Beginning at 9pm EST, live thread of the debate. Here's what I'm looking for from McCain.
1. No more Mr. Nice Guy. McCain needs to hit Obama on his associations with Ayers and Wright and not back down. Millions of Americans have not seen this information, it's time to let them know.
2. Tell voters that he - not Obama - warned of the Fanny and Freddie mess and that the root of the mess is the inaction of Obama and his Democratic cohorts over the last five years. Let the American people know that he tried to stop it but the Democrats blocked attempts at reform. The result is $800,000 of their money going down the drain to federalize the free market.
3. Get Obama off his script. Make him mad, get him flustered and searching for words, which he has done before. Show America just how much of a fraud he is when he's not being told what to say by his handlers.
UPDATE: FACT CHECK per the Corner:
"Obama's letter to Paulson and Bernanke was written on March 22, 2007. 25 subprime lenders failed in February/March of 2007, and the largest subprime lender New Century Financial was teetering on collapse (it filed for bankruptcy five days after Obama's letter). His letter was a response to headlines, not some prescient call to action."
UPDATE: Obama's dumb statement of the night, "A lot of you remember the tragedy of 9/11." As if we forgot?
UPDATE: Via CNN who is the only MSM organization getting off it's ass to look at Obama and Ayers:
"A review of board minutes and records by CNN show Obama, crossed paths repeatedly with Ayers at board meetings of the Annenberg Challenge Project.The Annenberg Foundation gave the project a $50 million grant to match local private funds to improve schools, and Ayers fought to bring the grant to Chicago, according to participants and project records.The project's organizing committee asked Obama to serve as the board chairman in 1995. Annenberg Project Executive Director Ken Rollings said Ayers was not a member of that ad hoc group when the decision was made. For seven years, Ayers and Obama -- among many others -- worked on funding for education projects, including some projects advocated by Ayers...the board, for example, gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to Bill Ayers' small schools project. The project promoted alternative education, including projects like the Peace School -- where the curriculum centered on a United Nations theme -- and another school where the focus was African-American studies...The project shut down in 2003 after achieving "little impact on school improvement and student outcomes," its final report stated.While working on the Annenberg project, Obama and Ayers also served together on a second charitable foundation, the Woods Fund. It was that foundation that Obama referenced in the debate -- not the Annenberg Challenge.Among Wood Foundation recipients were the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's Trinity United Church, where Obama attended and was married; and the Children and Family Justice Center, where Ayers' wife Dohrn was director."
Not bad for someone you "hardly knew" eh Barry? This is why asking Obama about Ayers is relevant, because he's LYING.
UPDATE: Once again, here's Obama view on our national security:
UPDATE: EPILOG: Overall, a dissapointment. McCain doesn't go after Obama on Freddie and Fannie, or Ayers, and that's a shame. They are all valid points. The bailout for homeowners infuriates my "conservative" side, but I understand the move. Homeowners - taxpayers - qot squat on the bailout and are pissed. McCain offered a plan to them, Obama just danced around the question.
While it's bad conservatism, it's a risky, yet savvy political move. Even though only 9 percent of homeowners are in trouble with their mortgage, that could translate into a few points of support from the independents in that group.