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Presidential Debate

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...

Failed Republican Strategies Remain Wrong Kind of 'Experience'

Maegan Carberry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maegan Carberry

The thing Obama and Democrats have going for us is the last eight years.

Sierra Club RAW: Thanks, but no thanks, Senator McCain

Josh Dorner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Dorner

John McCain's campaign has been marked by gimmick after gimmick. We had the gas tax holiday--denounced by over 230 leading economists, including 4 Nob...

I'm Suspending My Feminism Until Women Have Equal Rights

Kim Mance | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kim Mance

Reid is clearly just jealous that McCain knows being a good leader means inserting oneself at the end of the process, with no input beforehand. It saves energy for dealing with other stuff.

McCain Camp: Boredom Good News For Us

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One observation on the debate from a number of people who aren't paid to watch these things: They changed the channel at some point. Whoever did bette...

Video: Presidential Debate Streaming Live

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Watch the presidential debate live here: Live TV by Ustream...

Screw-Ups Big and Small

Sam Greenfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Greenfield

If you knew nothing else about Senator McCain or Governor Palin, what would their behavior in these past two weeks tell you?

Nico Pitney and Sam Stein

The Smirk: Could McCain's Facial Gestures Define Debate?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

John McCain Antics -- Thursday 25 September, 2008

Stephen C. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen C. Rose

By Stephen C. Rose John McCain is engaged in a hypocritical effort to preempt the narrative of this Presidential contest. Today I shall try to carry ...

Presidential Debate In Mississippi: Video, Highlights, Analysis

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

11:15 - Nico Pitney: Several positive reviews for Obama. A CBS News instant poll finds: 40% of uncommitted voters who watched the debate tonight thou...

No He Can't: Obama's Real Debate Problem

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

Obama is not an expert debater, and if McCain's attempt to skip the first debate does nothing else, it suggests that this is Obama's turf.

Oh, HELL NO!

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joe Cutbirth

How many times will national reporters let themselves be cowed by the pack of consultants that has steered the Bush machine and polluted national politics with this strategy for more than 30 years?

Postpone the Debate? Obama Should Not Fall for this Cheap Political Ploy by a Desperate McCain

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

We don't need McCain in Washington. His Commerce Committee's years of deregulation is a major reason why we're in this mess in the first place.

Cancel Friday's Foreign Policy Debate and Hold an Economic Debate at the New York Stock Exchange Instead

Robert Guttman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Guttman

Let's find out in reasoned and reasonable debate what the problems are and how we can fix them to benefit all Americans and not just the Wall Street firms involved.

Friday Debate Results Revealed

Steve Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Steve Young

Nothing different than it's been for the past three presidential campaigns as media and John McCain campaign forecasters are calling for a severe low ...

NYT: Obama's Debating Record Uneven

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senator Barack Obama has shown himself at times to be a great orator. His debating skills, however, have been uneven. Some of his chief strengths -- ...

Presidential Debate: Video, Highlights, Analysis

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

*****WATCH THE DEBATE LIVE***** 10:54 - Seth Colter Walls: Brit Hume: McCain had a "peculiar" expression on his face while listening to Obama. "I don...

Presidential Debate: Video, Highlights

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

*****WATCH THE DEBATE LIVE***** 10:54 - Seth Colter Walls: Brit Hume: McCain had a "peculiar" expression on his face while listening to Obama. "I don...

A "Great Debate" Ingrate (Me)

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Instead of genteel format tweaking, why not broadcast a presidential debate, say, from a crowded high school during lockdown and see which candidate can best connect with the future American workforce?