on the undecideds in Ohio and West Virginia.  Fascinating stuff, and exceptionally well-written.] UPDATE:  Alex Massie is a stitch to read on the debate. ANOTHER UPDATE:  Josh Marshall:  “This debate’s so boring I don’t even know what to tell the staff to upload to youtube.”  Ordinarily I would take this as a sign that McCain is winning, but I think the format is killing him.  Visually, he looks hunched over and old compared to Obama.  Also, referencing Herbert Hoover, Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neil is not the way to seem like the man of the future.  LAST UPDATE:  Thank God that’s over… I’ve seen enough of these to know their lines by heart.  Props to both candidates, however, for not bringing up idiotic diversions like Bill Ayres or Charles Keating.  With little new in the responses, I suspect Obama will win in the instapolls, because the non-verbal components of the debate favored him so much.   NRO’s Michael Graham blogs

It wasn’t a debate — there was no “debating.” It wasn’t a town hall — the people didn’t speak. It wasn’t an interview — there were virtually no follow-ups. It wasn’t a contest of ideas. The two “contestants” shared most of the same ideas. This was a lost 90 minutes out of my life, and a huge, irreplaceable, lost opportunity for the McCain campaign. 

 The Fox News contributors are giving it to Obama.  William Kristol is calling the McCain campaign “chaotic.” 

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