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Tennessee Town Hall

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.

"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.

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.

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": 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.

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..."

"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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.