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“Familes Are Being Crushed”: A Debate-Night Live Blog

The wreckage of Malort (not from the Occupied Chicago Tribune debate party). (Photo: Scott Fitzgerald, Creative Commons)

The wreckage of Malort (not from the Occupied Chicago Tribune debate party). (Photo: Scott Fitzgerald, Creative Commons)

As some two politicians take to national TV to discuss the country’s woes, Occupied Chicago Tribune contributing editor Nick Burt offers running comment on tonight’s presidential debate.

7:56 p.m. Democratic campaign spokeswoman, prefacing the debate: “The American people are going to see the choice they’ll have in November.” Indeed, that’s why Occupied Chicago Tribune staff are watching with a bottle of Wild Turkey 101.

8:03 p.m. Moderator Jim Lehrer says questions for tonight’s debate were submitted “through the internet… and other means.” Carrier pigeons. Telepathy. Messages scrawled on the doors of bathroom stalls.

8:06 p.m. Can almost hear Romney repeating in his head, “Break the ice with a joke, Mitt!”

8:18 p.m. Wishing desperately, along with probably plenty of the Republican base, for the Herman Cain Train to crash the show.

8:25 p.m. Romney says, “Let’s look at history.” Ignoring that Obama just made a Donald Trump joke.

8:26 p.m. Romney complains that there are 47 million people on food stamps. Living in a country of 311 million means Romney can afford to shoot higher.

8:28 p.m. First full-blown face-palm of the night

8:35 p.m. Obama decries schools with more than 40 kids in classrooms, students getting decade-old textbooks. Same guy who refused to take a side when Chicago Teachers Union brought up the same damned issues.

8:38 p.m.

8:46 p.m. When Romney goes on the attack, Obama looks down at the desk guiltily. When Obama goes after Romney, the governor just smiles weakly, like a nursing home resident too polite to tell her visitors that she’s deaf; just blinking, waiting it out.

8:49 p.m. Too much Paul Ryan talk. Taking shot of Malört.

8:50 p.m. Lehrer wraps up Medicare debate by asking candidates, “Can we say there is a clear difference between the two of you?” Candidates: “Uh, sure.”

8:51 p.m. Romney gives a well-deserved verbal hiding to some of our country’s true ultravillains: People running banks out of their garages.

8:52 p.m.

8:57 p.m. Discussing “Obamacare,” Romney criticizes the lack of accountability of “an unelected board” in the health care industry. And the candidate calls himself a businessman!

9:01 p.m. We’ve hit the 2/3 point of this debate, and 2/3 of Occupied Chicago Tribune staff are still standing.

9:05 p.m. Obama and Romney have matching American flag pins and dark blue jackets. I kind of like the idea of those two going shopping together on a summer Sunday.

9:11 p.m. Romney name-drops Tip O’Neill. Would be kind of lackluster if that turned out to be the secret weapon Chris Christie promised.

9:13 p.m. Jim Lehrer sitting against a backdrop of absolute blackness. Like that scene in Herzog’s White Diamond where the viewer wasn’t allowed to look into the cave behind the waterfall.

9:14 p.m. “Freedom” “‘Merica” “Free enterprise system.” Obama channels the presidential debates, 2004.

9:17 p.m. Romney again says “trickle-down.” Would have been good for a cheap laugh if Santorum had been the nominee.

9:22 p.m. Roms to Obams: “You’re entitled to your own airplane and your own house, but not your own facts.” A very rich man attempts a funny.

9:25 p.m. Romney’s done remarkably well for a patrician corpse.

9:31 p.m. Grinding nails into chair all through closing statements. Need a cigarette. Maybe Obama’s with me on this one.

9:32 p.m. Lehrer plugs second of three presidential debates, forthcoming. OCT‘s Dan Massoglia: “Do we have to care about that one, too?”

9:37 p.m. Thanks for checking in with us tonight. That wraps up our live-blog of the first presidential debate. End tally: 90 minutes of testy bickering; and our part, a bottle of Wild Turkey, a couple of six-packs, two bags of chips, and some volume of Jeppson’s Malört. We’ll hand this over now to people who get paid to comment on this. Hope you enjoyed.

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