Debate 2: Romney’s Night of Magical Thinking

By Cole

At last night’s debate, Mitt Romney faced a feisty President Obama who wasn’t about to let Republican deceit, dishonesty, and distortions go unchallenged, and it was exhilarating to watch.

Romney’s beef with Obama seems to boil down to a naïve assumption that Obama failed to wave the wand Romney thinks is in the Oval Office’s top desk drawer. Mormons have great faith in magic, especially when it’s in their underwear.

Instead, Obama has been trying to reverse all of George W. Bush’s bad calls the hard way — by trying to work with obstructionist Republicans in Congress who would gleefully destroy this country if it would bring the black cat down.

Romney promises once he’s president, he’ll repeal the Affordable Care Act (on his first day) and replace it with all its good things and even more, create 12 million jobs, cut everybody’s taxes by 20%, balance the budget, get Iran to behave, and make China stop “cheating” (at what, exactly?).

Anybody who believes Romney can do all this without being anointed king is — sorry, but there’s no other way to put it — a f**king idiot.

Pollsters claim Romney’s closing the gap with women voters. WTF? Will they still love him after hearing how he sought out women “qualified” enough to serve on his state cabinet in Massachusetts, and seeming gobsmacked when he was presented with “binders full” of them?

We’re talking about Boston here, home of Harvard and MIT, one of the nation’s hottest hubs of higher education. DUH! Who would have known there’d be any smart women there?

As for Romney’s impressive display of faux concern for the 47% types in the audience, the New Yorker did a great job, so read about that there.

I’m surprised nobody’s picking up on the return of Old Miser Mitt, repeatedly asking Obama if he’d checked his retirement account lately. Obama blew him off by saying his isn’t as big as Romney’s, so he doesn’t check it often.

Didn’t you feel déjà vu to the debate where Romney tried to make a $10,000 bet with Rick Perry? Every time Miser Mitt mentions personal finances with the smug air of a guy who knows he’s got more money than anybody in the room — it makes my fur crawl.

But the best moment came when Romney stepped right into the shit with his closing statement, claiming he cares about “100%” of the people.

Obama sailed cleanly through that opening by reminding everybody it’s recorded on tape that Romney really believes 47% of Americans are lazy mooches.

Romney has backed out of appearing on The View on October 18, but he’s sending Ann alone. Apparently, chatting with a bunch of stupid women is not on his To-Do list — and he’s afraid of Whoopi Goldberg.

7 Responses to Debate 2: Romney’s Night of Magical Thinking

  1. Britta says:

    This just in…..last night, Obama started playing his trump cards and it will only continue….

    Posted at 3: 41 p.m. ET] Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, was arrested for allegedly attempting to detonate what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in Manhattan, the Department of Justice and a U.S. attorney’s office said in a press release.
    He will be charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to al-Qaeda, the press release said.
    [Posted at 3: 40 p.m. ET] A man has been arrested for planning to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, according to a federal law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation.
    The man was arrested as part of a string operation conducted by the FBI and NYPD as part of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, a federal law enforcement source said.
    “Attempting to destroy a landmark building and kill or maim untold numbers of innocent bystanders is about as serious as the imagination can conjure. The defendant faces appropriately severe consequences,” FBI Acting Assistant Director Mary Galligan said in a statement. “It is important to emphasize that the public was never at risk in this case, because two of the defendant’s ‘accomplices’ were actually an FBI source and an FBI undercover agent. The FBI continues to place the highest priority on preventing acts of terrorism.”

  2. catsworking says:

    Oh, wow, Britta. I wonder how Romney will spin this — “Well, big deal. Obama hasn’t caught any terrorists trying to blow up the NYC Fed for the past 4 years. I promise to catch another one on my first day in office!”

  3. adele says:

    Cole, Barack’s performance last night has put you in a feisty mood. Good on ya’.

    Apparently Mitt’s story about requesting “binders full of women” (now trending on Twitter as #mittsladybinders) was bull puckey. The Daily Kos reprinted a story by someone, who was there, who said that immediately upon Mitt’s election various Mass. women’s groups got together and compiled lists of women qualified for jobs in Romney’s administration and presented them to him immediately upon his assuming office. So there may, indeed, have been a binder, but Mitt didn’t ask for it.

    I did think that Obama missed a golden opportunity to say more about the Republican war on women when that young woman asked about equal pay. But speaking of women, I think Candy Crawley rocked — and to think that she almost wasn’t hired by CNN because Ted Turner had a “no fat people” rule.

    I’m just hoping that Monday’s debate goes well for Obama (it should, particularly with this latest foiled terror plot), and I can stop considering renewing my passport. For one night I’m willing to forget my queasiness about the number of civilians actually killed by drone strikes and extra judicial killings and just root for Barack.

  4. britta says:

    Obama is setting the stage just as he did before Bin Laden’s death. I would be willing to bet more to come before the next debate on foreign policy

  5. catsworking says:

    Britta, I so hope you are right! Another good “get” on a terrorist would be a slam-dunk on Romney and all his big talk about starting more wars.

    Adele, I read somewhere that by the time Romney’s term as governor ended, net employment of women in responsible jobs in Mass. had actually DROPPED to about 24%. Given what Mormons think of women, it was pretty ludicrous for him to pat himself on the back for giving women a second thought re: his cabinet. And, as always when speaking off the cuff, he blundered into his “binders full of women” and he’s rightly getting reamed for it on the Net. The tumblr stuff is HILARIOUS! Check it out…

    Karen has a friend in NH who says Romney is behind Obama there and in Mass. You’d think the country would take notice that people in the 2 states where his deeds are most well-known don’t want him to be president.

    We also liked Candy Crawley as moderator. At one point she told Romney in so many words to STFU and sit down. I hope Lehrer was taking notes!

  6. adele says:

    Cole, Alice, Dorothy and I loved the tumblr stuff. And we needed a laugh after hearing that Mittens was up by 6 points in the latest Gallup poll. We know that it was compiled before Tuesday’s debate, but still it made my blood run cold.

  7. catsworking says:

    Adele, I’m wondering if people aren’t deliberately lying to pollsters because they’re so gosh-darn sick of this freaking campaign. It feels like it’s been going on since I was a kitten. Hasn’t Romney’s full-time occupation been running for president for the last 6 years?

    There’s an ad running here where they show that clip from 60 Minutes where Romney is asked if it’s fair that he pays a lower tax rate than some guy earning only $50,000 a year (or something like that), and Romney answers “Yes! That’s how we create jobs!”

    I’d like Romney to tell us exactly how many jobs he’s created with all the money he’s saved in taxes, especially since the money is safely tucked away IN OTHER COUNTRIES!!

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