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McCain: Deregulating Reality or Campaign by Anecdote

Sherman Yellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sherman Yellen

I worried that the American public had been so seduced over the past eight years by self-serving stories -- rather than practical realities -- that the storyteller would always win the day.

Leadership by Contempt

David Weinberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Weinberger

Obama showed us last night what a leader looks like.

Jed Lewison

McCain's Angry Debate Disappoints Morning Joe Panel | Jed Lewison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Panelists on this AM's special edition of Morning Joe were zeroed straight in on John McCain's angry debate performance last night. Mika Brzezinski w...

Jed Lewison

Angry John McCain (VIDEO) | Jed Lewison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

What happens when John McCain is forced to attend a debate he really wanted to skip? You get an angry John McCain -- and the inspiration for my newes...

Jed Lewison

Debate Highlights, In Song And Dance (VIDEO) | Jed Lewison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This is just so goofy it's kind of cool. The juxtaposition with McCain is marvelous. Watch below: ...

Asymmetrical Warfare

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Obama provides a realistic vision for the future, while McCain offers tired platitudes and tax cuts for oil executives. The only avenue available to McCain was to lie, because the truth will elect Obama.

McCain Camp Doesn't Let Palin Spin After Debate

Huffington Post | Nicholas Sabloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the New York Times reported before Friday night's debate, Sarah Palin would not be providing post-debate spin for John McCain on the major TV netwo...

The Race is Still Close -- but It's Beginning to Feel Like It Could Be a Rout for Obama

Joe Trippi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Trippi

McCain would want us all to be going into the final month of the campaign having serious doubts about Obama. Instead it is McCain's actions that are causing doubts to rise about McCain's own candidacy.

John McCain: Four More Years of 'You Just Don't Understand"?

Fred Goldring | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Goldring

McCain appeared bothered by the sheer audacity of this newcomer in thinking he had the standing to question any of his actions or opinions.

In Most Crucial Election Ever, an Open and Shut Case

Mort Rosenblum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mort Rosenblum

For our children's sake, it is time to put aside partisanship, prejudices, and petty side issues.

The Grouch and the Gentleman

Bill Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Press

Not since Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy has there been a starker contrast between the two candidates on stage. Yet, even with his five o'clock shadow, Nixon looked better than McCain.

Who Won The Debate? Reviews Go To Obama

The Huffington Post | Nico Pitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

***UPDATED 9/27*** A focus group of 45 voters with an "unmistakenly Republican tilt" believed that Obama won the night handily: [B]y a 38 to 27 perc...

Jed Lewison

Fact Check: McCain Lied About Financial Crisis Warning | Jed Lewison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

John McCain lied right out of the gate during tonight's debate, claiming that he had warned us about the financial crisis that we are now facing. But ...

Jed Lewison

Toobin: It's No-Drama Obama vs. The Erratic Fence-Swinger | Jed Lewison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Jeffrey Toobin absolutely nailed one of the key differences that will be on display tonight as Barack Obama and John McCain debate each other: their i...

The Presidential Debate Drinking Game

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Nelson

Every time McCain says "my friends", spit out your drink and shout "I am not your friend" at the TV. When NATO is mentioned, clink glasses with everyone around you and attack anyone who refuses to clink.

Huckabee: McCain Mistake Not to Debate

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Thursday that Sen. John McCain made a "huge mistake" by even discussing canceling the presidential debate with...

Obama Passes Commander in Chief Test

Ilan Goldenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ilan Goldenberg

Obama won on key issues demonstrating that our foreign policy is more than just about the surge. McCain frequently reverted back to clichés calling his opponent naïve and lacking judgment.

Jed Lewison

Humiliation | Jed Lewison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Even if you don't accept the argument that John McCain made things worse with the bailout negotiations yesterday, I don't see how he possibly could cl...

Women May Be Most Affected By Economic Crisis And Election

Susan Kelley-Stamerra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Susan Kelley-Stamerra

If women aren't looked after in this election, in this economic environment, the losses will be substantial and lasting.

Debate Analysis: My Candidate Did Great!

Billy Kimball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Billy Kimball

I haven't seen a beat-down like that since Bentsen vs. Quayle. It wasn't even close! It's over. There's no way the Other Guy can bounce back from a humiliating defeat like that. My Guy was so presidential.

Jed Lewison

Obama To McCain: On Iraq, "You Were Wrong" | Jed Lewison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This was one of the most satisfying moments of the entire debate -- Barack Obama stepping up to the plate and telling John McCain that he was wrong on...

Video: Presidential Debate Streaming Live

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Watch the presidential debate live here: Live TV by Ustream...

Friday Talking Points [49] -- Before And After The First Debate

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

[UPDATED -- See part 2 in the Talking Points section.] This week's column will be presented in a sort of semi-liveblogging fashion. What you're getti...

Ignore The Pundits: How To Figure Out Who Won The Debate

Judd Legum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judd Legum

The winner of the debate isn't the person who makes the best arguments. The winner of the debate is the person who moves votes to their side.

Free The Presidential Debate Videos

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Craig Newmark

The Open Debate Coalition asks that the videos be released to the public for distribution on the Web so that citizens can watch the debates at will and share their own assessments and critiques.