Kick-off nears for Obama-Clinton debate at Cleveland State

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clinton%20obama.jpg As Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton descend upon our snow-drenched city tonight, political analysts are pumping up the debate as the deciding moment for both campaigns. No, really. This is the real deciding moment. Not those other deciding moments. Those were just fake deciding moments. ... Our native son of politics Tim Russert, apparently a coverted pansy, will moderate. The powers that be were nice enough to give C-Notes a few media passes. God hopes Howard Wolfson will be there to answer questions and maybe, just maybe, sign our chests with a sharpie. We’ve been promised our little yellow badges will provide plenty of space to report from the “spin room,” even though we heartily refuse to be spun, unless the person doing the spinning is cute and doesn’t reject our advances like previous political staffers, journalists – anyone in actual pants, really. Either way, unless we end up getting shit-faced with Timmy at Little Bar -- don't worry, Tim, they've got that Walker Black Label you like -- we'll have some behind the scenes musings on C-Notes tomorrow, along with a slideshow from the event. In the interim, the hype parade for the Ohio debate is getting local stars some national exposure. Yesterday, Plain Dealer columnist Connie Schultz chatted with NPR’s beautiful baritone, Robert Siegel. about the Ohio difference. Before starting, Siegel threw a disclaimer at her by pointing out her relationship with Ohio super-delegate Sen. Sherrod Brown, who has yet to support a candidate. “You’re in a committed relationship with an uncommitted super-delegate,” noted Siegel, the grandfather of campy public radio humor. Shultz brushed it off. And after a few canned answers she explained why Ohio voters are a tough bunch. “I’d like to say we’re really friendly people,” she said, “but we don’t like outsiders telling us how to vote. You don’t see celebrities flying in to help get votes in Ohio. That doesn’t work here.” Keep your filthy pinko money, Sean Penn! Anyway, the debate tonight has the buildup of Pavlik-Taylor I. Goat Herder versus the Witch. Ohio in the national spotlight. Drunko McRussert asking questions while, outside, nine feet of snow blanket the motorcades. It’s winner take all. Unless it’s not. But it's going to be cool either way. – Bradley Campbell

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