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Tonight, tonight

Tonight, tonight

Haven’t decided what to do for the debate, which starts at 9 p.m. Eastern.

Live blog? Open thread? Nothing but post-analysis?

So many people will be doing “live blogs” I’m wondering if it makes sense to do that here.

What do you think?

In any event, we will do something.


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Whatever you do have some fun with it. I won’t watch because these things make me nervous.

    ALman in reply to Kitty. | October 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I’ll echo that, except for a different reason. The saying “Talk is cheap!” is my reason. We’ve had so much “cheap talk” from so many, throughout our society and in particular public officials, that I’m only mildly interested in the outcome.

    Besides, I consider these to be debates only in the loosest sense of the term. My vote has been decided and is waiting only to be cast.


      snopercod in reply to ALman. | October 3, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      ALman: Speaking of “talk is cheap”, has put together a long dissertation on The 6 Biggest Debate Promises Obama Failed to Keep .

        ALman in reply to snopercod. | October 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm

        Yep, he over-promised. Yet, by even the most modest of standards, he still has under-delivered.

        Suffice to say, there are still enough who want their ears to be “tickled” they’ll fall for just about anything he says. Whether Mitt will confront, confront, confront to “open” these ears remains to be seen. Todate, it’s been tepid.

    Mary Sue in reply to Kitty. | October 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    My stomach is in knots already. I think I am going to do some yard work to help my nerves. I agree though, let’s try and have some fun with this.

    I don’t care what format you use just so long as we have a place to come so we can react and interact. I will bring the nachos 🙂

    Dr. EBL recommends the following ℞:

    Vodka or gin, over ice, strained, with some olive brine thrown in, into a martini glass. Garnished with three olives.



    GrumpyOne in reply to Kitty. | October 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Kitty, I wouldn’t really worry all that much over this event. If Romney is half as good as he was in the last two debates with Gingrich, he’ll come out fine.

    Remember, words of the candidates themselves will speak more forcefully than the media spin in this type of environment. If you wait until after, well that “spin” might be a different matter.

    Just grab a glass of lemonade, some chips and enjoy the show!

Not sure if I’m going to watch.

-can’t stand the sound of Obama’s voice, nails on chalk board

-Completely biased moderation

-forum allows for Obama to filibuster endlessly and beyond.

FreshPondIndians | October 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Can we can an Obama Bingo game? “Wel-wel-wel-well” can be the center square.

We should round up some “State of the Union Bingo” cards with Dear Leader’s favorite hackneyed phrases on them. Winner gets a beer.

Contest. Possibilities include guessing:

1. the number of “ums” Obama utters,
2. the number of softballs the “moderator” offers up,
3. the number of times Romney ends up debating the “moderator,”
4. the ratio of Bain references to Solyndra references,
5. how long before Mormonism is mentioned in a negative light.

Winner gets to guestblog one post on Saturday morning. In the event of a tie, the winners face off in a lightning round, doing their best Joe Biden or Debbie Wasserman-Shultz impersonation. Post the entries on YouTube and let the voting begin.

Just a thought.

quiksilverz24 | October 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I say live blog. However, no commentary. Only instructions on when to drink. With obama’s catchphrases, we should all be wasted and able to bear it about 15 minutes after the start!

Open thread with at least one (insert drink of choice here) shot call out. May I recommend “Fair Share”? Or would intoxication levels be too dangerous?

Open thread. Give us a place to go “Oh no he di’int”.

I agree with an above poster, have some fun with it. I don’t think I can stomach watching the media’s question.

Have you heard this one: a rumor is going around that Mitt Romney will touch his nose each time Obama tells a mistruth during Wednesday night’s debate. This hasn’t been substantiaed, but might be a reason to watch. (If someone has previously posted this, you have my apology).

9thDistrictNeighbor | October 3, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I’m trying to decide between drinking and popcorn. Drowning my sorrows or political entertainment….

I’ll be at work, so I can just check things out occasionally on the internet.

Personally, I’d like to see Professor J (or Pro-J, as he’s known in the rappers’ world) use the real-time live blog format thingie he used last time for the Warren-Brown debate by himself.

I cherish reading other commenters’ views, but trolls get in and all.

What I’d like to see even more is Pro-J drunkblogging live in real time.

Come on, Professor. Chug that brewski!

“What I’d like to see even more is Pro-J drunkblogging live in real time.”

And I’m sure he’d still make a lot more sense than the liberal bloggers.

    LukeHandCool in reply to Rosalie. | October 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    For sure, for sure!

    And just like in 1976 when Lorne Michaels increased his offer of $3,000 to the Beatles to reunite on SNL to $3,200 a month later …

    I’m willing to make a two-figure pledge if Pro-Jay drunkblogs the debate in one long, rhyming rap session.

Henry Hawkins | October 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm

My preference is that Commander Jacobson (field promotion – congratulations!) completely disconnect and pay 100% attention to the debate, then do a post-debate analysis. Any LI live blogging could be ably handled by any of the LI contributors.

