First Debate: Mitt Gone Wild

By Cole

Just about everybody concedes that Mitt Romney “won” last night’s debate on the economy. Republicans are positively giddy.

Mitt’s bravura performance proved beyond any doubt that he’s the quintessential department store mannequin. Change the window-dressing, change the man. He has no genuine core.

Last night his handlers dressed and prepped him to be Elmer Fudd in camo, out to stalk and bag that “wascally wabbit,” Obama.

And Mitt did. So eager to make his points, he flouted the rules by repeatedly refusing to let moderator Jim Lehrer speak and keep things on track, and even talking over Obama.

At one point, Mitt even had the nerve to say, “Mr. President, you’re entitled to your own airplane and your own house, but not your own facts.”

This from the man with 5 houses and several Cadillacs with their own elevator, representing the most fact-free political party in history.

Mitt was so stuffed with numbers (few of which contained his actual PLANS), they exploded from him on every topic.

Obama and Lehrer found themselves playing with a statistical piñata.

Had Obama sunk to responding tit for tat, they’d have been ping-ponging so many incomprehensible figures, the audience would have tuned out.

By trying to keep it simple, Obama came across as “weak.”

What’s indisputable is that Obama got VERY bad advice as far as not calling out Romney on his everlasting bullshit or bringing up anything he’s ever said or done that might embarrass him (like dissing the 47%, or decimating American companies like KB Toys and raising employment in China while at Bain).

And Romney pounced on and gleefully rolled in those concessions like a dog in shit.

It seems Romney thinks he’s running to be anointed king. In his first term…

  • He’ll repeal the Affordable Care Act, yet keep all the good parts — and replace the rest with WHAT?
  • He’ll lower taxes 20%, but eliminate loopholes and deductions (WHICH ones?) — which may result in tax INCREASES for the middle class.
  • He’ll to create 12 million “good-paying” jobs — HOW? Doing WHAT?

And Congress doesn’t exist in RomneyWorld. He’ll just wave his golden scepter and POOF! — instant Utopia where nobody’s unemployed, health insurers aren’t unfair, and the budget always balances.

Unfortunately, Obama handed Romney this one on a silver platter, and I hope today he’s kicking some of his re-election “experts” to the curb before they try to hog-tie and gag Joe Biden when he faces Paul Ryan on October 11.

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9 Responses to First Debate: Mitt Gone Wild

  1. adele says:

    Cole, you said it all, but just let me add that one more debate like this, and Chris Matthews will be joining Tim Russert for a beer in that great celestial pub.

  2. Britta says:

    Cole,
    You are so politically astute and wise to the ways of the world. Thanks for cutting thru the BS and calling it as it really is. I can only think that there must be some greater strategy that required Obama to “suck it up” because he really looked like something was causing him pain – that he was holding back. I hope we see what that means in the next debate….Oh yeah, let’s find a moderator —-not sure what Lehrer thought he was doing but it clearly wasn’t moderating.

  3. catsworking says:

    Britta, I was sitting in the joint with nothing but time on my paws during the 2008 election, and the big cat room had a big-screen TV, so I saw and learned a lot about presidential campaigns. It was a real relief to come in to this family and discover that Adele, although we have our many differences, would also have used Palin as a scratching post if she’d had the chance.

    Everyone was saying that Obama was being told to play it cool and not sling mud, while the other side was having Romney memorize some “zingers.” The line I quoted was undoubtedly one of them. Mitt’s absolute deafness when he’s spouting the most appallingly hypocritical bullshit is breathtaking.

    Obama learned to get down and dirty with his TV ads. As I was watching Romney think he was mopping the floor with Obama last night, I thought, “Enjoy it while you can, Buddy-boy. Next time you’re toast.”

    Obama has now seen that Romney IS capable of keeping his foot out of his mouth for 90 minutes at a stretch, and can spew stats like they mean anything, AND take a condescending tone with the president of the United States like they’re EQUALS, Obama doesn’t have to feel any qualms about going for the jugular. ESPECIALLY on foreign policy.

    Obama was much more deferential to Lehrer than Romney was.

    Adele, I didn’t see Chris Matthews, but Karen’s father reported that Chris was having a hissy, so I assume that’s what you mean.

  4. CfromFL says:

    Dearest Cole-Glad you are so fond of Da Bird because BIG Bird is toast if we have The Romster in the White House. I may be wrong but perhaps the entire yearly gov. contribution for NPR and Public TV probably costs as much as a few “smart bombs” aimed at some small Afgan villages. The Republicans are in the business of “DEATH” when it comes to anti-gun control and starting wars but they believe that LIFE begins at dinner and a movie and women should just “deal with it”. Anyone know a good deal on burkas–we might need them in 2014.

  5. MorganLF says:

    Obama was distracted, and made a less than stellar showing…the ummms, the pauses, the looking down. He was being presidential by not bringing up the 14% tax rate…the off shore shelter accounts and the nature of Bain Capitals business practices, which is plundering and selling off assets ..gaining profit but jobs? Show me how Romney created jobs by dismantling businesses.

    Lets not forget Mitten, was a Bishop of the Mormon cult and rose even higher and devoted many hours and millions to the cause.

    How does that make a president of a democratic republic? Is his agenda not clear? He is a cult leader!!!!

    I was truly disappointed by Obama, I think there may be more behind his disappointing performance. I’m anxious to see the next match up…btw has everyone forgotten the elitist dismissal of the 47%?

    I hope Obama pulls out his Chicago street smarts next time.

  6. MorganLF says:

    Ps: CfromFL… You are right on Mitt will have us in burkas, the mere thought gives that vampire a stiffy!

  7. catsworking says:

    CfromFL, I think it was Brian Williams who said the Federal money PBS gets is .01% (or one one-THOUSANDTH) of the Federal budget. Congress probably spends more on the toilet paper for their bathrooms.

    Morgan, Michael Moore is all over the theory that Obama got some news that distracted him during the debate. We just don’t know –yet — what it was. I can’t remember the circumstances now, but remember how he appeared in public somewhere just as they were going in to get bin Laden, yet never showed any worry? So I have to think whatever he was dealing with was deeply personal or something major.

    Romney’s now saying he was flat-out WRONG about the 47%, after he initially stood by it. What changed his mind, I wonder? All of a sudden Americans became hard-working and responsible after his poll numbers took a dive. It boggles the mind that ANYBODY supports that phony, opportunistic bastard after seeing him do 180s on just about any opinion he’s ever uttered. what part of the word LIAR don’t they get?

  8. britta says:

    Let’s hope a GOP candidate gets nailed tonight

  9. catsworking says:

    Britta, we are counting on Joe to slam-dunk Lyin’ Ryan. Last time, Joe had to pussy-foot around that idiot Palin so he wouldn’t appear to be picking on a girl, but now he can take the gloves off and call Ryan out on all his bullshit.

    The one advantage of Joe being a “walking gaffe machine” is that everybody expects him to go for the throat. I just hope Obama’s taking notes for his next debate.

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