7:28PM Obama is also droppin’ all his G’s. Nerves?
7:27PM Obama says “we’re gonna have to prioritize.” And then he refuses to prioritize, too. This is a clumsy, terrible answer.
7:25PM McCain just mentioned reaching across the aisle to Russ Feingold and Ted Kennedy and… 10,000 Republicans just decided to stay home on November 4.
7:24PM McCain just refused to set spending priorities, while fiddling with something and avoiding the camera. That looked not so good.
7:23PM “Three million dollars for an overhead projector” for some pork barrel thing in Illinois. Obama just smiled.
7:22PM McCain is blasting, just blasting Obama on spending.
7:21PM Obama: “I’m going to spend some money on the key issues.” Uh… Congress spends the money. Is he reading Biden’s version of the Constitution? Also, he’s promising net cuts in spending. I don’t even buy that one when Republicans say it.
7:19PM “How can we trust either of you when both parties got us into this global economic crisis.” Obama: “LOOK!” He was just buying time, but it sounded really defensive. Oh, and do a shot for Obama saying, “You’re right.”
7:18PM Take a shot every time McCain uses any variation on the word “crony.” PJ Media, it’s affiliates, employees and advertisers cannot be held responsible for any alcohol poisoning. Closed course, professional driver.
7:16PM Before I do that, however… Obama just claimed he TRIED and FAILED to get more regulations. Effective much, junior senator? Now I’m going to go get that drink.
7:15PM Obama is still trying to blame everything on deregulation, when talking about what might be the most heavily regulated industry in the US. Sigh. I need to refill my martini.
7:15PM Obama: “Oliver, let me tell you what’s in this rescue package for YOU.” A brand new car! Pander-city.
7:14PM To his credit, McCain is talking specifics on fixing the credit crisis, and his trying to affix blame and take some credit.
7:13PM McCain is pinning the crisis on Obama’s “cronies and friends.” Name names, John!
7:13PM The second questioner looks terrified. I know I would be. The again, I drink. McCain’s answer is defending his decision to suspend his campaign to go back to Washington… but I’m not sure how smart it is to remind voters of the silliest move of his campaign.
7:12PM “A middle class tax cut to 95% of working Americans.” Just how big does Obama think the middle class IS?
7:11PM Obama slyly admitted that he knows Warren Buffett on a first-name basis. Very reassuring. Very clever.
7:10PM McCain says we need somebody we can trust. Is this a segue into Obama’s strange allies? No, he’s talking about Meg Whitman — and it took even me a moment to remember just who she is.
7:08PM “We’ve got to do something about home values.” And protect retirees. And buy a bunch of mortgages back. And other stuff. And this is why I hate town hall debates — they always turn into a spending spree.
7:07PM McCain looks stiff walking around. I know that’s due to his war injuries, but it’s not good television. “Let’s not raise taxes on anybody today…” and constrain spending, too.
7:06PM “Let the markets run wild and prosperity will rain down on all of us.” THAT’S what the last eight years have been about. Coulda fooled me. However, Obama deftly turned his half-truth into a call for more “oversight.” Tell that to your buddy Barney, buddy.
7:05PM “Worst crisis since the Great Depression.” Oh, really?
7:05PM I missed the first question, busy trying to be funny. Sorry. But it’s not like Obama will answer it.
7:04PM Obama won the coin toss. I think Tom said, “Heads Obama wins, tails McCain loses.”
7:03PM Brokaw says no hootin’ or hollerin’ in the hall, but there are no constraints for us watching at home. I’m going to bill him two grand after I throw my shoe through the television.
7:02PM I don’t know how Brokaw does it. I want to look that good when I’m 90. Assuming they have robot livers by then.
6:59PM Mort Kondracke says McCain needs to play the experience card. But might that open him open to getting trumped by the age card? It’s a helluva box he’s in.
6:57PM McCain’s other problem is that he keeps switching strategy, and for no good reason. He tried running against the MSM at the convention, then he ran against Wall Street, now he’s maybe going to run against Obama’s friends… he’s got to come up with a good plan, and stick to it for the next 27 days.
6:54PM Only Brokaw knows the questions in advance. Presumably though I’m guessing the questioners have at least some idea. Oh, and Fox says they know, too. And so all the other networks must know. This is how Brokaw keeps secrets?
6:53PM That “Other McCain” vouches for my alcohol consumption during these liveblogs.
6:51PM Here comes Brit and his panel of experts. Again, we have no idea how many of them are using vodka or steroids or anything.
6:50PM According to the specialists at Fox, McCain “has to do well tonight.” Ya think?
6:49PM Jules Crittenden is liveblogging, too. No word, however, if he has any cocktails, painkillers, household pets, or barnyard animals.
6:48PM Obama reportedly told his economic team that he wants “new ideas.” Can we start by maybe stuffing a sock in Barney Franks’s mouth? Hmm… somehow bondage is becoming a recurring theme tonight.
6:41PM If Dick Morris doesn’t go away soon, I’m switching over to C-SPAN a week early.
6:40PM My man-crush on Brit Hume is showing, as again I’m enduring half an hour of Bill O’Reilly just so I can see Brit later on Fox News. Next week’s debate — C-SPAN and that public service hunk, Brian Lamb.
6:38PM On the other side, the Mainstream Media is in the bag for Obama. And that bag is in a tank. And that tank is tethered directly to the Obama campaign. Not even Houdini could get out of that one. So keep your eye on Tom Brokaw, and keep a very close eye out for ringers.
6:37PM Before I get too looped for real analysis, let’s talk about bondage. Sort of. McCain’s in a box tonight. He has to attack, but the town hall format isn’t very friendly to that sort of thing. That’s a problem for him.
6:35PM Do me a favor, please. I hear our servers have been beefed up since last week, but try not to hit “Refresh” more than every two or three minutes. That old Amiga 500 can take only so much.
6:32PM Over at GayPatriot, there’s another world’s first — puppy blogging. Yes, puppy blogging.
6:31PM (All times Mountain) I’ve got half a deep dish pizza and a third of a martini in me. I think that’s enough to get into the pre-show hostilities festivities.