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Ever since Sen Obama has become the nominee of our party and John McCain of his I couldn't help but laugh out loud about how polar opposite these two men are.

On one side you have a 6'2, 47 year old, black seasoned politician from Chicago. On on the other side you have a 72 year old, white 3 term U.S Senator, with millions of dollars.

The race to me is starting to resemble the final season of the West Wing, when it was the young Latino star of the Democratic party versus the old establishment candidate of the GOP.

As all of us political observers know we have the first debate coming up this Friday in Oxford, MS between the two candidates about foreign policy, the debate will be 90 minutes and hosted by PBS News Hour host Jim Lehrer.

I think Sen McCain's clear misunderstanding of not only the economy but foreign policy will be put on display for all of America to see, he will not have any teleprompters around to struggle to read from and he won't have Joe Lieberman next to him to whisper in his ear the difference between a Shia and a Sunni.

I know some people are expecting Sen Obama to not do too well in the debates because his answers sometime tend to be long winded, but I am fully expecting him to come out hard against John McCain and make him look like the out of touch, divorced from reality U.S Senator that he  is.

When people see the stark contrast between Barack Obama and John McCain, from the clear age difference (which is probably not fair) and grasp of the issues many will make up their minds right then and there.

Originally posted to winner21 on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 10:58 AM PDT.

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  •  how much of the debate (2+ / 0-)
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    bhumiya, helleborine

    will actually be between McCain and McCain?

  •  I hope he rants against latin america's Zapatero (6+ / 0-)


    Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happy Hour

    by PerryX on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 11:05:21 AM PDT

  •  age difference *is* fair as a consideration. (2+ / 0-)
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    serrano, MKSinSA

    the presidency is an extremely stressful and demanding position.

    does mccain have the stamina to actually serve in the role?

    i don't think so. (and that's not because i'm an obama supporter.)

    i would agree that obama shouldn't make it an issue. but i think people need to keep it in mind.

    "president palin" doesn't seem to be playing in peoria.

    "I mean, baffle grab on the freak flake. Really." --Leonard Pitts

    by birdbrain64 on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 11:06:40 AM PDT

  •  I absolutely (2+ / 0-)
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    Arken, bluestateonian

    cannot wait for this debate!!

    Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds - Albert Einstein

    by s marie on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 11:06:49 AM PDT

  •  McFalfa's ready for the debate! (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Although this debate will be about foreign policy (0+ / 0-)

    I am hoping that the moderators will inject a few economy-related questions. I really don't see how it can be escaped, given the events of the past few days.

    Proud Obama Supporter Columbus, Ohio

    by Stella 4 Obama on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 11:08:20 AM PDT

  •  You know..... (1+ / 0-)
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    Old Gardener

    The Mississippi 'debate' is no contest. Night and day, and you know which is which. McCain, the sad old goat, is mentally disorganized, very shallow and even pathetic. Just like the Repulibcans to nominate someone like that.
     Obama is smart, beautifully educated, a lover of the common man, and he's been there, and the clear front runner. I don't measure polls, I look at money raised and audience numbers. You look at those truly fundamental factors, and Obama is going to win this race handily.
      I am sure he'll be polite to McCain, but it will be no contest. They should have the election this next week-end. I am sick of it, aren't you?
    santa fe

  •  Obama was just OK in the primary debates, but (1+ / 0-)
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    I think this will be quite different.  He had a lot of debates with Hillary, when on a policy level, the two of them were quite close.

    Not so with McCain.  There's plenty to talk about, and the arguments are on Obama's side on the merits.  

    I would expect, however, for him to turn many of the foreign policy issues back onto economic questions.  We can't afford to spend $10B a month in Iraq, etc.  The US economic discussion is right in his wheelhouse.  

  •  John McCain is a seasoned (2+ / 0-)
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    veteran and a great debater. If he does not come out of the debates with a 15 point bounce in the polls, I will be shocked and it will be a tremendous underperformance, spelling disaster for his campaign. If Barack Obama just holds it close against McCain, Obama will have won the day.

    NMDad's comments have not been approved by the Obama campaign.

    by NMDad on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 11:10:53 AM PDT

  •  Obama's gotta keep the answers pithy. (0+ / 0-)

    Less Professor Obama, more Obama, Attorney-at-law.

    "I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear, that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States..."

    by dlh77489 on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 11:12:54 AM PDT

  •  Arnie Vinick was a real Maverick. (1+ / 0-)
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    McCain just plays one on TV.  So, there's where your West Wing comparison falls apart.

    "I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear, that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States..."

    by dlh77489 on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 11:13:40 AM PDT

  •  questions (2+ / 0-)
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    actually going to be tough, or will they be toss ups?

    also, will palin's beehive hide her wire better than bush's "mystery bulge"?

