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Presidential Debate Analysis

Debating Clouds

Janet Harris | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Janet Harris

I wasn't planning to do an analysis of last night's debate, figuring that the debate would be a draw or Pres. Obama would dominate Gov. Romney -- either of those outcomes would be unlikely to change the dynamic of the campaign. But... well, here we are.

Barack Obama and the Return of Grace

Michael Seitzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Seitzman

Ironically, the fact that Obama granted his opponent the courtesy of pointing out the places where they agree is the very quality of leadership that McCain continues to falsely claim as his own.

Obama Underwhelms, McCain Patronizes

Paul Reiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Reiser

I have to say, I did want to see more fire from Obama. I did want him to let the anger loose. I did want him to slap back at McCain's endless patronizing tone.

Tonight's Presidential Debate: Victory for Obama, More of the Same from McCain

Sheryl Crow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheryl Crow

I think I feel the same as most Americans when I say I am beyond tired of hearing John McCain sell this war and passing it off as great leadership. To me, McCain proved himself as the stubborn one.

McCain's Debate Message: How To Lose More Friends And Alienate People

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Heilbrunn

To listen to McCain speaking in tonight's debate was to be thrust back into a time warp, where al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein are plotting together, and America must go on a crusade to stomp out the infidels.


Nora Ephron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nora Ephron

There was a moment, when the debate ended and the wives came up on stage, where I actually knew, or thought I knew, who had won. I'm sorry to say it, but it was John McCain.

The McCain-Kissinger Flip Flop

Max Bergmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Bergmann

McCain has never supported talks with Iran at the Secretary of State level. So either McCain has massively shifted positions on Iran or he is completely misrepresenting his position on Iran.

Tonight's Debate: Will Our Children Fare Better than Us?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

This debate underscored the central question that each of us must ask ourselves before choosing our next president: Will our children and our children's children fare better than us?

Where My Mind Went After the Debate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I'm glad that Senator Obama brought domestic issues to a foreign policy debate, because fixing "home" would alter our foreign relations.

Obama to McCain: 'You Were Wrong'

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

Obama's goal tonight was to simply become an equal to the "legendary" foreign policy man John McCain. He accomplished that, while showing unending patience with his opponent.

Barack Did Great, McCain Okay But Angry

Chris Durang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Durang

McCain, to be fair, showed some of his knowledge in a good way. But he's too old, he's from the 20th century, the country doesn't need him now.

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.

A Good Night for Stasis, a Bad Night for Reality

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

It was a good night for Obama because, when 83 percent of the country believe we are on the wrong track, standing toe-to-toe with McCain on foreign policy is all you need to do. And Obama clearly did that.

Tonights Debate Loser: You and Me

Sean Penn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sean Penn

The result tonight was another frustrating piece of American media that is at once far too polite, and at the same time, dismissive of an American public's need to know anything beyond jingoistic self-aggrandizement.

Obama-McCain Presidential Debate Reaction: HuffPost Bloggers Weigh In

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huffington Post

Nora Ephron: Ringside: There was a moment, when the debate ended and the wives came up on stage, where I actually knew, or thought I knew, who had wo...

Whose Opening Advantage?

Mary Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Lyon

I'm mixed. Who won? They both did. And didn't. Here's what strikes me about the opening round of presidential debate season: the one-liners, the f...

An Honest Appraisal of Tonight's Debate

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Obama did not win this debate. He didn't lose it either. But McCain was given far too much leeway in my opinion without counterpunching, which might reinforce the trope that Democrats don't know how to fight.

McCain's Debate Behavior Condescends To New Levels

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Brodsky

As a debate tactic, McCain's behavior was understandable, and a classic Karl Rove characteristic. Take your weakness and make it a strength. Take your opponent's strength and make it a weakness.