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Belmont Debate

Jason Linkins

Kelly O'Donnell Awkwardly Pre-Games McCain's Debate Performance

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Remember the days leading up to the second presidential debate, at Belmont University? That debate was in town hall format, and we were told that Joh...

Second Presidential Debate: Video, Highlights, Analysis

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

11:55 - Sam Stein: Debate In Words: Obama talks about issues while McCain says "my friends." A look at the words uttered during the affair underscore...

"That One" Wins

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Snow

Obama has erased lingering doubts that he is ready for the Prime Time Presidency, while McCain raised more doubts that he has the energy or interest in the job.

"That One": McCain's Use of Dehumanization as Hate-Speech

Leah McElrath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leah McElrath

When McCain refuses to look at Barack Obama and refuses to use his name, he is employing modified versions of a military technique -- a strategy of dehumanization.

Why does John McCain hate planetariums?

Phil Plait | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phil Plait

Planetaria show us the beauty and grandeur of the Universe, and shouldn't be cynically relegated to being a political bludgeon used to score cheap points.

"That One": Anatomy of an Insult

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

There "was an energy bill on the floor of the Senate... sponsored by Bush and Cheney. You know who voted for it? You might never know." And here he pointed toward Obama. "That one."

"That Won": Twitter's Wit on the Second Presidential Debate

Nick Douglas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Douglas

My God, does he realize how much gas it will take to drive to the moon?! — michael

McCain Fizzles as Obama Sizzles

Michael Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Carmichael

In the course of the debate, McCain was outclassed, outgunned and outrun, time and time and time again. Obama's performance was so commanding that he barely noticed a petulant McCain.

Profiles in Cowardice

Dave Winer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Winer

It's time to back off the precipice, Ms. Palin and Mr. McCain.

Echoes of Kennedy-Nixon, Clinton-Dole

Terrence McNally | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrence McNally

We all know about the difference between the responses of those who listened to the first Kennedy-Nixon debate on the radio versus those who watched it on television. I did both last night and the same was true.

Knowing What You Don't Know

Jon Raymond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jon Raymond

Last night's debate came close to a Donald Rumsfeld press conference: "As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say we know there are some things we do not know..."

A Post-Debate Note To The Maverick

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Disgrasian

October 8, 2008 Dear John McCain, WE ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS. Sincerely, DISGRASIAN...

McCain Calls Obama "That One"

Maggie Van Ostrand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maggie Van Ostrand

If the people of this nation cannot tell the difference between presidential behavior and a sick and angry little man, then we're in more trouble than we are with Bush. Get a grip John. You're boring.

The Answer We Needed to Hear

Howard Schweber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Schweber

Obama's answer to the first question of the night was fine -- anodyne, uninspiring, reasonable, and utterly uninspiring.

Another McCain Dispute with Kissinger -- Now on Russia

Max Bergmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Bergmann

McCain said Ukraine was "in Russia's sights" and repeated his oft-repeated line that when he sees Putin he sees the letters "K.G.B." This is a good line if you are pundit, not if you are a president.

The Subliminal Slam-Dunk

Mary Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Lyon

The body language and other nonverbals put Obama decisively over the top, because it said more about the character issue for the two candidates and their wives than anyone's verbiage.

From "The One" To "That One": John McCain And (Not) Reaching Across Party Lines

Steven G. Brant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven G. Brant

Sen. McCain failed big time in that most basic principle of bipartisan leadership: attributing inherent worth to his equal from the opposite side of the political spectrum.

Blitzer: "Apparent" McCain Has "Some Disdain" For Obama

The Huffington Post | Nico Pitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Immediately after the debate, Wolf Blitzer goes there: "It's apparent to say that Sen. McCain has some disdain, I think it's fair to say, for Sen. Oba...

My Friends, I'm Going to Lie About Everything

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Tonight was not a debate. What we saw instead was Obama presenting coherent answers to difficult questions, while his opponent perpetuated old lies, often unrelated to the subject at hand.

The Debate: Round Two to Obama

James Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Love

If this was McCain's night to change the conversation, he changed nothing, looking more tired and less competent than the last debate. Obama seemed more confident and relaxed than last time out.

Note to McCain: Uncommitted Ohio Voters Just Aren't Into Nuclear Power

Joseph Romm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph Romm

McCain seems to think his strong support of nuclear power is a big political winner for him. But every time he talks about nuclear, he flatlines with both men and women.

Reading The Pictures: Citizen Anger, Pakistan slam, Michelle Love, And McCain As A Blur

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2008-10-08-shaw_mccain_townhall.jpgIn the early phase of the debate, there wasn't a drop of humor in that room. As McCain and Obama offered generalities, these people weren't even close to buying it.

Hitting the Snooze Button on McCain-Obama Round 2

Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein

Boooring. Yawn. Anything new? "That one?" That's the big controversy of the night? Do we miss Sarah Palin so soon?

McCain's Mudslide Continues

Robert Shrum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Shrum

If the question of the first debate was whether Obama would pass the threshold on national security (he did), the reality of this debate is that McCain didn't pass the threshold on the economy.

Jason Linkins

Obama Flips Script, Uses McCain Catch-Phrase Against Him

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In their first debate, John McCain's constant refrain was that Barack Obama "didn't understand." Tonight, Obama grabbed that phrase and ran with it i...