Comments on: In debates, McCain loses blinking contest to Obama http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/10/16/in-debates-mccain-loses-blinking-contest-to-obama/ Tracking U.S. politics Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:39:51 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: raj http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/10/16/in-debates-mccain-loses-blinking-contest-to-obama/comment-page-1/#comment-382197 Sat, 18 Oct 2008 18:09:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/10/16/in-debates-mccain-loses-blinking-contest-to-obama/#comment-382197 Strip Krugman of his Nobel and hand it to Mukund, the genius who has figured out the real problem with our ailing economy!

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By: Mukund http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/10/16/in-debates-mccain-loses-blinking-contest-to-obama/comment-page-1/#comment-382191 Sat, 18 Oct 2008 16:17:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/10/16/in-debates-mccain-loses-blinking-contest-to-obama/#comment-382191 I am sure Mr.Obama has spent a lots of money while defeating Ms.Hillary Clinton. That was fought almost like presidential election. He succeeded in beating her. This would not have been possible without money power. Now to beat Mr.McCaine also needs lots & lots of money power which he must be getting through his international connections. This is the reason why Stock market has lost money. Money movement sometimes is difficult to trace. Saying that money was never there is cheating oneself. There is always link between things happening around. Financial powers in USA appear to have united behind Mr.Obama as he appears to be beneficiary of the conditions.

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By: Jackson Yogarajah http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/10/16/in-debates-mccain-loses-blinking-contest-to-obama/comment-page-1/#comment-382181 Sat, 18 Oct 2008 13:15:42 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/10/16/in-debates-mccain-loses-blinking-contest-to-obama/#comment-382181 The world needs Barack Obama in this hour of darkness, Bush has wrecked the peoples hope so much and has disillusioned us so much that anyone who resembles like him makes us shudder and John McCain to an extend knows this a little too late and this has shaken his confidence and has contributed to his overblinking and sadly the loss of the white house.

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By: Katie http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/10/16/in-debates-mccain-loses-blinking-contest-to-obama/comment-page-1/#comment-381995 Fri, 17 Oct 2008 06:32:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/10/16/in-debates-mccain-loses-blinking-contest-to-obama/#comment-381995 Odd how the right tends to calls the left “extremist” in the States.

Truth is, American politics is FAR more right-wing than almost anywhere else in the world. For example, the Democrats are more conservative than the Canadian Conservative party. So for better or for worse, Republicans are actually the true “extreme” right. Democrats don’t even come close to extreme left.

As a side note, stating that democracy absolutely trumps socialism or vice-versa is just silly…every country has different problems of their own. So the ideal government must adjust accordingly.

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By: Anna Wong http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/10/16/in-debates-mccain-loses-blinking-contest-to-obama/comment-page-1/#comment-381985 Fri, 17 Oct 2008 05:33:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/10/16/in-debates-mccain-loses-blinking-contest-to-obama/#comment-381985 What on earth is wrong with socialism, anyway? In case you hadn’t noticed, nationalising your banks is socialism. That’s before you even go into universal free education, welfare payments, free emergency healthcare, etc. . Wake up! You live in a country that practices socialist capitalism, only with not quite enough socialism.

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By: sbharris http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/10/16/in-debates-mccain-loses-blinking-contest-to-obama/comment-page-1/#comment-381966 Fri, 17 Oct 2008 03:39:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/10/16/in-debates-mccain-loses-blinking-contest-to-obama/#comment-381966 Strange! However, McCain does appear to be a nervous wreck whenever he is questioned about anything. Just what this county needs another Bush!

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By: Patrick F. http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/10/16/in-debates-mccain-loses-blinking-contest-to-obama/comment-page-1/#comment-381956 Fri, 17 Oct 2008 02:33:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/10/16/in-debates-mccain-loses-blinking-contest-to-obama/#comment-381956 I suffer from dry eye myself & the dehydrating effect of the A/C which is on full blast contributes to my contact lenses sticking.You can be assured the A/C was on in the studio to help with Senator Obamas habit of sweating profusley when stressed (especially his upper lip-it glistens ). One of the “experts” out there this evening claims to have picked juries for a living (defense or prosecutor?)correct me if I’m wrong but sweating that noticeably is a disqualifier as well isn’t it?

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By: Peggy http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/10/16/in-debates-mccain-loses-blinking-contest-to-obama/comment-page-1/#comment-381948 Fri, 17 Oct 2008 01:37:42 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/10/16/in-debates-mccain-loses-blinking-contest-to-obama/#comment-381948 If you google “excessive blinking” you will see that there are several reasons that would cause a person to ‘over-blink’. Some of the reasons are pretty serious medical issues. Tourette’s syndrome (manifests at facial tics, inappropriate verbalizations, etc) and Tardive Dyskonesia (usually manifests as uncontrolled facial grimaces caused by long term use of some of the older psychiatric meds)are two of the possibilities. Can also be caused by stress, and surely worsens when lying. Or, it could be something as simple as the lights were really bothering him??? Regardless of the cause, it sure caught my and my daughters attention in the first minute.

His facial expressions dont match his words. He has that passive-aggressive fake smile that most people find irritating, even if they cant quite put their finger on why. I am a professional Sign Language Interpreter and in American Sign Language, the “tone of voice” is shown on the face, rather than with the voice (obviously). Often his facial grammer has a sarcastic and condescending ‘tone’. I am suprised that he hasnt been coached not to do these things????

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By: limbo http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/10/16/in-debates-mccain-loses-blinking-contest-to-obama/comment-page-1/#comment-381934 Fri, 17 Oct 2008 00:18:12 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/10/16/in-debates-mccain-loses-blinking-contest-to-obama/#comment-381934 I believe in this analogy. It is true their actions show their confidence. It is proven, it’s not bunk. Think of it this way. When your talking to your kids about something they have done wrong. If you look at their eyes and gestures you can tell if they’re lying to you. If you’re a good parent you pick up on this when their young and can tell as they get older. Maybe that’s where the saying Mom has eyes inthe backof her head. We can pick up on things like that.

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By: Heidi http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/10/16/in-debates-mccain-loses-blinking-contest-to-obama/comment-page-1/#comment-381916 Thu, 16 Oct 2008 23:09:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/10/16/in-debates-mccain-loses-blinking-contest-to-obama/#comment-381916 McCain’s rapid blinking seemed so exaggerated. It made me uncomfortable looking at him. I don’t know if he suffers from dry eye, is sensitive to camara lights or what but it was soooo noticable.

It was easy for me to jump to the conclusion (fairly or not–i don’t know) that McCain was just plain uncomfortable. His body language did not command authority. His words are “sure” but his body language is often submissive: not looking at opponent, busy with his pin(doesn’t he have staff in the background making notes), and blinky, blinky, blinking with his eyes.

As president, he will be in a lot of uncomfortable situations. I’m not sure he has the confidence that is needed.

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