Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Debates

Just heard that last night's presidential debate had more viewers than any presidential debates since 1992. According to Nielsen, about 52 million tuned in. That's quite a few less than what was reported for the Palin/Biden debate.

The Republicans claim that support for Palin is the reason why 70 million viewers tuned in to watch the Vice Presidential Debates. Talk about spin! I'd be willing to bet that a majority of those 70 million viewers tuned in to see if Palin was as bad as Tina Fey portrays her to be.

Have to say that I was disappointed that Palin did as well as she did. I'm not saying she did great, but she did manage--for the most part--to avoid coming off as bad as she did in either the Charles Gibson or Katie Couric interviews. That's hardly a home run.

I only watched the first hour or so of the Obama/McCain debate last night. It's interesting to me that McCain wanted the town hall format. Staying behind a podium would have worked much better for him. As it was, we watched him totter aimlessly around the stage. You couldn't help but notice how vital and robust Obama looked by comparison. It shouldn't matter, and it wouldn't were it not for the specter of a President Palin.

It takes one to know one. I have to say, however, that compared to McCain, I'm a teddy bear rather than...

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