That’s Right Nate

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Live Blogging of Vice-Presidential Debate

with 30 comments

I am ready with another dozen doughnuts and many many Mountan Dews to begin live blogging the VP debate.  I’m on my laptop so my typing may suffer.  As always, I have on my Matt Druge reporter hat to put me in the proper journalistic feel.   The debate is in 20 minutes.  I hope you’ll join me for Sarah’s big coming out party.  Biden is going to be slidin’ after tonight.

8:00 – Gwen Ifill is black?  Wow. Who knew?

8:02 – I can call you Betty, and Betty when you call me, you can call me Joe.

8:03 Ifill just plagiarized Charles Dickens

8:04 Biden is already hiding behind Obama.  Why not tell us what YOU think?

8:05 Aw Sarah just mentioned soccer moms.  I love this woman.  John McCain warned everybody 2 years ago about Freddie and Fannie and remains so concerned with the situation that he made sure he had several of their lobbyists on his staff.

8:06 What did Sarah mean that John McCain was putting aside “obsessive politics”

8:08 The fundamentals of the economy is strong because the American workers are strong.  USA #1!!!

8:09 Sarah makes a great point–we need something new.  Somebody like John McCain.

8:10 Sarah is reaching out to both “Joe Six Pack” and the “Soccer moms”.  We all need to be frugal like the Palins.  By working from home, Sarah was able to bill the state of Alaska for thousands of per diem money.  That’s being frugal.

8:12 Biden just called Contingencies (a magazine for actuaries) a major magazine. 

8:14 Wow!  Sarah just said that Obama stopped wanting to raise taxes on people making $42,000 in 2008.  He should have made that public.

8:16 Wasilla’s taxes went down.  That’s good to know.  I had heard they went way up after she built that big hockey rink on land the city didn’t own.

8:18 Its nice that the Palins still consider themselves middle class despite making more money per year than Biden’s net worth.

8:19 Sarah chose to defend McCain’s health program.  Way to go.

8:22 What is Biden talking about?  McCain wouldn’t tax our employer health program.

8:23 Biden couldn’t say characterize–Point Palin!

8:23 Sarah told the oil companies no more greed in her state.  You go girl!  Thank goodness we had Sarah to stop Barack Obama’s tax increase.

8:26 Biden doesn’t think Exxon deserves a $4,000,000,000 tax cut?  Who is he to say?

8:28 I applaud John McCain for suspending his campaign and Sarah Palin for suspending her television appearances to solve the budget crisis.

8:30 I really love the way Sarah answers her own own questions and doesn’t let the moderator bully her into answering the questions she asked.

8:31 She has so much more arctic experience than the other two candidates.

8:32 There are other countries that care less about the environment than we do?  I had no idea.

8:35 Biden doesn’t have the chant right.  That’s why Sarah is such a good cheerleader.  I was worried that with her pageant experience she wouldn’t be ready for a second question.  She’s kicking his butt.

8:37 Biden will never get anywhere if he keeps answering the moderator’s questions.  Palin is so much sharper.

8:38 Sarah would not want to cheapen marriage.  I can’t wait until Bristol marries her baby daddy.  There’s talk about this happenning in the next month.

8:40  It is nice to know that we have gays to support both parties.

8:42 Why would anybody support the Iraqis on a proposal to withdraw our troops from Iraq?  Aren’t they shooting at us?

8:44 What have Obama’s daughters done for the troops in Iraq?

8:45 How would anybody know Sunis and Shi’ites don’t get along?

8:47 If we are building schools in Pakistan we better institute No Child Left Behind

8:48 “And Iran, Iran’s so far away…I couldn’t get away”–I love how she says Iran.

8:50 It is nice to see us Republicans taking on our traditional roles as the defenders of tolerance and women’s rights.

8:51 We’re going to be taking our allies with for any talks (I think that’s Canada, Georgia, Costa Rica, Israel, and Poland)

8:52 Sarah advocates a two state solution for the Palestinians.  If she can live seeing Russia from her kitchen table, the Israelis should be able to live with that too.

8:55 Wow! Finally Palin calls out Obama-Biden on their constant negative attacks.

8:57 You can see Ifill’s left wing bias here.  She keeps asking questions to get Palin to say “nuculer”

8:58 How can the surge not work in Afghanistan if it worked in Iraq?

