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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.

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.

"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.

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.

Men are from Mars Women are from Venus in the Presidential Debate

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

On the CNN reaction meter, McCain never reaches Obama's highs, because even when people reluctantly agree with him, they have to factor in the fact that they just don't believe anything he says.

Obama And McCain: Address Gun Violence In America

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Tonight, Senators John McCain and Barack Obama will debate each other in a town hall at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. This time, unlike...

Worse Than "That One"

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

For me, the more worrisome moment of the debate came when McCain told a young, black questioner, "You've probably never heard of Fannie Mae."

A 'Terrible' Debate Performance By Brokaw and Organizers

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

This was supposed to be the "domestic policy" debate. Yet there we were once again talking about raids on Pakistan and defending Israel. Brokaw and the organizers let down the American public.

Palin Watches Debate From N.C. Pizzeria: "Yes!"

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Alaska governor arrived at Boli's on the Boulevard here in Greenville about ten minutes before 9 p.m. She had changed from her suit and high heels...

Presidential Debate Tonight: McCain, Obama Camps Ratchet Up Expectations For A Fight

Huffington Post | Katharine Zaleski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

... Check Here For Updates On The Debate Tonight... Everyone expects tonight's debate to be a slug-fest since John McCain and Sarah Palin turned up t...

The Winner of Debate II? "That One"

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

At the end of the debate, Brokaw asked McCain to get out of the way of his Teleprompter. He might as well have been speaking on behalf of the future: Senator McCain can you please get out of the way so we can get on with it?

That One?!

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

They say that Sen. McCain's strong suit is the town hall debate. If this was, in fact, Sen. McCain's strength, he might as well go home. Sorry... homes.