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12:50 PM ET, October 16, 2008

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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Joe: Obama's ‘tap dance almost as good as Sammy Davis, Jr.’  —  Katie gets the first interview with Joe Wurzelbacher and, like everyone else in America, he talks like a pundit.  —  “McCain was solid in his performance,” he says.  “I still don't know where he stands,” he says of Obama.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The Joe file  —  Two readers with access to the Ohio voter file say that Joe Wurzelbacher's inluence on this cycle will be limited in one way: He doesn't appear to be registered to vote.  —  (And yes, the freelance opposition research on Joe began before the debate ended.)
Toledo Blade:
‘Joe the Plumber’ is focus of presidential debate's first few minutes  —  The story of “Joe the Plumber” - Joe Wurzelbacher of Shrewsbury Street in Springfield Township - became a centerpiece of the early minutes of the presidential debate last night.  —  And Joe the Plumber became the subject of national and international interest.
FactCheck.org:
FactChecking Debate No. 3  —  Sorting out fact and fiction in the presidential candidates' final debate.  —  Spin and hype were apparent, once again, at the third and final debate between McCain and Obama:  — McCain claimed the liberal group ACORN “is now on the verge of maybe perpetrating …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Joe's registration  —  Joe Wurzelbacher doesn't immediately turn up in the Ohio voter registration database, leading to some speculation last night that he's not registered to vote.  —  But the Toledo Blade reports that he appears to be a registered Republican, and a primary voter at that:
Gateway Pundit:
Joe the Plumber Weighs in on Debate: “Obama's Proposal Scares Me Because It's Just One More Step Towards Socialism”  —  Oops!... He did it again.  —  Joe brings up that darned “socialism” word again.  —  Joe Wurzelbacher, “Joe the Plumber”, of Toledo, Ohio weighs in on the final presidential debate last night.
Dean Baker / American Prospect:
Joe the Plumber's Big Tax Bill  —  Much of last night's presidential debate centered on “Joe the Plumber,” Joe Wurzelbacher, a plumber who Barack Obama met while campaigning in Ohio.  According to the New York Times, Mr. Wurzelbacher says that he is planning to buy a plumbing business …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Joe The Plumber's Chat With Couric  —  Joe Wurzelbacher - immortalized during tonight's presidential debate as “Joe The Plumber” - spoke with CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric shortly after the conclusion of the final debate between Barack Obama and John McCain.
CNN:
‘Joe the Plumber’ happy to help candidates
Discussion: Donklephant
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
Candidates Make A Name for This Guy Joe
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
CBS Poll: Uncommitted Voters Say Obama Won Final Debate  —  As in the previous debates, CBS News and Knowledge Networks have conducted a nationally representative poll of uncommitted voters to get their immediate reaction to tonight's presidential debate.  —  In the first presidential debate …
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Time Edit / Swampland:
Undecideds Laughing At, Not With, McCain  —  From TIME's Amy Sullivan:  —  In politics it is generally not considered a good sign when voters are laughing at you, not with you.  And by the end of the third and last presidential debate, the undecided voters who had gathered in Denver …
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Amz / Democracy Corps:
Third Presidential Debate: McCain Digs Himself a Deeper Hole
Discussion: Open Left and Daily Kos
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Stan Greenberg's Focus Group: “Decisive” for Obama
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Complete final debate transcript: John McCain and Barack Obama  —  Here is the complete transcript of the third and final presidential debate between Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Democratic Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois at Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y. Oct. 15, 2008.
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New York Times:
The Third Presidential Debate
Scott / Power Line:
Hey, Joe  —  Not you, Joe Biden.  You, Joe the Plumber — Joe Wurzelbacher.
Discussion: Hot Air and Top of the Ticket
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
The Good Old Days  —  One thing I liked about the Bush/Gore debates is that it was obvious both men loathed each other and they didn't care who knew it.  That liberated them, for good and ill.  —  By contrast, for all the characteristically ponderous huffing from Bob Schieffer about …
Discussion: PrestoPundit and Commentary
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Face Of The Day  —  US Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ) reacts to almost heading the wrong way off the stage after shaking hands with Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) at the conclusion of the final presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, October 15, 2008.
Discussion: Political Punch and Harry's Place
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Hasn't Closed the Sale  —  Both candidates continue to tinker with their strategies.  —  In the campaign's final two weeks, voters will take a last serious look at both presidential candidates.  The outcome of the race isn't cast in stone yet.  —  Barack Obama holds a 7.3% lead …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Senator Government V. Joe the Plumber  —  I'll have more to say about the debate in my print column, which releases later today.  But I did want to say a few things about my colleagues—in general, no names—and the coverage of the campaign this year.  —  Pundits tend to be a lagging indicator.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Invokes Granite State Lessons  —  Senator Barack Obama offered fresh words of wisdom today for any of his supporters who are feeling overly confident with the presidential race: New Hampshire.  —  “For those of you who are feeling giddy or cocky or think this is all set …
Discussion: TIME.com
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Final Debate Reax … Ezra Klein: … Coates: … Eve Fairbanks: … Josh Marshall: … Michael Crowley: … Malkin: … Peter Suderman: … James Fallows: … Brian Beutler: … Megan McArdle: … James Joyner: … Drum: … Jonathan Chait: … Dreher: … Wilkinson:
Discussion: American Street
The Trail / Washington Post:
Palin Rips Obama Over ACORN in Maine  —  BANGOR, Me.  — Speaking before a crowd of a few thousand supporters in an airport hangar, GOP vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin continued to question Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's patriotism and commitment to fair elections.
Discussion: TIME.com
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
JOE THE PRIVATIZER  —  It turns out Joe the “Plumber” is like the perfect McCain supporter.  He says Social Security is a joke and he “hates” it.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
TWO ADS THAT GO WELL TOGETHER.... It's apparently become customary for the campaigns to unveil new ads the morning after a debate.  The new ones this morning actually go together well.  —  The Republican campaign unveiled this 60-second spot intended to separate McCain from Bush.
Discussion: BeltwayBlips and Hotline On Call
Peter Schiff / Washington Post:
Don't Blame Capitalism  —  Amid the chaos of recent days, as the federal government has taken gargantuan steps to stabilize the financial markets, realigning the U.S. economic system in the process, comes a nearly universal consensus: This crisis resulted from government reluctance to regulate the unbridled greed of Wall Street.
Discussion: The Corner
 
 
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