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.