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Thursday, October 04, 2012

Yet Nothing Changes

My God:

U.S. Added More Debt Monday Than From 1776 Through Pearl Harbor

About The Debate

I must confess, I didn't watch it.  Believe it or not, I was working and didn't get home until Eleven.

So I'll let the Wall Street Journal provide the assessment:
What worked for Mr. Romney on Wednesday was his confident demeanor and mastery of the policy detail, stitched together into a critique of the incumbent and clear explanation of the election stakes. Undecided voters saw a different challenger than they've been reading about, or seeing on TV, and the race is finally on.

[O]verall, and more than once, we caught ourselves saying, Where has this Romney guy been hiding?
Kinda refreshing to have a presidential candidate described as being ... presidential, doesn't it? How many years has it been?

Looks like Romney did well for himself. And it appears that Obama, sans teleprompter, was hopelessly lost. Or simply disinterested.

The race now begins.

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Yeah, he's partisan.  But Power Line's John Hinderaker is totally pumped:
I’ve been watching presidential debates for quite a few years, but I have never seen one like this. It wasn’t a TKO, it was a knockout. Mitt Romney was in control from the beginning. He was the alpha male, while Barack Obama was weak, hesitant, stuttering, often apologetic. The visuals were great for Romney and awful for Obama. Obama looked small, tired, defeated after four years of failure, out of ammo. One small point among many: Obama doesn’t even know how to stand at a podium, as he continually lifted up one leg. He would be below average as a high school debater.

There were 1,800 people on Power Line Live tonight, and the verdict was unanimous: it was a great night for the forces of good.
Seems so.

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Glenn Reynolds:

"Romney was channeling Reagan. Obama was channeling Biden."


Just As Important As Romney's Command Performance

Obama's utter failure:
Not debatable: Obama stumbled
By Glenn Thrush, Politico

Denver — It had been nearly 1,400 days since Barack Obama strode onto a debate stage — and it showed in a major way Wednesday at the first presidential debate of 2012. Obama, who has spent most of the past four years speaking to hand-picked interviewers or lecturing audiences required to remain mostly mute while he spoke, struggled to shake off the rust in a jostling debate environment that gave his opponent Mitt Romney parity, equal time — and a new lease on political life.

The president’s staff has played down expectations — voters expected the president to win the debate by a 2-to-1 margin in some polls — and they had good reason, as it turned out.

Obama smiled at the start ... [but] he seemed tense and defensive at times, and professorial, despite his staff’s public urging that he shorten and lighten up his answers during three days of debate prep in a Las Vegas suburb. [link]
It probably won't make a difference. But it might.

For America's sake, let's hope this debate launches ... change.

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For your viewing pleasure, here's Chris Matthews soiling his undies over Obama's self-destruction (oops, link bad; now fixed):

Hilarious. It wasn't a tingle running down his leg this time. It was diarrhea.

Cry your eyes out, loser.  We enjoy the sight.

Reminds Me Of Another Debate Years Ago ...

... having to do with another sitting president who came across like he had more important things to do than be challenged in a debate by some puny upstart, who turned out to be his replacement.

Ring a bell?
"Only 10 more minutes of this crap."—President George H. W. Bush on what he was thinking as he checked his wristwatch on camera in the midst of a 1992 presidential debate with Bill Clinton and Ross Perot.

It was the telltale sign of a man made uneasy—or, at least, bored—by an audience member's question about how a deep recession had personally affected him. The then president's display of impatience seemed to speak volumes more than his awkward response.

"Of course, you feel it when you're president of the United States; that's why I'm trying to do something about it," Bush said after he'd checked the watch and straightened his suit jacket, "by stimulating the export, vesting more, better education system."

Yet as he stood face to face with voters in the nation's first town-hall-style presidential debate, Bush showed himself to be out of touch with ordinary Americans. And simple gestures "became freighted with deeper meaning," says Ellen Fitzpatrick, professor of history at the University of New Hampshire. [source]
The gesture that doomed a president:

I remember looking at the TV and going, What did he just do?

Bush eventually lost the race. And I don't think it bothered him all that much.  And his loss certainly didn't bother much of the electorate.


I think he's already started on his next novel. So why bother with debates and voters, even a second term?

As James Carville put it last night:

"It looked like Romney wanted to be there and President Obama didn’t want to be there.”

You Know That 'Inquiry' That Hillary Has Launched?

As everyone suspected, it's a ruse:

"Since that day, nobody has called, nobody cared."

That from a man who witnessed the attack on our consulate in Benghazi that brought about the murder of our Libyan ambassador, Chris Stevens.

The Washington Post:
Three weeks after the attack that killed four Americans in this city, the investigation of its causes remains in its initial stages, with just a handful of suspects detained, the crime scenes minimally secured and Walid Faraj waiting for a phone call from someone, anyone, asking him what he saw on the night he was injured while protecting the U.S. diplomatic post here.

Faraj, a member of the militia that local officials tasked with securing Americans in Benghazi, said he saw the attack nearly from start to finish. But neither American nor Libyan investigators have paid him a visit, even as he fears that the perpetrators know who he is.

Meanwhile, an FBI team flown into Libya remains in Tripoli, hundreds of miles from Benghazi.

Faraj said he wondered whether anyone was trying to find out what happened the evening that U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was killed along with three other Americans.

“Since that day, nobody has called, nobody cared,” said Faraj, 28, who lost a tooth in the attack and whose legs are peppered with small wounds from the firefight. “How is it the Americans didn’t anticipate anything?”
Nobody has called. Nobody cares.

Hillary poses.

Obama does whatever he does every day.

Nobody called. Nobody cares.

Brownie, You're Doing a Heck Of a Job

Not only can we not get Hillary Clinton to be straight with us about that which occurred in Benghazi on 9/11, we can't even get her to do her most basic functions.  Like securing freaking classified government documents at the burned-out and ransacked consulate:

"Documents detailing weapons collection efforts, emergency evacuation protocols, the full internal itinerary of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens’s trip and the personnel records of Libyans who were contracted to secure the mission were among the items scattered across the floors of the looted compound when a Washington Post reporter and an interpreter visited Wednesday."

Wednesday marking three weeks after the murders of four Americans occurred and nearly three weeks after our Secretary of State promised to get to the bottom of the story.

Maybe it's time Obama ordered her fat ass to Libya to set things right?

For the love of God.

Mitt's Coming To Abingdon

Fresh off his trouncing of the best debater in world history last night, Mitt Romney has scheduled a campaign stop in Abingdon.

Date: Friday, October 5
Location: Carter Machinery 
Address: 18471 Spring Creek Road
Time: 11:00AM

Should be a large turnout, so get there early.

For details, go here.

Why Elections Matter

This trend has to be stopped:

"Hi, I'm Marty and I'll be your waiter for the next 40 years."

If America doesn't see prompt and rapid change, we all - not just the young - we are all doomed.