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     I'm actually glad the presidential candidates said words. I'm extremely glad that the debate was - relatively - more like a real debate than the excuses for same that have cluttered the electoral road over the past 20 years. Mind you, Jim Lehrer occasionally radiated frustration at both candidates' apparent infacility (that really should be a word) with the idea of direct contact with each other. They became more comfortable with it as the evening went on. I'm confident that if we keep forcing our political candidates to engage on the campaign trail, that good things will, eventually, obtain.
     Watching it on CSpan also cut the amount of spin I had to watch before or after. Actually, shutting the telly off immediately after was the best anti-spin machete available, and I did employ the tactic. But CSpan still gets my vote.
     I'm also pleased with myself. In order to keep from screaming at the television screen - an all-too-common occurrence during broadcast political events here at CasaKaffyr - I sat in front of this here laptop and took notes, as close to verbatim as I could. Of course, with only 90-100 wpm speed (without accuracy; I tend to drop to about 75-80 wpm with accuracy), I knew that what I'd get would be far from perfect. That wasn't the point; as long as I was focusing on the words, I was paying attention to what they said, but not to the point of emotional implosion. I was also too busy to scream and generally get my blood pressure up or my knickers in a twist. My scheme - elegant in its simplicity - worked!  I'll try it with the VP debate now, since I predict my "scream at the screen" reactions could escalate to "throw cats at the screen" reactions. Not good for the screens, or the cats, I suspect.


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Sep. 27th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
My roommate and I did a lot of screaming, I have to say. Did you notice that not only did they not really engage each other, McCain did not look at Obama the entire time? It was weird. I am oddly looking forward to the VP debate, if only because I want Biden to tear her apart.
Sep. 27th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
Part of My Clever Plan involved looking at the computer screen, so I saw less of the body language than I normally might. However, BB mentioned the same thing you did about Senator McCain not directly looking at Senator Obama.
Sep. 27th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
I watched on PBS, and that wasn't bad. I tuned out afterwards, but the bit I did see of analyists wasn't too irritating.

(Though between the three of us we went through two bottles of wine in 90 minutes.)

I got through any annoying points by either bitching to everyone else, or reading out loud the live blog comments on Huffington Post.
Sep. 27th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
HuffPost is wonderful, isn't it? You used whine, I used my fingers, we both got good results.

Wait, that didn't sound right ....
Sep. 27th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
LOL, mine also got some action.

... in that I painted my nails this lovely color during the last 1/3.
Sep. 27th, 2008 04:27 am (UTC)
Oooo...that's pretty!!!!!

(Yes, purple is my favorite color.)
Sep. 27th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC)
It's mine too! Love it.

I'd also recommend this one for when you're in a more sedate mood.
Sep. 27th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
That's lovely. I used to paint my nails on those rare occasions that I had them (I bite my nails, down past the cuticle a lot of the time.) And I loved playing with colors. I remember the weeks I interspersed pink and blue; one finger pink, the next blue, etc.
Sep. 28th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
I only painted my nails when I was a consultant -- and almost always a deep red.
Sep. 28th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
Red seems right for a consultant. Heh.
Sep. 27th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
Pretty, pretty purple! When I remember to paint my nails (which is a very, very rare occurrence) I almost always do purple.
Sep. 27th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
Purple? Sister! Heh.
Sep. 27th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
Me too! :D
Sep. 27th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
I missed most of the debate because I was watching the local football team beat the Edmonton Eskimos.

I did listen to the post-mortem with my wife. She mentioned Obama kept calling McCain John or Jim. Apparently, dividing along party lines, this meant either nothing or was deliberately demeaning. I wonder if refusing to look at your opponent is on the same level or if it is a type of focusing technique?
Sep. 27th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
Would the Winnipeg team be the Blue Bombers still? Probably not, huh?

You're one more person who has noticed Senator McCain's refusal (or inability) to look at Obama. And your wife saw the first of what I predicted to BB would happen: Republicans would interpret the use of McCain's first name as insolent or deliberately demeaning. (Or they'd pretend to be insulted.)
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