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Presidential debate

2008-09-27 16:29:11.385957+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

Got together with Bill and Phil last night to watch the debate of the Presidential debate. Wow, McCain is remarkably inarticulate and puts an amazing about of conditional clauses in his run-on sentences. I doubt the guy said a complete coherent sentence all of last night.

Having said that, I think McCain won because I think his voter base isn't looking for insightful reasoned answers, I think they're looking for a "booyah" football coach sort of experience. Stringing together a bunch of unrelated observations and ignoring that they don't actually lead to the conclusion that one is trying to draw has worked effectively for that voting block before. A great example is McCain's reference of the "Putin is our president" poster, evidence that shows that the political situation in South Ossetia is quite a bit more nuanced than McCain let on.

So McCain is the person you'd vote for if you're looking for a football coach style president.

However, another note... If I understand McCain's health care proposal, McCain is proposing to drop the employer's deduction for health insurance costs, replacing it with a maximum $5000 personal deduction. Anyone else think this is a way to force the individual states into providing health care? It takes a bunch of upper income people with good health care plans who will suddenly realize that they can deduct the full extent of their health insurance if they're paying it as taxes to their state, but not if they're paying it directly to the insurer.

Interesting that McCain is doing his damnedest to push health care completely into a government service.

Finally, what's up with Jim Lehrer's use of the word "ruler"? Truly we've lost our way...

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#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-27 18:05:29.914685+00 by: TheSHAD0W [edit history]

[19:06] The SHAD0W.: Hi.
[19:06] Washu-chan: hallo
[19:07] Washu-chan: debates are on
[19:07] The SHAD0W.: Yay.
[19:07] The SHAD0W.: Hoo-rah.
[19:08] Washu-chan: i knew you would be thrilled
[19:08] The SHAD0W.: Did McCain show up?
[19:08] Washu-chan: why, yes he did
[19:08] The SHAD0W.: I guess the economy's fixed then.
[19:08] The SHAD0W.: Yay.
[19:08] The SHAD0W.: Hoo-rah.
[19:08] Washu-chan: of course
[19:09] Washu-chan: this debate reminds me..
[19:09] Washu-chan: i need to change cat litter
[20:16] The SHAD0W.: http://cgi.fark.com/cgi/fark/vidplayer.pl?IDLink=3902222 - er, wtf?
[20:16] Washu-chan: yanno i'm trying to watch the debate here
[20:17] The SHAD0W.: Go 'head, pull the other one.
[20:17] Washu-chan: wtf
[20:17] Washu-chan: i think i'll go to the gym and try this
[20:18] The SHAD0W.: Geez, you DID pull the other one.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-27 20:22:55.910702+00 by: Dan Lyke

And Shadow wins the debate commentary. Bingo.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-29 12:25:16.487587+00 by: petronius

90 minutes and no mention of China.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-29 12:39:34.897589+00 by: Dan Lyke

Well, this one was supposed to be focused on foreign policy, and given the debt that's been run up to China, both economically, and ideologically as the "war on terror" progresses, I don't think they're really "foreign" any more.