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Move Over, Joe the Plumber

Here's a relatively safe prediction: We'll switch from talking about Joe the Plumber (that's Mr. Wurzelbacher, to you!) to Barack the Bank the moment the Obama campaign reveals just how much it raised in September. With the official reporting...

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 16, 2008; 5:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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The Final Debate: Respect for Joe the Plumber

My father, Guy Armao, was a butcher. I confess to being embarrassed as a child by his occupation (“food store manager” was the euphemism I most employed). But the years, my father’s death and my lingering appreciation for a...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | October 16, 2008; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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The Final Debate: A Breakthrough for Abortion Reduction

I offer thoughts on the debate in my column today, but I want to call attention here to one of the moments in the encounter that isn't making headlines. It came when Barack Obama expressed plainly and clearly what...

By E.J. Dionne  | October 16, 2008; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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The Final Debate: McCain's Last Stand

John McCain, movie buff extraordinaire, will instantly appreciate my metaphor: He’s a palooka on the way down. He’s the guy, from countless movies of the 1940s and 1950s, who’s been a prize fighter for too long, whose gifts have...

By Richard Cohen  | October 16, 2008; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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The Final Debate: Their Essential Selves

Before we get started: Does anyone know whether Joe the Plumber is kin to Six-Pack Joe? This was by far the most interesting debate to date, perhaps because we are -- at last -- down to the wire. Just...

By Kathleen Parker  | October 16, 2008; 12:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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The Final Debate: Angry White Man

John of the Grimaces met Barack the Unflappable in Hempstead tonight, and the guy with the arctic cool, not surprisingly, prevailed. Now we know why Obama’s aides were goading McCain earlier this week to raise the Bill Ayres issue...

By Harold Meyerson  | October 16, 2008; 12:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (245)
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The Final Debate: A Presidential Presence

So finally we know what has been missing for the McCain campaign during this debate season: a chair! John McCain looked so much more comfortable tonight in his snug little seat at Hofstra University than he did in the...

By David Ignatius  | October 16, 2008; 12:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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The Final Debate: McCain Stock Plunges Further

The narrative arc of the final presidential debate did not work in John McCain’s favor. It was a line similar to the one traced by the Dow Jones Industrial Average in today’s trading session. McCain started quite well, getting...

By Eugene Robinson  | October 16, 2008; 12:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (291)
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The Final Debate: Where Obama Came Up Short

Democratic nominee Barack Obama did more than hold his own on the issues in tonight's debate; he even excelled in some exchanges on the economy, taxes, energy, education and the selection of a vice presidential running mate. But that...

By Colbert King  | October 15, 2008; 11:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (169)
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The Final Debate: McCain Goes Viral

Politicians mention people they meet on the campaign trail all the time to drive home how their policies would help the average citizen. But McCain took the unusual step of mentioning someone Obama met. And then, as Gene noted,...

By Steven Stein  | October 15, 2008; 10:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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The Final Debate: If I Hear About Joe the Plumber One More Time...

This should forever be known as the Joe the Plumber Debate. First McCain was bringing him up all the time, then Obama did the same thing. What makes politicians think plumbing is the quintessentially American occupation? Why not address...

By Eugene Robinson  | October 15, 2008; 10:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
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An Inauspicious Poll for McCain

Jonathan's right that McCain does, indeed, have a deserved reputation as this election's comeback kid. And as Boston fans well know, a fatalistic attitude isn't necessarily fatal. Still, the Boston Globe Web site currently features a "Red Sox Confidence...

By Marie Cocco  | October 15, 2008; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Comeback?

There I was, standing in the press risers at Xcel Center, praying for the end of John McCain's stilted acceptance speech. An address that ate up just six printed pages but felt like an eternity. Yet something happened in...

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 15, 2008; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Sometimes It's Over Before It's Over

True confessions haven’t been much in vogue during this presidential campaign, unless you count John Edwards’s belated acknowledgment of his extramarital affair -- an admission made, you may recall, long after the two-time Democratic contender had dropped out of...

By Marie Cocco  | October 15, 2008; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Palin Too Close for Comfort

It's time to start taking Sarah Palin seriously. Though the latest polls show the Obama-Biden ticket ahead, the Alaska governor is still uncomfortably close to becoming vice president of the United States. The thought should concentrate the mind of...

By Colbert King  | October 13, 2008; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (227)
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The Rebirth of American Capitalism

I thought it was very gutsy of The Post to run a front page news analysis by Anthony Faiola under the headline, “The End of American Capitalism?” It was a good and important piece. He noted that when even...

By E.J. Dionne  | October 12, 2008; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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