vp debate wrap
Mood: blah
Posted on 2008-10-03 09:46:00
Tags: politics links
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Actually getting a little tired of national politics(!) - here's my quick debate summary:
You can check out my twitters during the debate (that was kinda fun but I'm not sure I'll do it again). Palin did well enough - there were a few awkward silences but certainly nothing like the cringe-worthy Couric interviews. (and she got the wrong name for the commander of our forces in Afghanistan) Biden started out very stiff and unanimated, but by the end he was doing much better - got his shots in at McCain and showed he has a command of the issues.

Most insta-polls show people thought Biden won. Probably the important thing is that Palin didn't falter or hurt herself/McCain. My guess is she'll avoid giving interviews until the election.
Also, McCain pulled out of Michigan yesterday (yay!) and there's a new poll showing him up by one in Minnesota. (boo!)

In its stead: local politics! Lots of local businesses are for Proposition 2, which would Stop Domain Subsidies. The other side is somewhat amusingly named Keep Austin's Word. I'm leaning towards voting yes on Prop 2 but I'm gonna read about it some more first.

Austin's commuter rail starts March 30 - yay!


Comment from abstractseaweed:

I would support prop 2 if I were eligible to vote for it. The issue is similar in philosophy (though not as extreme) to the case of Kelo v. City of New London: using local government to give preferential treatment to one private entity over another. The Domain is already eminent; if there is truly demand for it then it will do fine without subsidies.

Comment from anonymous:

Wasn't the commuter rail supposed to open this year? Sigh...at least it will be ready for NIWeek.

Comment from gregstoll:

It was - I read there was some problem with a few stations in particular, they had to buy more land or something.

Comment from abstractseaweed:

Yay for rail! One advantage of Austin's quirkily elongated north-south shape is that people tend to travel within a predictable corridor in a predictable direction so there don't need to be as many different routes for the train to actually be useful. Houston would have quite a challenge building commuter rail since it has large suburbs and substantial commercial districts surrounding it in just about every direction.

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