Can I call you Joe?

With the Vice-Presidential debate over without any major gaffes from Sarah Palin or Joe Biden, the relentless election news cycle moves on – back to the economy with the vote on the 700 billion Dollar bailout bill in the House of Representatives coming up later today.

In all the post-debate analysis and spin, an easily over-looked news nugget may well be of much more importance. John McCain’s campaign have pulled resources out of Michigan and moved them to Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin – effectively handing over 17 electoral college votes to Barack Obama.

Why is this important? According to students of electoral math, this effectively means that the Republicans will need to take all the other swing states – a difficult task given that on current polling the Democrats seem to be ahead in most of them – and have been since the economy took centre stage as an issue.

Moving aside from the electoral kerfuffle and with thanks to the spotters at OpenCulture, a recent CNN programme looked at the global challenges facing the next US President – and tried to get beyond the issue of whether living near Russia qualifies as foreign policy experience.

It’s amazing to find five former Secretaries of State – Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright, Warren Christopher, Colin Powell, and James Baker all together – the rest of the programme is available in 10 minute chunks via a YouTube playlist – for your viewing pleasure.

But if you would rather still be talking about the VP debate, then perhaps I can meet you half-way with this excellent round-up of the various Web 2.0 sites that tried to innovate in their coverage of the debates.

The TechCrunch verdict seems to be that the C-SPAN Debate Hub, Current’s Hack the Debate and MySpace’s MyDebates won the day.

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