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McCain vs. Obama: Part II

I’ll be live-blogging tonight’s debate like I did last time (hopefully), so stay tuned after the debate for my analysis. In the meantime, I whipped up a little program to help me with the live-blogging things I do, and for chuckles I put it up on my website. It’s prerelease, meaning I basically whipped it up in like 20 minutes today so there are probably still bugs. I’ll put code up at some point too. By the way, how awesome is Visual Studio that you can whip up a full Win32-GUI with working controls in less than 20 minutes, and a setup program in less than 10?

  • 8:50 PM: Alright, here we go, live-blogging via NoteTaker. I’ve already had an issue, I compiled this program in .NET 3.5 when I meant to do it in 2.0, meaning I’m having to do this through an RDP session (a .NET 3.5 install takes a long time).
  • 8:50 PM: The CNN panel has agreed on the same thing for the last three days: there will be no hostility at all. Well then, what’s the point?
  • 8:52 PM: “How much do you think the personality thing matters, do you think because of the economic crisis that’s changed somewhat?” Could that be any more of a loaded question? Then again, it is Anderson Cooper.
  • 8:53 PM: They went all the way to Ohio State University, and they couldn’t find a single college student?
  • 8:54 PM: Solidad O’Brien had way too much coffee today.
  • 8:56 PM: Wow, these undecideds seem fairly, uh, decided.
  • 8:57 PM: Oooo, Microsoft Surface for the win. And what is this garbage, are we trying to create another social network on CNN? Why do people still do this? Just build an app for Facebook or Myspace if you have to. What’s next, a Politics MMO brought to you by CNN?
  • 8:59 PM: I wonder how much John King makes per year. He’s probably just one of the IT junkies at CNN who puts on a suit for these broadcasts.
  • 9:00 PM: This town-hall format seems like a dumb idea to me.
  • 9:02 PM: The men disapproved when Tom Brokaw was introduced. That’s awesome. Way to use that technology, CNN. :)
  • 9:03 PM: Wow, could you be more negative, Tom? First question: “The world has changed, and not for the better.”
  • 9:05 PM: No, it hasn’t worked out that way. But what’s the alternative? Communism?
  • 9:08 PM: McCain’s debate skills are really underrated – at least by me. He always looks like he’s old and frail until he starts talking, and then he looks a lot better. His first answer was very good, laying down the specifics of a plan.
  • 9:09 PM: This is what Sarah Palin wasn’t quite able to do last week, rattle off names like this.
  • 9:10 PM: Warren Buffett? Are you kidding me? Someone to “represent the middle class”?
  • 9:10 PM: Obama has attacked twice already, McCain hasn’t attacked at all. And here goes another lie, the famous 95% conundrum.
  • 9:12 PM: BAM. There we go, attack #1.
  • 9:14 PM: Wow, melodramatic much? A million companies affected? That’s garbage.
  • 9:16 PM: Wait, what? “I’m confident about the American economy” from the guy who makes fun of McCain for saying the “fundamentals were strong”?
  • 9:18 PM: This debate is more heated than I thought it would be already.
  • 9:19 PM: Ooo, burn. Teresa Finch hit the nail on the head there: both parties.
  • 9:19 PM: Both parties are responsible, Teresa Finch says, so Obama blames Bush. Nice.
  • 9:21 PM: Obama is really on the defensive tonight… he’s up by 7 points, all he has to do is run out the clock, what’s he doing?
  • 9:21 PM: Bipartisanship = working for the republicans, then the democrats, then the republicans again. :)
  • 9:23 PM: Yeah, John, you both just voted to spend like $900 billion on a bailout.
  • 9:25 PM: McCain is really pushing the phrase “clear record”, returning to the original campaign mantra.
  • 9:26 PM: #1 promise of Democrats entering Congress in 2006: lower gas prices. At the time, it was $2 a gallon. Promise delivered? Way to go, Democrats.
  • 9:27 PM: Obama doesn’t plan on sleeping once he hits the Oval Office, apparently.
  • 9:28 PM: Ooo, burn, Tom Brokaw-style.
  • 9:31 PM: Gosh, how would we get more oil? Anyone? Anyone?
  • 9:33 PM: Shout out to the young people. You know, I feel patriotic without joining the Peace Corps.
  • 9:35 PM: #1 way to get people to contribute: inspiration. How about another space race or something?
  • 9:36 PM: Obama just has this stupid look on this face, like, “What? John? You don’t love me?”
  • 9:40 PM: Answer the question! It’s about social security and we’re talking about taxes again.
  • 9:41 PM: I can’t imagine that Obama is winning this debate right now, although I switched from CNN so I don’t see that bar.
  • 9:41 PM: McCain’s not even answering the question, he’s hitting Obama now.
  • 9:42 PM: Tom Brokaw is taking all this divisiveness personally.
  • 9:44 PM: Environmental issues are stupid. Anyone who isn’t a political moron is of the same opinion: let’s keep our environment. Good plan.
  • 9:47 PM: “Drilling our way out of the problem” isn’t what McCain or Palin suggested. At all.
  • 9:47 PM: Brokaw is really mad about the time limits.
  • 9:50 PM: These are really bad questions by the audience. This is why you have moderators.
  • 9:51 PM: Clearly Barack Obama has never heard of Google Medical.
  • 9:51 PM: Yeah, good luck with that, Barack.
  • 10:15 PM: If you haven’t figured it out already, I gave up the live blog thing. I’m too busy yelling at my TV.

And there you have it. I’ve already voted, I’m getting tired of election season. See you next week for the final debate, the debate to end all debates.

Originally posted on Cleveland, Curveballs and Common Sense on October 7, 2008 at 2:04 PM. Post text content © 2008 Jimmy Sawczuk. All rights reserved.