More Debate Reax
Radley Balko has the best substantive analysis:
Obama’s answer on the “Obama Doctrine” sounded like it was written by Sarah Palin. He clearly didn’t have an answer about what criteria he’d use in determining which humanitarian crises are worthy of U.S. military force. He was all over the place. What we’re left is, then, is, “Iraq never posed a threat to the security of the United States. Which is why we should have sent troops to Darfur, instead.”
The most depressing part of the night for me was watching CNN’s real-time reaction from undecided Ohio voters. When Obama promised health care for everyone, promised that you could also keep your employer-sponsored health-care, promised to do all of this and bring health care costs down (he really must be Jesus), and capped it all off with a pledge to maintain the current system of employer-sponsored health care, his ratings were off the charts. The Ohio group gave McCain his strongest marks when he promised to buy up all the troubled mortgages. Is there any way to pull off this “democracy” thing without using actual voters?
Kerry Howley has the best line on the aesthetics:
I like how Tom Brokaw keeps saying that questions “come from the internet.” I picture lolcats shoving bottled messages through a series of vacuum tubes.