I’m not even going to attempt to be fair and balanced in my assessment of last night’s Mississippi debate. I think McCain scored a majority of points in an area where he obviously has a wealth of knowledge. Time and again he proved the point that he’s been there, done that, and has several t-shirts from places Obama can barely pronounce.

I think Obama stretched himself to a point that would have impressed even Mr. Fantastic. He knew his talking points and had obviously been well schooled by his debate coaches. It was by far his best un-TelePrompTered performance. That said, he was obviously uncomfortable with McCain’s jabs and I agree with Politico’s Roger Simon – Obama kept looking to Jim Lehrer for help saying: “Let’s move on.”

Sorry, Barry. In the Oval Office there is no moderator.

I didn’t watch the debate at first. I spent most of the debate stuck in traffic, so I listened to most of it on a scratchy AM radio station. Memo to WMAL: boost your signal or find a higher broadcast point. There were two main points where the Ravishing Mrs. Cordeiro had to tell me to stop growling at the radio. I’ll use the Cordeiro’s Whopper scale to grade them.

First: Obama kept harping on the assertion that the decision to invade Iraq was flawed. This may or may not be the case as the whole affair has yet to be concluded. Were mistakes made? Of course. Barry didn’t have much to say about that – he can’t tell a strategy from a tactic. He did, however, give us a history lesson:

Now six years ago, I stood up and opposed this war at a time when it was politically risky to do so because I said that not only did we not know how much it was going to cost, what our exit strategy might be, how it would affect our relationships around the world, and whether our intelligence was sound, but also because we hadn’t finished the job in Afghanistan.

Six years ago, dear reader, Barack H. Obama was a state senator in Illinois. I feel safe in assuming there hasn’t been a strong republican challenger for that district in over a half century, perhaps longer. There was no political risk in Obama’s opposition to the invasion of Iraq. He didn’t have access to any intelligence data (flawed though it may have been) available to those who actually had to vote on the issue. Upon what factual data Obama based his opposition isn’t really clear.

Just for argument’s sake, think for a minute about your state senator. Can you even name him/her? Do you know what his/her position was on the Iraq war? More importantly, what difference would that position have made? I submit that had Barry been required to vote on the issue as an Illinois state senator, he would have most likely voted “present”.

Whopper Grade: Double Whopper – with Cheese

The second Obama statement that drew my ire was (surprise) his tax “cut” plan.

So my attitude is, we’ve got to grow the economy from the bottom up. What I’ve called for is a tax cut for 95 percent of working families, 95 percent.

I’m old enough to remember the last Democrat who ended up in the Oval Office. He rode into town on his white horse aided mostly by a promise to deliver a “middle-class tax cut”. I didn’t vote for Clinton, but never the less I looked forward to his promised tax cut and kept scouring my paycheck for the cold hard cash.

Less than one year after riding into DC, Clinton declared though he’d “worked harder than ever before in his life” the budget just wouldn’t support a tax cut. He did manage to pass the largest tax increase in American history though.

Why do I bring this up as Whopper evidence? NRO’s Jim Geraghty has documented several Obama promises which have reached their expiration date. His conclusion?

All Barack Obama statements come with an expiration date. All of them.

Obama knows that a tax cut promise, especially one which promises to soak the rich to give to the middle class, could be just the thing to push his vote total over the top. He also knows he doesn’t really have to deliver on that promise. It’s been made and broken before.

Whopper Grade: Triple Whopper, no cheese. Times are tough.

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