    •  I'm still convinced thats what the glasses are. (0+ / 0-)

      A wire.

      I have my doubts that someone as obviously vain as Sarah Palin would wear glasses.

    •  Can't believe how fast diaries disappear (1+ / 0-)
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      in the time it takes me to write out a comment longer than LOL.

      I think debates confirm people's choices rather than sway them. Otherwise, yes, Gore and Kerry wiped the floor with Bush and should be President.
      This may be why its important that Obama be LEADING in various national polls going into the debates this week.

      Now on the electronic side of things--meaning the Bush Black box debate approach. When (NOT IF) the Repugs try another one like this I expect their equipment and execution will be better. Palin's glasses and her hair conveniently falling over her ears gives her a major advantage for stealth. They'd say, "It is so incredibly sexist to even suggest a female FBI agent conduct a strip search on Governor Palin before the debate. We have her honor as a woman and as a Christian, and thats good enough for us." (It would be humiliating.... but we're talking Bush/Cheney/Rove/Schmidt here.)

      McCain's POW injuries that restrict his arm movements give them a chance to say, "That bulge there? Look, John doesn't like to talk about it but he wears a brace and some other medical stuff from when he was in prison....for 5 1/2 years....It would be humiliating to him to force him to strip down before the debates." (And it would be--but we're talking Bush/Cheney/Rove/Schmidt here.)

      So what about ECM (electronic counter measures)? I've read that in Japan theater owners in order to shut down cell-phone activity during movies have installed some sort of electronic dampening shield/scrambler along the walls and ceilings of their theaters to block the frequencies that carry phone calls.
      Does Obama have an ECM team of Stanford engineering students already staking out the debate venues? Could something be installed that isn't turned on until the debates actually start on live TV (thereby lessening chances of detection)? Could, say, the MIT/FBI counter-measures team also have equipment up and running to triangulate the position of any transmissions to McCain/Palin, with a judge and pre-printed warrants at the ready. Find a transmission source at the Bridal Suite of the No-Tell Motel of Dewdrop, Mississippi (suburb of Oxford, MS--1st debate site), fill in the address, the judge signs, and Patrick Fitzgerald and a team of g-men burst in to find David Vitter on the bed in diapers being stroked by a loofah held by...well, you know...and KKKarl, Schmidt, Cheney, and "Stilts" Perino all wearing headsets, watching the tube and feeding answers to McPalin. Governor Don Siegelman is one of many on hand with a video camera whirring away.

      So how about Kossacks? What could be done electronically to isolate the debate sites from outside coaching? Could the bad guys rotate transmission points to make detection harder? What electronic devices will the audience be allowed to carry into the hall?


      Obama/Biden= minimum 350 electoral votes on election day.

      "God has given wine to gladden the hearts of people." Psalm 104:15

      by WineRev on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 11:33:21 AM PDT

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  •  Just curious (0+ / 0-)

    I know Granholm is standing in for Palin in debate prep with Biden.  Who is standing in for McSame?

  •  I'm really looking forward to the debate (1+ / 0-)
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    especially as a Mississippi resident (we never get anything this important here!).  I think Obama will do much better than he did in his primary debates, particularly on the issue of longwindedness.

    McCain is going to do nothing but try to trap Obama on the surge working/not working.  There's obviously an easy answer, distinguishing the military success from the (lack of substantial) political success, so I hope Obama doesn't get bogged down in having to defend his stance on the surge the entire debate.  

    They (some 527) has been running ads about the Surge down here in MS the last couple of weeks, juxtaposing Obama quotes saying the surge hasn't worked (with a VERY old and out of context quote) with His Holiness Petraeus saying the military objectives are working.

    If we end up talking about real world issues, I think Obama could tear McCain apart.  Obama's the only candidate that's mentioned foreign policy in any context other than who we should bomb next, so that will hopefully work out well.

    John McCain on Iraq. Not leaving. Ever.

    by DargInMS on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 11:24:32 AM PDT

  •  Good question (0+ / 0-)

    I wonder who is standing in for John McCain for Barack Obama's mock debates, anybody know? I also wonder how Granholm acts in her mock debates?

  •  Obama will be Much Better than in primary debates (0+ / 0-)

    He was pulling his punches and trying very hard not to beat up on Hillary and alienate her supporters.  It was the smart strategy in that situation, but I think he understands that Americans right now are looking for decisiveness, confidence, and leadership (in addition to knowledge of policy areas), so I think he'll be crisp and aggressive in pinning McCain to Bush and his disasters.  McCain will almost certainly look at some point old, confused, and angry.  I will be shocked if this is not a clear and dramatic win for Obama---one that continues his upward momentum in the national polls.

    Dulce bellum inexpertis [War is sweet only to those who have no experience of it].

    by Fatherflot on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 12:32:57 PM PDT

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