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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Slog Steel Cage Match! Today at 4 p.m.!

posted by on September 24 at 9:40 AM

The backstory is here.

But what you need to know now is that this afternoon at 4 p.m., here on Slog, two Slog commenters will be locked in a liveblogging widget, in the style of a steel cage match, to debate the only question worth debating these days: Barack Obama or John McCain?

Consider it amateur hour, in a good way—a warm up act before the pros go at it in the first presidential debate this Friday.

In the left corner, debating in favor of Barack Obama, will be Will Erdmann, 26, a concierge at the Best Western Executive Inn in downtown Seattle. He goes by “Homo Will” in the comments.


Will writes:

I’m an avid Obama supporter, and have been for the past year and a half. I know his points, as well as his opponent’s, and if had the chance, would slam the hell out of McCain on every point he holds, as weak as it is. My co-workers and boss call me Washington State’s Obama Rep.

And in the right corner, debating in favor of John McCain, will be Larry Kaye, 48, son of an Army infantryman, uncle of a Marine, employee at a non-profit cancer research center in Seattle. He goes by “lark” in the comments.


Larry writes:

I think I could hold my own supporting McCain… Considering 95% of the men and women I call my friends and family are Democrats or left of center, I hold my own pretty well. I served in the Peace Corps (in Cameroon, Africa) twenty years ago. And, I was the only Republican in my group of about 32 vols.

They’ll go at it this afternoon at 4p.m. here on Slog. A duel to the (virtual) death. See you then…

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Ah, how I love the smell of alpha-male sweat in the morning (or whenever this cage match happens) be it posturing progressive or cranky conservative.

Posted by Andy Niable | September 23, 2008 4:30 PM

If they're not aiming to make out by the end of the day, I just can't be bothered.

Posted by Ziggity | September 23, 2008 4:33 PM

I'm not into guys twice my age. But somebody's ass is gonna be served, and it's Larry's.

Posted by Homo Will | September 23, 2008 4:37 PM

Larry has been to China! That's foreign policy experience!

Posted by Little Red Ryan Hood | September 23, 2008 4:38 PM

wow, Homo Will is H O T!

are you into guys 1.5 times your age? That live in fucking MO?

Posted by Mike in MO | September 23, 2008 4:42 PM

Can we place bets?

Posted by stinkbug | September 23, 2008 4:45 PM

Bets would be great... I'll have to, of course, take a commission off the earnings though.

Posted by Homo Will | September 23, 2008 5:13 PM

It's just going to be nothing but "Well, John McCain didn't have a __________ at the Hanoi Hilton, so maybe he it's a little harder for him to feel that way about __________." Why bother?

Oh and then there's the electoral math, which makes this whole debate thing doubly moot.

Posted by elenchos | September 23, 2008 5:18 PM

I'm the son of a WWII Army Air Corps intelligence officer, and the cousin of three people currently serving in McBush's Occupation. Plus, my babysitter's son was killed in Afghanistan. Can I sit by the cage and knit?

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | September 23, 2008 6:09 PM

Oh, and one of my Uncles was one of those guys who had to lay on that bridge in Germany and act like he was dead during that battle during WWII. That should count for something.

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | September 23, 2008 6:11 PM


Posted by scary tyler moore | September 23, 2008 6:34 PM

A Republican Peace Corps volunteer? What an anomaly!

Posted by Mahtli69 | September 23, 2008 9:08 PM

My father bombed the heavy water factories in Germany in WWII, and had he lived past 2005 I guarantee he would not have voted for John McCain. But he might have enjoyed this cage match. If you spoke loudly enough.

Posted by Andy Niable | September 23, 2008 9:55 PM
14 ther gonna be drinking ?
..just axin...

Posted by reverend dr dj riz | September 24, 2008 1:05 AM

homowill is fine, and i'm offering 1.25x his age...

Posted by um | September 24, 2008 9:44 AM

Homo Will could "persuade" me to vote Obama... Yum!

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | September 24, 2008 9:53 AM

Today at 4pm. Awww, man. I'll be at Westlake Mall rallying against McCain/Palin. Oh well, I'll have to read it post-match.

Posted by Andy Niable | September 24, 2008 9:58 AM

Who's moderating?

Posted by w7ngman | September 24, 2008 10:14 AM

@18 Eli is moderating

Posted by Homo Will | September 24, 2008 10:52 AM

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