Live-blogging the Presidential debate w/ kitten

9:12 p.m.  We hear noises upstairs (girls went to bed by 8:30).  We each stall and try to wait to see if the other guy will go deal with it.  Finally when the steps creak on the basement stairs I go and find the girls, who report that we didn’t snuggle on the couch on the porch as we’d said we would.  I hustle them upstairs and tell them we’ll have to do it tomorrow.  Sobbing.  Finally Sarah comes up.  I go down and pause the debate.  We end up losing 7 minutes which we never make up, meaning we’re stuck with the infuriating “Audience Reaction” graph on CNN.

9:29 p.m. Is it really wise for Sarah Palin’s running mate to say “I’m not Miss Congeniality” so often?

9:39 p.m.  Sarah declares that she’s feeling nervous and jittery and wants to make some popcorn to soothe her nerves.  This powdered cheese topping is surprisingly good.  Lose 8 more minutes.

9:52 p.m. Pot Luck comes down the stairs!  Up from his evening nap and ready to party.  Sarah makes me give up one of my Crocs for him to play with.

10:04 p.m.  Cannot stop myself from tracking the Audience Reaction although the graph does not seem to make sense — the colors don’t match up right.  It annoys me to no end that people are sitting there going “oh now Lehrer’s talking, I don’t feel as excited, let me turn this dial down.”  Or is like some kind of lie-detector test where it’s strapped to their chests?

10:12 p.m. It strikes me that Obama is completely holding his own and seeming deeply and precisely informed about all the foreign policy issues.

10:34 p.m. Our minds are blown that McCain tried to insult Obama by comparing him to Bush. (???!!?)

10:41  Pot Luck’s foreign policy is becoming alarmingly aggressive.  Someone needs to explain to this kitten that liveblogging is not a game of hunt the fingers.

10:48 p.m. Sarah points out that McCain gives the impression that he really only cares about veterans.  Freeze ALL spending except for veterans.

11:05 Watching the post-debate talking heads.  Sarah is worried Pot Luck’s legs are too short.  “I think we may have a midget cat here.”  I’m feeling pretty good about the debate.  Did not expect Obama to win big on this one, but he seemed well-informed, authoritative/Presidential, and quite hawkish.

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