Last Chance Debate Blogging #4

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October 15, 2008 10:26 p.m.

10:26 PM … McCain interrupts a lot.

10:27 PM … Also laughs at his own sarcastic comments a lot.

10:28 PM … I’ve been thinking about this and we’re pulling the video. But the part of the debate where Sen. McCain seemed to mock the issue of a woman’s health was weird and … well, kind of disgusting. It’s hard for me to see how’s he seriously pushing for the women’s vote. Here’s what TPM Reader PT had to say: “I haven’t seen this on the TPM front-page liveblog, but it deserves attention. McCain’s mocking of a mother’s health during the abortion exchange was easily his low point tonight, even if the moment was too fleeting to have a substantial impact. He called the idea of a mother’s health exemption extreme. But that’s not all. If you were watching closely, you would’ve heard John McCain saying “health” in a mocking tone, and suggesting that Obama’s support for a mother’s health was nothing more than, to put it bluntly, smooth-talking bullshit. Stunning and appalling.”

(Late Update — 11:57 PM: TPM Reader TC also didn’t think much of McCain’s attitude toward a health of the mother exception: “Regarding John McCain’s ‘health of the Mother’ comment… “In 2001, I was five months pregnant and was admitted to a small Catholic hospital with a uterine infection. My condition quickly deteriorated to a condition known as Sepsis. Ultrasound determined “fetal demise” thus uterine “evacuation” was necessary. While being prepped for the O.R., my heart stopped, I developed pulmonary effusion and flat-lined. I awoke one week later on life support. I’m only sharing this with you because had the infection not affected my pregnancy, McCain suggests the protocol for care may have been quite different. There are times when the health of the Mother must be considered. If McCain thinks it foolish, ask my husband and two sons what they think. We will never scoff at anyone in a similar situation.”)

10:31 PM … That part at the end there may have been an instance of McCain’s Spastic Good-Jobism, which many clinicians have speculated he suffers from.

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