American Debate Archive: September, 2008

Owning the failure

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In the closing moments of the presidential debate last Friday, John McCain said something that now seems particularly ironic. He told the... Read more

Palin and the cringe reflex

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Over Labor Day weekend, during the first burst of Palin-mania (remember that?), I played the contrarian and suggested in this space that... Read more

The important impressionistics

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The first presidential debate, bottom line: Barack Obama, while not exactly delivering a standout performance for the ages, essentially... Read more

Cut and run, the sequel

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News item, Friday morning: John McCain says he's satisfied with the progress on the bailout talks in Washington, and therefore intends to... Read more

Multi-tasking in American history

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Barack Obama, while assessing John McCain's attempt to cut and run from the Friday night presidential debate, contended yesterday that both... Read more

Translating McCain's cut-and-run gambit

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News item, Wednesday afternoon: John McCain announces that he is "suspending" his presidential campaign in order to return to... Read more

McCain's cars and the Michigan factor

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Some new numbers are out, and they show John McCain defeating Barack Obama by a margin of 13-1. But this isn't about votes. It's about cars... Read more

Defining moments and lingering impressions

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The debate season is nearly upon us - it starts this Friday evening, and ends on Oct. 15 - and it's not hyperbole to suggest that the outcome... Read more