Tragedy Tomorrow…

Comedy tonight.  Can anyone tell me where that phrase originated?  Otherwise, I’m running with the first season of the Muppet Show, which I’m going to guess is terribly wrong.

Anyway.  In four and a half hours we’re going to see the presidential candidates go at it for the first time, head to head, no holds barred (With McCain, this last bit may actually be something of a reality.  Note to the hosts… don’t let any folding chairs within this man’s reach).  And I guess that means that we’ll be doing a little liveblogging tonight.

As always, my ability to liveblog depends on if I can find a working live feed.  It is also open for anyone to join in and participate.  Our liveblogs operate much like an open thread; we do everything in the comments section so that anyone who wants to jump in is free to do so as long as you keep your language relatively clean, and don’t try and sell our readers porn.

Assuming everything comes off without a hitch, I’ll put up the liveblog post at about 8:30pm EST, and we’ll go from there.

And since we’re talking about the debate, check out this memo from the Obama campaign:

Already declaring victory before the debate has even started, in ads running on the Wall Street Journal website, John McCain meets Barack Obama tonight to debate foreign policy – McCain’s professed area of expertise. 


The centerpiece of John McCain’s campaign has been his more than a quarter century of experience in Washington learning about and debating foreign policy.   If he slips up, makes a mistake, or fails to deliver a game-changing performance, it will be a serious blow to his campaign.   Given his unsteady performance this week, he desperately needs to win this debate in a big way in order to change the topic and get back to his home turf.


For eight years, McCain has marched in lockstep with every single major Bush decision, while Barack Obama opposed the war in Iraq from the beginning and has called for a focus on Afghanistan and al Qaeda.  Americans want to know whether John McCain will stop spending $10 billion in Iraq while the Iraqi government sits on a $79surplus and our economy is in turmoil.  Will he continue a policy that has taken our eye off al Qaeda and Afghanistan, and let Iran make progress in building a nuclear weapon?  Will he continue the cowboy diplomacy and empty bluster that has shredded our alliances and set back our standing in the world?  The fact is, John McCain will continue more of these same failed foreign policies. Barack Obama will lead us in a new direction.


On the economy, McCain’s words and actions over the course of the past week have illuminated his lack of expertise.  He admitted he does not understand the economy — his erratic, out-of-touch behavior this week, his failure to do anything of substance to move the agreement forward on the bailout, and his commitment to continuing Bush economic policies, demonstrate it.  But there are some questions we might see answered tonight after McCain’s misadventure to Washington and the phony ‘suspension’ of his campaign.  For example, will McCain finally say where he stands on the unworkable and counterproductive House Republican plan?  Will he be willing to buck his own party?

And then it goes on to say that McCain is a master debater while Obama is lucky if he can form cogent sentences in a debate format.  Yeah, I’ll run with it.

See ya tonight!

9 Responses to “Tragedy Tomorrow…”

  1. griche says:

    The phrase “tragedy tomorrow” is from the opening song of the musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” The song is called “Comedy Tonight.”

  2. carol says:

    comedy tonight is a song from the musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

  3. Hmmmm…

    I’ll have to look that up, thanks guys!

  4. Kathy says:

    Well, I could say it’s from “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” too, which is what I was going to do, but I see I’ve been beaten to the punch — twice.


  5. radical_Moderate says:

    Let’s just hope that the “Obamanator” shows up and NOT the “Absent Minded Professor.” McCain’s short, concisive replies (no matter how wrong headed) tend to play well with an electorate that by and large looks upon nuance suspiciously…

  6. I’m with you RM, though, I can’t be sure I’ve ever seen the “Obamanator” in a debate.

    Anyway, I’m watching CNN’s live feed right now, it seems to be working pretty well, and is it me or is the CNN internet lady sporting a Palin-do?


  7. terry says:

    I’m in for liveblogging.

    Anyone know if “Bible Spice” will be in the audience??


  8. No clue, but the liveblogging post is already up! MOUNT UP!

  9. Alan says:

    Yes I think McCain did much better then Obama in the debate especially towards the end. When McCain can go very far back to the Korean war and state the dates, who was the president of the foreign countries, what decisions where made and when these decisions were good or when the decisions were wrong…he was able to state all the different wars, and the names throughout all the different decades…and yes b/c of his Age…Believe it or not his Age is Actually helpful to him. You just really got this knowledgeable sense of McCain last night. Obama kept agreeing with McCain and then went into a lot of rhetoric…I do like Barack and I know it is time for a democrat…but unfortunately Barack is lacking in not only foreign and veteran affairs but even in the economy. That is because McCain is taking a very democratic approach to the economy issues. McCain sounds more independent in his thinking and more of a centralist then Obama. McCain has separated himself from Bush tremendously. McCain even referred to Obama as “stubborn like Bush.” I believe that too b/c McCain always but heads with Bush. But yes I agree at least Obama “held his own” last night. But unfortunately we needed Obama to hit it out of the ball park and that just did not happen. I am confused this election…but God we Trust and may the Best Man Win.

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