9:01 It sounds like our surge strategy was taken from our Vietnam strategy.

9:03 I am really impressed.  McCullough not only wrote the best Truman book, he’s replaced McKiernan as army commander in Iraq.

9:04 “It is so obvious I’m a Washington outsider”  — Touche Sarah!

9:06 Biden says “lockstep with Dick Cheney” as if it is a bad thing.

9:07 John McCain knows how to win a war from his time in Vietnam and Biden and Obama can’t touch that.

9:08 I really think “what happens if Obama dies” is not only a legitimate question, but just increased ratings in several states.

9:10 A team of Mavericks.  I like the sound of it.

9:11 I like how Palin goes after government for both not getting out of the way of people and inactivity.  Those are my two pet peeves too.

9:12  “Say it ain’t so..Dogonit”  I think that’s our memorable quote of the night.

9:13  Palin again–Nice!!  Teachers get their “reward in Heaven” and we need to make them more accountable or they’ll get less of it.

9:16  Yes!  She agrees with Palin that the VP isn’t part of the executive brach.  Take that Mrs. Fanuco.  I should have got that right on the Constitution test.

9:18   The VP was more involved in the Legislative branch before that John Adams annoyed everybody.

9:19   Sarah hunts moose.  I don’t see why she’d need health insurance.  I doubt she has any limbs she couldn’t just saw off with a rusty tin can and a bottle of bourbon if the need arose.

9:21  Nice job with the maverick, but we only have 9 more minutes for a POW reference.  Not everybody knows he was a POW because he’s so hesitant to admit it.  You need to do it.

9:23 Romney is supporting McCain now?  Awesome

9:24 Biden keeps spitting out numbers.  When is he going to learn you don’t win debates with facts.

9:27 Come on Sarah–Say POW.

9:28 Biden loved Jesse Helms too.  It speaks to what a great man he was.

9:29 This explains why Sarah appointed so many of her former classmates–they weren’t all Republicans and she needed people she could trust.

9:30 Nice job on Sarah’s part on pointing out that America’s only thought she blew her interview because Couric told her that.  In Alaska you probably have longer sunset years.  Summer lasts like 6 months.

9:31 We’re overtime.  They should just start playing Biden off like they do at the Academy Awards.

Sarah so kicked his ass!!  What did you all think?


Written by thatsrightnate

October 2, 2008 at 6:42 pm

30 Responses

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  1. I’ll be checking in with you in between marking my bingo cards.


    October 2, 2008 at 6:46 pm

  2. Great to hear. Your return is as welcome as Newt Gingrich’s return to national politics.


    October 2, 2008 at 6:55 pm

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  4. Hey, so what is this bingo thing everyone keeps talking about. and whats with c-span not syncing the sound


    October 2, 2008 at 8:06 pm

  5. awww. go sarah wit the shout outs


    October 2, 2008 at 8:13 pm

  6. ouch, the emotion card


    October 2, 2008 at 8:21 pm

  7. and palin recovers


    October 2, 2008 at 8:22 pm

  8. she could have done with out the thank shouts at the end


    October 2, 2008 at 8:35 pm

  9. I thought she was folksy and homey with the shout outs.


    October 2, 2008 at 8:38 pm

  10. yea, and so am not getting extra credit in class tommorow for watching, maybe i should take a copy to my early gov class


    October 2, 2008 at 8:40 pm

  11. but she did really good, and she kept her cool, while badin at the end was starting to get hot headed


    October 2, 2008 at 8:41 pm

  12. and if your still watching, iv counted David Plouffe said “UH…” 19 time before he finished


    October 2, 2008 at 8:48 pm



    October 2, 2008 at 9:01 pm

  14. Sarah Palin is very uneducated on issue when it comes to the U.S.A. She laugh the whole time and right now in America the gas, the unemployment rates is now a time to be playing with people. The poor people are the ones thts always suffering she do not care abt the poor you see what Bush done for us. He going to make sure before he goes out of office he will take all the gas money he can get from the American people. If McCain was to died and Palin over the USA what would happen to our country


    October 2, 2008 at 9:01 pm

  15. Sarah Palin, with her folksy style, has done well to summarize the extent of ignorance in America, especially when it comes to international affairs. Don’t just take my word for it. Check out where facts get lost in the debates, sites like, and Joe Biden is no stranger to misrepresenting the facts, however, the degree of the deception is highest on the McCain-Palin ticket. Oh, and how did Biden keep his cool through the blizzard of misrepresentations of Gov Palin?