I choose to get a good night’s sleep and ignore the debate. This process has already taken long enough, and I’ve paid attention. Now it’s just a matter of waiting until election day.

I’ve always thought that Steve Green (a.k.a. Vodkapundit) had the live (drunk) blogging field sewn up. My choice is “Open Thread”.

“A classic debate has two teams (or two people) debating an agreed-upon topic for an agreed-upon amount of time.”
…but a presidential “debate” has TWO lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist extremists working together against ONE Republican – and, even worse, one of the TWO is the “moderator.”

As for what happens here, the post-debate analysis is most important to me – I’d like to see your opinions on the event.

    ALman in reply to MicahStone. | October 3, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    I’d like to see a “tag-team” debate. In this corner, we have Obam/aBiden. And, in this corner, we have Palin/Ryan (yes, that’s no typo, Palin. Would have like to have seen her debate Obama on 2008)! Think there would be some “fireworks”?

9thDistrictNeighbor | October 3, 2012 at 1:35 pm

I do enjoy the Professor’s, ahem, er… the Commander’s tweets.

I won’t be watching it. I’m sure I have more productive things to do. (Watching oil paint dry comes to mind….)

It’s not a real debate anyway. Bambi would implode in a real debate (he may anyway).

That said, I agree with Henry Hawkins above.

Does it matter? For us hyper-partisans, no. Obama’s got to go, period. Plus, the spin from the legacy media will not declare Mitt the winner, in any circumstance. For them, a worse case scenario in that the debate ends in a draw – which should be seen as an Obama loss.

I will be watching and biting my nails.

Or bullshit bingo. Suggest a game link. Request a rush job.

ShakesheadOften | October 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm

I’ve got “Let me be clear” on my Obama-bingo card.

Just got polled. It was a pleasure to tell the phone interviewer that I was voting for Romney.

Probably not too many of us in New York state.

My prediction: Romney tries too hard but holds his own. Misses opportunities left and right. Conservatives pull their hair out. Obama drones and lies. A talky and anti-climactic draw. On we mush.

DINORightMarie | October 3, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I will be watching; whatever you decide is fine by me! I had already planned on live-blogging at your site…..never occurred to me that you wouldn’t. 😉

But a blog post with updates at the breaks is good, too – that worked quite well with the Republican primaries, IMHO.

And of course, the drinking games! Must have some drinking game catch-phrases! Bush, prior administration, Bain, Wall Street….just some suggestions.

Of course, the MSM has already decided that Mitt has lost, that Obama won, and the poll figures to show a “post-debate bump” with Obama WAAAAY up are in…already! – a foregone conclusion, a done-deal. Yeah. Too predictable, these media types (not journalists – NEVER call them that!).

Let’s hope fighting Mitt shows up, and knocks the block off the campaigner-in-chief! Could be quite a night! 😀

Obama’s Intrade odds have dropped from 7:2 to 7:3. That’s still a long way from the 11:9 back when the Romney campaign was rolling smoothly, but IMHO this far from the election the trend is more important than the absolute numbers.

There’s plenty of time for each candidate to peak too soon. 😉

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Dr.J…Keep it current as the debate commences. I hate the bloody things and will not object to my Baseball Nutcase Wife watching end-of-the-regular-season games tonight. Just give me–and commenters here like me–as-it-happens updates. If you say that Mitt is stomping the crap out of The Anointed One, I’ll beg for the TV wand and check the drama.

Speaking of having fun with the debates, my company Azymous Interactive just released “Presto Politics”, which is an iPhone and Android app designed to make watching the debates fun. With it you can “boo”, “mock”, “clap”, or “cheer” your candidate; reactions are tracked worldwide to see who’s really winning. It’s a lot of fun and you can find it on the Apple App store at or for Android at (And as for my company Azymous Interactive, as a matter of fact I really did build it! Just ask my wife!)

2nd Ammendment Mother | October 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm

I recommend watching while enjoying a nice Hoover Chicken and a bottle (or 3) of wine and then shots of something stronger. Finish with a slice of chocolate cake.

It’s a little late in the afternoon, but I recommend Instapundit’s recipe for a nice chicken dinner:

BannedbytheGuardian | October 3, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I like the Bingo card from Shakesheadoften.

Get family & friends to all write phrases on 10 cards .

When uttered by O or R the first to put all 10 out on the table wins.

Then have a drink .

Do not watch Tv discussions afterwards.

Consider ignoring the debate itself, and concentrate on the spin (on either side) from the mainstream and new medias. Personally, I’ve already made up my mind on who I am voting for, and 3 1 to 2 hour debates isn’t going to change my opinion on the last 4 YEARS of failure by the current administration.

Why waste time with reality? Just call 1-800-Stephanopolis to get the low-down on Obama’s overwhelming victory tonight.

Of course, victory was already assured this morning by every liberal media outlet I can think of…

2nd Ammendment Mother | October 3, 2012 at 8:35 pm

I wonder which reporters will do their write ups from the prepared transcript and not watch the tape?