Comments seem to be up again, so let's go for it. What do you think, will anything exciting happen?
McCain seems stiff, Obama limber. But that comes as no surprise.
Light Princess says Obama is using simpler English words this time.
McCain is prepared, let's see how Obama handles the use of the Joe the Plumber story.
Keeps his cool, that's what we like to see.
(I must admit, the polls today made me hopeful, and that's a little scary.)
Taxes: important, but not fascinating.
McCain looks SO scornful. Class warfare?
"We're talkin' 'bout Joe the Plumber, heh heh heh heh heh." Who is he? Montgomery Burns?
I have to admit, I don't get the whole small business tax thing.
Light Princess: "He's evil!"
So what does Obama need to accomplish here? Your comments invited.
Some people thought Schieffer would be soft on McCain, but he forced him back to the question here on spending.
Hatchets, scalpels: we're spending too much, how can we change this, really? I just know I have more confidence Obama's values approximate mine.
I bet McCain is delighted he got to use that line: "If you wanted to run against President Bush, you should have run four years ago."
Obama is finally getting a chance to list things where he disagreed with the Democratic leadership. Gobama!
"Even Fox News disputes it…" Obama is ready for this.
"I've got the scars to prove it."
Light Princess: "He should stop saying things about scars."
And later: "He's not answering the question." (re: McCain and the negative campaign question)
Okay, McCain is going on the John Lewis thing.
Again: "He didn't answer the question!"
Don't worry, that's Obama's "ready" face.
He just doesn't sound worried by McCain's remarks at all.
LP: "McCain never answered about 'palling around with terrorists.'"
Obama on Lewis: Lewis, unprompted, talked about things that troubled him. He's pitch-perfect on this. "We have to be careful about how we deal with our supporters."
Bad time to chuckle, Senator McCain. I mean, really. Of course John Lewis was outraged! The very idea of asking Senator Obama to "repudiate" him offends me!!
What is McCain talking about now? Military wives? WWII vets? That's not who we're talking about. We're talking about out-and-out racists.
Even Light Princess can tell from this discussion that Obama's "negative ads" were about policy.
Okay, here we go: Ayers and ACORN.
Obama continues to sound unflappable.
ACORN–any of you know something about this group? I thought they were okay. Isn't it the case that the fake names aren't going to be able to vote anyway?
I'm tired of scare tactics.
"That's absolutely not true." Hope Schieffer will let him complete that thought.
Didn't. Oh, well. Maybe people don't believe McCain.
Running mate question: this has to be a slam dunk for Obama, can't imagine how McCain can answer this effectively.
Biden sounded great as described by Obama.
LP on McCain re Palin: "He's just spewing crap out of his mouth."
(Love that girl.)
Yes, a bresh of freth air.
What work has she done on behalf of special needs prior to the birth of her own special needs child? I'm asking seriously. I really don't know. Obama is gracious about Palin. McCain is not about Biden.
I hear women on CNN didn't like that.
Pure Luck chimes in via chat that he didn't realize LP was so much like me. Where has he been?
As last time, I admit about nuclear power, it's employing my husband. Honey, can we safely store it all?
Commenters wonder: Why is Schieffer repeatedly giving McCain the last word? Well, did you know he's been on Face the Nation *65* times? They're friendly.
I can't believe we're only 49 minutes in; I think Obama is doing beautifully, but I liked him all along. Remember, I stood in line in the snow to go to the caucus, such as it was.
Does it really help to make fun of Obama for being eloquent? Aren't we tired of presidential malapropisms?
Brief technical difficulties, reboot, etc.
Back to the debate, health care: nobody likes it when McCain goes back to talking about Joe the Plumber. (Joan Calvin convinced me to switch to CNN, but those lines are making me nervous.)
Who has gold-plated health insurance that includes cosmetic surgery? Presbyterians, do you get that? Episcopalians? Or would that be sterling? (Heeheehee. Getting punchy here.)
Huh, no litmus test? President Palin would not agree.
It's good they are talking about the Supreme Court. It's good for people to think about who they might appoint.
Joan Calvin points out that reconstructive surgery is covered in some plans; Lord, I would hope so! I think he means the other kind.
Lilly Ledbetter–good move of the conversation, Senator Obama.
Wait, Schieffer says time's up and McCain gets to talk more? What the heck?
I'm so sorry we're doing late term abortion here. I hope Obama gets to answer fully. He does not have his "ready" face now.
McCain, what a charming eye roll.
He did fine.
"Sexuality is sacred." Amen.
By the way, both men and women liked his answer. As soon as McCain started talking again, the lines dropped. Adoption is bringing it up a bit, but moreso with men, interestingly.
Again, McCain with the last word, as well as dissing Obama for knowing how to use English words beautifully. Sigh.
Because really, don't we want a President who is fluent in our language?
"Throwing money at the problem is not the answer." What is, then?
Is it really a good idea to go right from the military to teaching? Again, a serious question.
Vouchers. I find I am suspicious of vouchers. Am I wrong about this?
One thing I am sure of, there is no way to make a case for "No Child Left Behind." Re-authorize it? No way. It's screwed with our schools here. Hate.It.
Does McCain think Palin's child is autistic? he is confusing me. Also, as Iris points out, Mrs. Obama's name is Michelle.
Vouchers, charters, bickering, no one likes this and it's a bad ending to the debate. This is policy wonkery. Any chance we can get to a nobler end?
Still grinning frighteningly on the right there.
For once, McCain NOT getting the last word. At least in theory.
"College for every young person who wants to go." He shot up there.
Well, friends, thank you for holding my hand through this one. I think it went well for Obama and his wife, whatever her name may be. 😉
P.S. I want to know when one of their pollsters is going to call me!!!
P.P.S. Christ Matthews says McCain killed himself with women on the abortion answer, and I hope he's right. How can you belittle exceptions for the life of the mother?