    October 2, 2008 at 9:03 pm

  16. Wow… just wow. This is so biased.


    October 2, 2008 at 9:04 pm

  17. biden was direct, while palin was very vague…also palin proving that there is too much conflict on the republican ticket.


    October 2, 2008 at 9:05 pm

  18. Everybody thinks our service men and women want to be in Iraq. Wrong. They are sitting ducks just like in Vietnam. From a vet who has been through hell, I say send McCain and Palin over to live in a hootch. Put them on point. Let them participate in a convoy. Let them shit there britches at the sound of bullets flying buy. Goddamn chicken hawks!!!!

    Mark from Detroit

    October 2, 2008 at 9:05 pm

  19. On another note nicest will not repair America. Palin need to get serious with our country. Palin is lost and if the Mavericks win we are headed for destruction. Everyone better to be prepared. John McCain is 72 Years old and his make up is running out and he is on his last leggg.


    October 2, 2008 at 9:08 pm

  20. palin sure did pat herself on the back alot in regards to alaska, avoiding the topics at hand


    October 2, 2008 at 9:11 pm

  21. And our troops is living over there in pure D hell. There have been so many mothers that have lost there sons in the war. But do McCain and Bush care NO. Palin is lost she probably dont know we are fighting lol.


    October 2, 2008 at 9:13 pm

  22. I just think you’re too hard on poor Sarah. I thought she was adorable.


    October 2, 2008 at 9:18 pm

  23. Palin believes the “surge” worked. Maybe she and McCain need to go to Iraq, announced (i.e. without the shroud of secrecy), and witness what victory really looks like from the ground. Maybe her trust in Gen Petreas supercedes the wishes of the Iraqi people and their current government. She doesn’t mention that there are barriers around neighborhoods and segregation in Iraq which leaves less and less people to be bombed, not to mention the millions of Iraqi emmigrants currently in Jordan, Syria and other surrounding areas. Well, Sarah, if this “surge” was so “successful”, let’s bring the troops home tomorrow. After all, they deserve it.


    October 2, 2008 at 9:23 pm

  24. One thing, your first comment, Gwen Ifill is Black? Wow.
    Makes you look like a racist sir. Neither John McCain, Sarah Palin or any other decent person would want your support.

    the kid

    October 2, 2008 at 9:26 pm

  25. “Adorable” is what we could use in a good friend, a family member, an entertainer. That is not a quality we should ever seek in a VP. For Pete’s sake, this is the 2nd highest job in the nation. If you were a job recruiter, would you hire someone with the “adorable” quality over the candidate with the vision and knowledge at hand to handle the job? I surely hope you would choose the latter when it comes to this high position.


    October 2, 2008 at 9:28 pm

  26. I have to admit the questions posed tonight were good but not enough to really understand to what degree the candidates have made efforts to safeguard the Constitution. When it comes to Guantanamo and extraordinary rendition, or domestic spying, or suspending Habeus Corpus, etc., what efforts have either candidate made to prohibit these insults to our Constitution? It would also be nice if thrid party candidates were allowed to debate. We need to have more dialogue in the debate and not just one VP debate, 3 presidential debates between 4 total people. A country our size and strength can demand so much more.


    October 2, 2008 at 9:34 pm

  27. The fact Gwen Ifill is black doesn’t make me racist sir.

    That’s an interesting question about who I would support in a job interview. I actually did talk about my hiring experiences in another post:


    October 2, 2008 at 9:39 pm

  28. No, racist is “Gwen is black? But she always seemed so clean” or “Well, it’s not like PBS has the money to hire white people.”

    I love the way Palin uses the expression “Well, darn it.” I can’t wait to see how the Putin answers that one at the G8.


    October 2, 2008 at 11:54 pm

  29. I guarantee having already clashed with her over their thin maritime border that Putin is terrified of Palin being elected.


    October 3, 2008 at 5:51 am

  30. I think we are all terrified at the thought of Palin being elected ever again.


    October 7, 2008 at 5:26 pm

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