I had a lot of trouble finding the second presidential debate online (the C-Span embedded video on RCP had the volume set so low I couldn't hear anyone, and no apparent way to turn it up). Once I did manage to track it down, I wished I hadn't--because I was turning it off in disgust before the candidates had even finished with the first question.
This race is over.
John McCain and Sarah Palin have both had a problem throughout this campaign answering a straight question. In Palin's case, it's not an unreasonable expectation for someone who was thrown in the deep end a little over a month ago--and to compensate, over that month she's demonstrated a very short learning curve, which suggests McCain did indeed make the right pick for his running mate.
McCain's case, however, is another story--and rarely was the disconnect more evident than on the first question. What's the fastest, best way to "bail out" older and retired citizens whose savings have been decimated by the market crash?
McCain's answer: Reduce dependence on foreign oil.
...I'm sorry. WHAT?
Forget not answering the question. This was so far out of touch, Barack Obama should be taking that clip and running it as a TV ad for the rest of the campaign. On the very first question of the debate--when everyone tuned in was still watching--John McCain shot himself in the head.
This is a disaster for the country in so many ways.
An Obama administration will be a disaster for the pro-life movement.
It will be a disaster for the First Amendment.
It will be a disaster for the economy.
It will be a disaster for national security.
It will be a disaster for global security.
I'm hard-pressed to think of a way an Obama administration won't be a disaster.
But make no mistake--come January 2009, there will be an Obama administration.
May the good Lord have mercy on our souls.