Friday, September 26, 2008

debate spin

I've been saving this up-- from Paul Bedard in U.S. News & World Report...

The conventions are over, and the presidential candidates are still close in the polls. So, naturally, all eyes are on the first debate between Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama on September 26, where voters and pundits expect one of the two to break out. "They are going to decide in the first debate" whom to vote for, predicts pollster-strategist Frank Luntz. With that kind of hype hanging over the event in Oxford, Miss., the candidates are already starting to lower expectations. First, McCain. Aides say that he won't be as eloquent as Obama. Obama's team, meanwhile, suggests that he's not as practiced at debates as his long-serving Senate colleague. "These debates are not Senator Obama's strong suit," says one aide.

I think the key question will be the extent to which Obama connects with people-- beyond pleasant-sounding answers.

And after pushing the line that McCain is old and decrepit, Dems are (or should be) stuck with higher expectations for their man.

Tbe more obvious point is that Obama's reputation as a speaker must increase expectations of his performance. But delivering a speech is not the same thing as a debate.

Should be interesting!


At September 26, 2008 at 5:31 PM , Blogger William Lang said...

I was wondering this afternoon if McCain is going to sucker-punch Obama, by lowering expectations so much by pretending to be afraid to debate. The debate is going to focus on foreign affairs and national security, which is probably McCain's biggest advantage over Obama.

We will soon see!

At September 26, 2008 at 11:40 PM , Blogger Harry said...

McCain doesn't have any advantage over Obama in regards to foreign policy or the borders (As far as I am concerned anyway). Both are equally bad for the country on both of these issues. And they are the same!
I am still at a crossroads in regards to the Presidential election...The big two are "actors" propped up by the establishment. "Scary and Scarier" are not an option. I am not going to juggle which rights to keep and which to sacrifice or how best the government will take my hard earned money and spend it either on a bloated welfare state or for world conquest...either way 53.9% is quite steep. Sorry D and R, you propped up the wrong ones this time, they are too much alike. So this quandary leaves me with choices of third party...
Bob Barr is an intriguing fellow, Ex CIA, voted for the Patriot Act...kind of a hybrid Republican / libertarian, his platform is definately far superior to that of the big two. But I do hold reservation...ex CIA / Patriot Act...I really do not know with any certainty his credibility...I do like his rhetoric and his platform...and he is on the Indiana ballot...but...
Chuck Baldwin...In a heartbeat...but he is not on the Indiana ballot...:(
Ron Paul...again, in a heartbeat...but he lost to McCain in the Primaries...he even says not to write him in...but I want to.
I am voting FOR someone this time around, even if it means a write in vote...
Viable or not my conscience will be clear...
Andy Horning and Eric a heartbeat, definately...:)


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