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And the Real Winner Is . . .

Elizabeth Austin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Austin

Here's who really won Tuesday night's debate: Barack Obama's schedulers and advance teams. Silently and seamlessly, those anonymous campaign staffers created the half-hour of compelling television that followed the debate itself.

"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.

Watching the Debate Down Under

Pat Lawson-Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Pat Lawson-Black

McCain said: "I will always put my country first." The vision of his scary Vice Presidential choice leapt in front of my eyes and I couldn't help an involuntary cry to the television: "Like hell you do!"

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.

Citizens Panel Mixed on 'Town Hall' Format, Wanted Brokaw to Do More to Challenge the Spin

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

McCain's supporters seemed happy with the ground rules. Obama's supporters seemed happy with the results. But many were troubled by the debate organizers' claim of true public participation in Tuesday's forum.

The Adler Planetarium and McCain's Fake War on Earmarks

Jules Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jules Siegel

McCain's slur about the Adler projector reveals both the slovenly nature of his campaign's opposition research as well as a disconnect from reality. This is a high-tech scientific educational project, not an entertainment device.

McCain Fails to Vanquish "That One" in Debate
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The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

McCain not only pointed his finger angrily at his opponent, but chose to refer to a black man in a way that omitted any reference to his humanity. Even if that was not his intention, it was not a particularly deft move.

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..."

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.

"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.

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.

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 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.

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.

McCain's Failed Debate Offensive

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

While McCain attacked most of the night -- in spite of the intimate, town hall setting -- Obama stuck to a crisper, measured tone, and still returned fire when necessary,

Obama-McCain Town Hall Debate Reaction: HuffPost Bloggers Weigh In

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huffington Post

Arianna Huffington: The Winner of Debate II? "That One": In Debate II, John McCain twice laid out the criteria for how the American people should jud...

Blogging the Nashville Face Off on the Ground

R.T. Eby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
R.T. Eby

Two hours before the beginning of the debate and the city is in full swing. There is a block party on Belmont Blvd featuring impersonations of Sarah Palin, Bill Clinton and President Bush.

Not a Whole Lot of "Town," and Other Town Hall Debate Reactions

Paul Reiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Reiser

Well, for a town-hall meeting, I sure didn't see a whole lot of 'town." A couple dozen of over-lit, under-whelmed people who got free tickets. As a comic, I have to say, that really looked like a tough house.

Is John McCain Really Our Friend?

Erica Jong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erica Jong

Why are these debates so incredibly boring? Is it McCain telling us constantly he is our friend while he grimaces in a way that is friendly to no one? Or is it Obama keeping his cool despite all the idiotic lies and provocations?

Obama's Missed Opportunity on Health Care at the Debate

Bryan Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bryan Young

Obama missed an opportunity to explain that the health of our nation's citizens cannot be held hostage to a corporate profit motive.