My first impression thoughts of the third presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain, mostly grabbed from my twitter feed:
– McCain choked on addressing Obama as “Senator Obama” at the opening, unless there was a glitch in the CNN audio. “Mmmmfnator Obama”.
– Obama a very obvious winner with the worm audience on both healthcare and education. Also a winner on reproductive choice (though not with me; he’s merely the less-bad alternative here.)
– McCain lumped transplants and cosmetic surgery together as luxury health services only the rich should be allowed to have.
– Looking for video on this: McCain pooh-poohed a health/life exception on late-term abortion, and someone said he put “health of the mother” in air-scare-quotes. I was looking away from screen at the time.
Edit: We now have video on this.
– Worm report: “Undecided” Ohio men loved McCain on abortion. Women hated McCain on abortion. Male fetus-fetishists still perfectly happy to let women die. You can see this in the full version of the above video, here.
– Obama assigned women agency to make their own reproductive decisions; McCain smirked dismissively in response.
– McCain talked directly to “Joe the Plumber”, over and over again. The worm did not believe him. Obama also talked to Joe Plumber. Why is no-one talking to Jane?
– Another twitterer on election.twitter.com wants to ask McCain, “What about when Joe Sixpack wants to marry Joe the Plumber? What then?”
– McCain thinks that one of Palin’s qualifications to be President is “her husband’s a tough guy. Heh heh.” A definite Bush moment.
– McCain lectured Obama: “education is the civil rights issue of the twenty-first century”.
– McCain somehow avoided “articulate”, but repeatedly called Obama “eloquent” as if it were an insult.
– Obama refrained noticeably from criticising Palin. Kept his cool, avoided getting sucked in.
– McCain keeps on saying that Sarah Palin knows all about what it’s like having a child with autism. Autism seems to be the new catchall term for people who know jack shit about anything. All adults with disabilities are in wheelchairs, all children with disabilities have autism. Blatantly ignorant bullshit.
– Reaction shots on the split-screen: Obama mostly cool or vaguely amused.; McCain cranky, condescending, contemptuous, angry, eyerolling, eyebrow-raising, huffy. Split screen does McCain no good at all.
– McCain harped on the planetarium projector again. Why do the Republicans hate public science education so much?
– McCain once again blamed Obama for the McCain campaign’s negative ads. Obama did not take that bait.
– Obama, when pushed, expressed concern about the “Kill him!” rally remarks. McCain giggled.
– Obama first up to handshake at the end.
ObamaMcCain shook violently, grinning like a chimp, and yelling “Good job! Good job!” like he was talking to a klutzy but well-meaning toddler.