7WD watches the prez debate

  • 9:51 PM Scott Gunn – OK, we are live and on the case. We are missing a few key members of the news team, so please do feel free to IM or post comments on the blog. Team coverage is a definite enhancement!
  • 9:52 PM Scott Gunn – Sigh. Same timezone bug as last time. My blog’s timezone is right, so I’m not sure what’s up. Anyway, just mentally subtract an hour from the time. Or pretend that I am blogging from Nova Scotia or something.
  • 9:54 PM Scott Gunn – Yay! Blog entries are newest first [oldest first in final posting!]. Thanks, ScribbleLive!
  • 10:05 PM Scott Gunn – McCain says Americans are victims of greed. Well, yes, I suppose. But let’s acknowledge that we all live in a greedy society. While I would love to blame Bush, the Republicans, the Wall Street, we must admit our collective complicity in this mess.
  • 10:06 PM Scott Gunn – McCain proposes spending $300 billion to buy up mortgages, etc. Sigh. While this is all going to be painful, I find it interesting to note that Republicans always want to privatize profits and socialize losses.
  • 10:11 PM Scott Gunn – McCain and Obama are trading tax “facts.” They are both playing fast & loose. We need some kind of Truth Police to bust them on the teevee. I’m imagining some kind of loud buzzer, possibly coupled with a mild shock.
  • 10:11 PM Scott Gunn – Check out this note expressing the desire that many of us have to encourage the candidates to tell the truth.
  • 10:12 PM Scott Gunn – They have both talked about “Joe the Plumber.” I guess he has a drinking problem? This is the same “Joe Six-pack” that Sarah Palin kept blathering about? What’s the deal?!
  • 10:16 PM Scott Gunn – Wow. I like Obama, but he’s treating the whole country like second graders. He’s going to go through the budget line-by-line and page-by-page and “get rid of programs that don’t work” and “keep things that work.” Great! Why didn’t someone else think of that?
  • 10:18 PM Scott Gunn – Rats! McCain was just starting to share his memories of the Great Depression, and then I had to go outside and get the dogs to come back inside. Did I miss anything?
  • 10:21 PM Scott Gunn – Great! More talk of pork barrels. I’ll contribute $50 to McCain’s campaign if he can work “pork barrel”, “Miss Congeniality”, and a prison story into the same answer.
  • 10:23 PM Scott Gunn – The chicks do not dig McCain. I guess there aren’t many hockey moms in the audience tonight. Gotta love the squiggly lines on CNN.
  • 10:24 PM Scott Gunn – A little background info up next, thanks to my facebook peeps. Er, news team.
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  • 10:27 PM Scott Gunn – McCain regrets the negative aspects of the campaign. So that’s easy to fix. Just stop running negative ads, dude. If you are running on your leadership credentials, then how about taking responsibility for your campaign’s behavior.
  • 10:27 PM Scott Gunn – McCain: “We will run a truthful campaign.” And yet he lies every day.
  • 10:29 PM Scott Gunn – McCain didn’t look at the front of yesterday’s Wall Street Journal. The country knows that he’s the one running the negative campaign. And this from the WSJ, not exactly a liberal rag.
  • 10:30 PM Scott Gunn – The ladies dig Obama. The gents aren’t buying it. Hmm…
  • 10:31 PM Scott Gunn – McCain keeps mentioning Obama’s “unprecedented” ad spending. Do I hear a bit of envy of the other side’s fund raising success?
  • 10:33 PM Scott Gunn – Obama makes a good point. Maybe we should discourage people from yelling “terrorist!” and “kill him!” during campaign rallies. It seems like if anyone’s been the victim of negative speech, it’s not McCain. No one is yelling hate speech about him.
  • 10:34 PM Scott Gunn – Did McCain ever learn that interrupting people is rude?
  • 10:35 PM Scott Gunn – And he interrupts to make the point that whenever you get 10,000-15,000 people, they’re going to yell hate speech? Funny, that only seems to happen during McCain/Palin rallies.
  • 10:35 PM Scott Gunn – Can we talk about issues now, please? And, for the love of God, no more invocations of Joe the Plumber!
  • 10:39 PM Scott Gunn – I’m wondering if McCain can utter a sentence without going after Obama’s character.
  • 10:41 PM Scott Gunn – McCain’s campaign is about a “brighter future for America.” By brighter, I guess he means more bitter, angry, cheap attacks? No thanks.
  • 10:42 PM Scott Gunn – OK, 25% rags-to-riches score. We’ve just heard about Joe the Senator’s scrappy upbringing. Up next: prison stories, hockey games, or my-father-left-me-alone. Will we reach 100% tonight?
  • 10:43 PM Scott Gunn – Yes! Palin’s in! 50% rags-to-riches score.
  • 10:43 PM Scott Gunn – By the way, Palin is a role model for all Americans? As in “throw your family under the bus and ruthlessly seek power”?
  • 10:46 PM Scott Gunn – McCain — “why do we have to spend more?” If spending is bad, then why support a costly war or a costly bailout?
  • 10:48 PM Scott Gunn – McCain wants to fix our oil problem with nuclear power. Cool! We’ll save money on electricity when we all start to glow in the dark.
  • 10:49 PM Scott Gunn – So nuclear power is validated because “we have sailed navy ships around the world.” If it’s good enough for a navy ship, it’s good enough for McCain! Let’s paint everything gray! Let’s all start sleeping 18 people to a room in tiny bunk beds!
