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Debate Reaction

LOOK: Women React To The Presidential Debate

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.17.2012 | Women

After most polls declared Mitt Romney the clear "winner" of the first debate of the 2012 presidential election, the pressure was on President Obama to...

LOOK: Women React To The Vice Presidential Debate

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.12.2012 | Women

After last week's presidential debate failed to even mention the word "women," the pressure was on Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden to discuss i...

Women React To The First Presidential Debate

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.03.2012 | Women

Before Barack Obama and Mitt Romney set foot on stage in Denver, Colorado, for the first presidential debate, the stakes were high. The focus was dome...

Joe the Plumber Meets Sarah the Energy Expert

Jackson Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jackson Williams

It's been a pattern ever since the governor of Alaska was offered the vice presidential slot: the closer we get to Halloween, McCain shows himself to be more and more frightfully unprepared.

My Autistic Son is Not a Political Pawn

Janet Grillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Grillo

Last night, John McCain told us that Governor Palin "knows more about Autism than any other American I know." Perhaps he should get out more.

Is There a GOP Strategy -- A Kamikaze Campaign for the Black Helicopter Crowd?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

McCain had already convinced most Americans he's not capable of fixing the economy, but last night he convinced them that... they don't like him, either.

Hey Joe: Meet the Constitution

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

The clear winner of Wednesday's debate, Joe the plumber, focused a national debate on the wisdom and fairness of progressive taxation.

It's Going to Take a Lot More Than Joe the Plumber

Mary Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Lyon

I'd still like to like John McCain, especially since I once did - to some degree anyway. But with every day on this marathon, in every speech, and every debate, I'm less motivated to do so.

McCain Is Not Bush? - The Failed Economics of Reagan, Bush and McCain

Bruce Tenenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Tenenbaum

If John McCain wants us to think he's not the same as George Bush, perhaps he should stop embracing Bush's policies.

The Faces of John McCain

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Ninety minutes of John McCain making faces was more than enough for a lifetime. It's hard to imagine anyone willingly inviting that antic lemon-sucking grinfest into their homes for the next four years.

Plumbers Again?

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

While Obama came across like a breathless statesman, McCain came off incendiary, competitive, and humorless making it hard to accept his premise that he will use the military option as a last resort.

Obama Glides, McCain Punches-- Big Winner Is Joe the Plumber!

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Forget Joe Six-Pack. We have a new American icon, who may not need a designated driver on the way home from the soccer game.

Obama-McCain Hofstra Presidential Debate Reaction: HuffPost Bloggers Weigh In

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huffington Post

Arianna Huffington: McCain's Losing Strategy: Double Down on the Anger: McCain scored the zinger of the night with, "I am not President Bush. If you ...

If You Want To Know Who'll Be The Next President, Watch The Debate With The Sound Off

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

McCain runs the gamut from rebellious teenager to grumpy old man without ever pausing at the stage of mature adult.

Joe the Plumber, Obama and McCain

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Snow

Wow, I never thought a presidential discussion would get me thinking so much about my toilet.

Not Boring, Substantive, and Obama Dominates

James Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Love

I have a brother who is a plumber. His name's not Joe, and he is voting for Obama.

An Old Boxer Who Has Been in One Too Many Fights

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Even though I'm not for McCain and I think he has run a dishonorable campaign, I feel an empathetic sadness for him. Please let the sun set already. Let this campaign be over already.

Put McCain Out of His Misery

Robert Shrum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Shrum

For McCain, the urgent need tonight was not for McCarthyism on Ayers or ACORN, but for sounding authoritative on the economy -- a daunting objective for someone who said he doesn't know much about economics.

McCain's Losing Strategy: Double Down on the Anger

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This debate was won on the reaction shots. Every time Obama spoke, McCain grimaced, sneered, or rolled his eyes. Every time McCain was on the attack, Obama smiled - underlining McCain's need for anger management. Read More New on Green: Sloan Barnett and Green Goes With Everything For many people, the signature image signifying threats to our environment is the disappearing snowcap atop Mt. Kilimanjaro. Sloan Barnett epitomizes the new image. She is a former consumer reporter who became an environmental activist when her son developed asthma. Read More October Surprise Update: What McCain May Be Planning and What Obama Can Do to Ruin It As the one arrow left in McCain's quiver -- other than appealing to racists -- national security becomes the likeliest playing field for an October Surprise. Read More

The "Joe the Plumber" Debate

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

We have just experienced the worst financial crisis in 70 years. Eight hundred thousand people have lost their jobs in recent months. And all McCain wants to talk about is Bill Ayers and ACORN?

Obama T.K.O.s McCain in Last Debate

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

Barack Obama never delivered a knockout punch during the final presidential debate, but it did not matter. Obama won a T.K.O.

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.

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.

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.

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.