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Presidential Debate

Liveblog! Obama and McCain Square Off in Nashville

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Our takeaway: Obama's still cool, McCain's still cranky, and Brokaw needs his teleprompter. Also, apparently McCain's known how to get Osama bin Laden this whole time. Aw jeez, NOW he tells us!

12 Reasons Why McCain Can Still Win

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

So, you think it looks really good for Barack Obama. Well, maybe so. Yet, Obama can still lose this. Though I'm not planning to head over to Vegas to shoot craps (John McCain's favorite) on that deal.

Obama's Debate Tactics Reveal He Tries To Grapple With An Issue

David Doody | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Doody

The Presidential debate exposed the arguing style of the candidates. Barack Obama thoughtfully analyzes both sides of an issue and admits when his opponent makes a valid point whereas John McCain quarrels much like a petulant child.

One Last Comment about the First Debate

Jerry Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Weissman

Almost everyone has already weighed in about the first McCain-Obama debate, and all eyes and ears are now focused on the Vice-presidential debate tomo...

What Debate Were You Watching?

Ben Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ben Cohen

I wanted Obama to bring up McCain's atrocious tactics, and humiliate him for running such a shameful campaign.

Debate #1: The Knockout that Wasn't. What Obama Needs to Do Next Time.

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

There was no knockout. And a knockout was what Obama needed. At best, it was a tie. And as the underdog in many ways, Obama needed to do much more than simply hold his own.

Debate Watching With the World

Jeannie Ralston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeannie Ralston

At first I thought I wouldn't be able to watch Friday's debate at all. But as it turned out, I felt as if I watched it with the whole world.

John McCain: Unfit for the Presidency

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

If we agree, as most of us do outside of the far-right abortion-obsessed axis, that Palin is unfit to serve as president, then McCain, the man solely responsible for giving her that opportunity, is unfit too. It's that simple.

Reading The Pictures: McCain Sticks It To Palin?

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2008-09-28-mccainplane.jpgPaired with Sarah Palin's absence from Friday night's Presidential debate, this photo-op of the McCains boarding their campaign plane that afternoon for Mississippi is phenomenally awkward.

Liveblog! Obama vs. McCain And The Debate That Almost Wasn't

Rachel Sklar, Glynnis MacNicol, and John Carney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rachel Sklar, Glynnis MacNicol, and John Carney

Welcome to our debate liveblog! We're figuring out how this Liveblogging software works. Please don't judge us just yet. Update: Okay! We've figured...

Jason Linkins

LiveBlogging Your Ole Miss Debate! | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Good evening everyone! What on earth are we doing tonight? Seriously? Wasn't this stuff suspended? What is going on? Honestly! Today was my day ...

Obama vs. McCain: Gettin' LiveBloggy With It

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

ETP liveblogged the debate tonight with Glynnis MacNicol and John Carney. You can find all the good stuff through the link (we blogged it using the n...

57 Million Watched Presidential Debate: Nielsen Estimate

McClatchy | Glenn Garvin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Preliminary Nielsen data from 55 cities where it operates so-called "people meters," set-top boxes that monitor television viewing, shows that a third...

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.

Nico Pitney and Sam Stein

The Smirk: Could McCain's Facial Gestures Define Debate? | Nico Pitney and Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the spin of Friday night's debate settled in and both sides staked a claim to victory, one media narrative began to take hold: while Obama may have...

Obama Tells McCain: War In Iraq Didn't Start In 2007

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A key moment in the debate, when Obama called McCain out on Iraq: Obama: So John, you like to pretend like the war started in 2007. You talk about th...

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...

That Foreign Policy Debate We're Not Having

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

The problem with foreign policy debates is that we end up debating symptoms -- illegal immigration from Mexico, a surge in Iraq -- rather than systems.

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...

Obama Campaign: Watch The Debate On CNN

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I just received the following text from the official Obama text message number (62262) which first sent out the Vice Presidential news: Watch Barack ...

Oxford Debates the Debates

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

If this debate doesn't go off as scheduled, that will be bad news for Washington, too. The people of Oxford are already mad. They'll be madder.

A Breakthrough Night for Obama

Madeleine Albright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Madeleine Albright

Tonight was a breakthrough for Obama, who showed himself truly ready to be president. He responded knowledgeably, thoughtfully and confidently to the toughest questions on the economy, Iraq, and terror.

If You're Losing the Game, Choose a Different Game
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The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

Allegedly color-blind in hiring, protected from witches and stumped in interviews, Palin this week was on the verge of being a two-time game-changer (good change, bad change) when McCain decided that game wasn't working for him anymore.

First Presidential Debate Obama-McCain: Analysis

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Marc Ambinder: McCain's high-stakes gamble: "Tonight, John McCain has more to gain and lose. This week, McCain raised the stakes for himself a thousan...

The Debate: Nobody Wins Big
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The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

Taking a glance at liveblogging and instant analysis by progressive media outlets of the first presidential debate, one thing stands out: none of our bloggers saw a knockout victory overall...