Besides my snippy jokes about McCain's awful tie and being annoyed with Obama for overplaying his respect for McCain, here's what substance I got from that debate.
McCain's plan is to cut all government spending except for throwing money at the war, expanding the war, and shoring up Wall Street & big corporations. That's not what I want to hear! And that's not what I think should happen.
I also heard McCain try to say he knew exactly what to do and had been doing everything right. Then how come McCain voted 90% of the time with Bush? I don't see how he gets around that. He was part of everything that has run this country into the ground.
McCain claimed he knows how to "heal the wounds of war". But all he talked about was how horrible and dangerous other countries is. I got the feeling he was about to declare war on Russia right then and there. It was more like pathetic posturing and chest beating at the very moment when the country can't even pay for the war we're in! Meanwhile people are dying, how are you going to heal that? By whipping everyone up into a frenzy of fear and declaring war on like 7 other countries? Great job!
Obama was not afraid to say that the war was and is a giant mess. We need to get out of Iraq. Trickle-down economics isn't going to work right now. Instead go forward with energy research, science & education. Really fund alternative energy sources. Cut taxes for most PEOPLE in the country... so they can build up their lives. And close the loopholes that let GIANT CORPORATIONS evade their taxes.
it was really a pretty boring debate but it did mostly stick to major issues. I enjoyed the Twitter stream for Election 08 a lot, with criticisms and triumph and snark from all sides.
Here's the best moment of the debate:
Here's a good summary of the whole debate, point by point, from the Boston Globe.