9 thoughts on “Who won the debate?

  1. Obama won the debate: he is a gengleman and kept saying “John is absolutely right” meanwhile, John kept putting him down with insulting words like “naive” etc I am disappointed in him.

  2. Note to readers: beware of taking the clip in 3 very seriously. It looks to me as though a slightly fresher person would have put in “alleged” before “muslim”. From the point of view of linguistic theory, the slip is not revelatory of anything.

  3. The Language Log had a good explanation of the “slip.” I especially liked comment #30 about Inspector Cloussea and “my dog.”

    On the topic of “winning”, I’m still unclear on the criterion for a debate win, except for resultant poll numbers. There were so many facts misrepresented and bad arguments that it’s difficult to see either candidate as presenting an argument and successfully defending it…

  4. McCain won hands down. Barack Obama is the most under prepared presidential candidate in history. Why doesn’t he speak to the fact that won his Senate seat through a series of lucky breaks as both of his major political rivals were done in by damaging allegations from former spouses? What about Senator Alice Palmer introducing Obama to influential liberals in their district by hosting a function at the home of Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. Ayers and Dohrn, the famous radicals, and fugitives from the law of the 70s, now that’s judgment! There is no forgetting that Obama was a member in a church that supported anti-American and anti-Semitic hate speeches given by his long-time advisor, Reverend Wright. Sorry and to think that Reverend Wright might give the sermon at the White House inauguration with Bill Ayers, Louis Farrakhan and Tony Rezko by his side, no thanks! Forget Sarah Palin for VP on the Republican ticket, what about this Obamanation? Hillary said it all – In the White House, there is no time for speeches and on the job training. Senator McCain will bring a time of experience to the campaign. I will bring a lifetime of experience and Senator Obama will bring a speech he gave in 2002. Where’s Hillary?

  5. I say Barack Obama. Clearly the most intelligent, graceful under pressure and he has more thoroughly investigated his challenges.

    Add to that, last night’s content is supposed to be McCain, the warmonger’s, strongest subject and Obama will be like cream and rise to the top–where he belongs.

    McCain has shown his true colors and decision-making ability by picking Sarah Palin as his running mate. That sums it all up right for McCain.

  6. Seems like this topic is only useful for baiting people like Reanna to come out and prove that their preferred candidate could have turned up naked and proposed death to America and they would still think they won.

    Anyway, as Orlando said – the winner is something like “whoever’s poll numbers go up afterwards”.

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