  • 10:50 PM Scott Gunn – Obama’s solution to our oil problem is to kick our habit. Fancy that!
  • 10:55 PM Scott Gunn – Oh, Obama, you’ve got to stop that. You can’t support SOME trade agreements and not others. The American people will not tolerate your elitist “thinking” and “choosing.” Just come up with an idea, and stick with it. If your idea can somehow destroy the environment or lead to an intractable war, all the better.
  • 10:58 PM Scott Gunn – Seems like we can’t go wrong in terms of lowering costs. Our current system, which leaves 50 million people uninsured, is also tremendously expensive.
  • 11:00 PM Scott Gunn – By the way, NPR points out that McCain’s nuclear solution to the oil problem just won’t work — unless we all switch to electric cars.
  • 11:01 PM Scott Gunn – I wonder if the real Joe the Plumber will get lots of new business tomorrow.
  • 11:03 PM Scott Gunn – I wonder if McCain has ever spent time in an E.R. watching how the current health care systems works. I also wonder if McCain has any idea how a minimum wage worker is going to be able to afford to buy a family health plan. Here’s a hint: it costs more than $5,000 to buy a family health plan.
  • 11:04 PM Scott Gunn – I wish I had a dollar for every time Joe the Plumber had been mentioned. By now I’d have enough money to get Joe the Plumber to come to our house and fix our leaky faucet.
  • 11:05 PM Scott Gunn – This just in from the 7WD “team facebook.” Can we talk about what might happen if Joe the Plumber needed to open up the “lockbox”? (Thanks, Peter!)
  • 11:10 PM Scott Gunn – McCain was saying that he won’t apply a litmus test to Supreme Court nominees. Sounds great! Then, just before the end of his answer, he says that he couldn’t imagine that someone who supported Roe v. Wade would be qualified. But it’s not a litmus test!
  • 11:16 PM Scott Gunn – Since when did “eloquence” become an insult? Oh, since “thinking” was viewed as unAmerican.
  • 11:19 PM Scott Gunn – I found a good link with some information on McCain’s education plan and its likely result. It fits in with his attack on “eloquence.”
  • 11:21 PM Scott Gunn – Wait a sec? McCain says we’re going to fix schools with marketplace competition? How can that possibly work? Seriously, how is that even possible? I’m serious. Someone please explain it ’cause it sounds like complete and utter nonsense to me.
  • 11:24 PM Scott Gunn – NPR has the skinny on “Joe the Plumber” if you can handle it.
  • 11:27 PM Scott Gunn – OK, I’m going to show some ignorance here. McCain says Palin is an expert on autism. I know she has a special needs child with Down’s Syndrome. Is there a connection? Does she also have a child with autism? Why is she supposedly an expert?
  • 11:29 PM Scott Gunn – McCain says they’ve had a “healthy discussion.” If that’s a healthy discussion, then leprosy leads to a healthy complexion. Here are adjectives I’d use for tonight’s discussion: rancorous, annoying, vapid, cheap, and simple.
  • 11:30 PM Scott Gunn – McCain seems to have escaped tonight without calling himself a Maverick. That’s a good thing, considering that the real Mavericks are unhappy with his self-description.
  • 11:33 PM Scott Gunn – Obama said he’ll work every day as president. That would be a big contrast to our current president, who holds a record for most vacation of any POTUS in history.
  • 11:34 PM Scott Gunn – OK, the debate is over. Generally disappointing, but I have to score this one for Obama. I don’t think it’s because I support him, but because attacks wear thin quickly. No one (including the American people) wants to hear endless attacks.
  • 11:35 PM Scott Gunn – Bob Schieffer did a bang-up job. He asked real questions, and mostly insisted on cutting off digressions.
  • 11:36 PM Scott Gunn – Listening to the CNN talking heads. Each side’s flacks claim a victory. Gergen likes Obama as winner, claiming that McCain has an “anger problem.”
  • 11:38 PM Scott Gunn –
  • 11:38 PM Scott Gunn – That video is about McCain’s anger problem. Yes, candidates for POTUS should not, in my view, be dropping the f-bomb.
  • 11:39 PM Scott Gunn – OK, on that note, I’m signing off. Tune in here for LIVE coverage of election night. Wait, one more post…
  • 11:40 PM Scott Gunn – The electoral map is looking good for Obama.
  • 11:41 PM Scott Gunn – Now I’m off for the night. I’d be grateful for any feedback on liveblogging tonight. As I said, this was a bit of practice for the future. Thanks for reading!
  • 11:43 PM Scott Gunn – Good night!

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4 Responses

  1. Jess Gates says:

    Are Joe the Plumber and Joe Six-pack related?

  2. Ann says:

    Plumbers make about $250,000 per year or so. BTW – thx for blogging – I can watch the Phillies -Dodgers and keep up. Phillies 5, Dodgers 0, 3 errors by Furcal. oh yikes

  3. Peter Carey says:

    Good blogging, my friend — would have liked to hear more about the economy in the debate — I am glad I am not that Joe the Plumber, guy!

  4. Ann says:

    5-1 is the score now.

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