nuclear-fish-simpsons.thumbnail.jpgOne of the more bizarre episodes in tonight’s debate was when McCain seemed to ridicule Obama’s nit picking insistence that nuclear power be safe…or something:

MCCAIN: Now, how — what’s — what’s the best way of fixing it? Nuclear power. Sen. Obama says that it has to be safe or disposable or something like that.

Look, I — I was on Navy ships that had nuclear power plants. Nuclear power is safe, and it’s clean, and it creates hundreds of thousands of jobs.

And — and I know that we can reprocess the spent nuclear fuel. The Japanese, the British, the French do it. And we can do it, too. Sen. Obama has opposed that.

If anyone has the video, please let me know. I’ll post it. 

Another weird and disturbing episode was when McCain called Obama "that one" instead of using his name. I’ve never heard an adult call another adult "that one" in public before. It was a glaring dis that made everyone in the room with me gasp:

MCCAIN: By the way, my friends, I know you grow a little weary with this back-and-forth. It was an energy bill on the floor of the Senate loaded down with goodies, billions for the oil companies, and it was sponsored by Bush and Cheney.

You know who voted for it? You might never know. That one. You know who voted against it? Me. I have fought time after time against these pork barrel — these bills that come to the floor and they have all kinds of goodies and all kinds of things in them for everybody and they buy off the votes.

Tonight’s debate made one thing clear: McCain is a rickety little man with a shaky grasp of the issues and a nasty disposition.

Lindsay Beyerstein

Lindsay Beyerstein

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