Wednesday’s first Presidential Debate in Denver should be a slam-dunk for Barack Obama: say what you like about his record as president, there can be no doubting Mr Obama’s silky brilliance as a campaigner and his ability to perform on the biggest stage. In fact, the bigger, the better. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, has proved (even by his own, wooden standards) a spectacularly inept presidential candidate: cloth-eared to the needs of ordinary Americans on the stump and strategically out-manoeuvred by Chicago who defined him early, and perhaps fatally, as a heartless plutocrat. So it should be a crushing
It doesn't matter who wins these farsical, questions-in-advance debates. What matters is that right-thinking people get out to vote Nov. 6th in numbers that exceed the 47% of the takers. That is what it boils down to. And if that method fails, we will have a country like we've never seen.
Right you are, #1. I really don't care who "wins" the debate according to the media. I really don't think that, given the choice of moderators, Romney has a chance in Hurl of coming out with positive press...other than here and a few other conservative sites. My only hope is that the bulk of the 53%ers know what's in store if Obama wins...and hit the polls in droves. That, and the hope that most of the lazy busturds that inhabit the 47% are too freakin' lazy to get off their sorry arses and make the trek to the voting booth. I'm serious here...if Obama wins another term, me and the Mrs. are contemplating a move that's more than "drastic" by our standards. And I'm not talking about some empty Alec Baldwin claim. It's either that, or hang around for the 2nd Secession of the South and the next Civil War...which would no doubt be fought against all those Federal Departments who've been stocking up on ammo. What on earth are these people thinking? Are they that delusional that they think the money tree will never shed it's leaves?
Where do Daily Telegraph writers dream this stuff up?
Maybe this writer is unaware that Telepromters aren't allowed in the "debates," such as they are. Or maybe he just hasn't ever heard Obama speak off the cuff - Obama simply cannot do it without cringe-inducing "uuuuuh"s and "mmmm"s. Obama tries to run out the clock with BS every time he has to speak on his feet, as he did in all two of his press conferences as president.
I can think of a lot of things to say about Mitt Romney as a presidential candidate, but he doesn't even come close to being "spectacularly inept." I think he knows how to get under Obama's thin skin, and I think he'll do it with Alinsky-ite mockery.
'' most notably his peevish and over-hasty response to Ambassador Chris Stevens being murdered in Libya. ''- article. As soon as I saw that opinion of this author it killed the entire article. Romney had the proper response to what happened in Libya and just sooner than this author's feeble comprehension could catch.
The main reason, imho, the debates will help Romney (that wasn't mentioned in this article):
The MSM is forced to cover him for 3 hours, when the rest of the time they discuss his bad sound bites & happily show Obama being affable on talk shows.
That means the independent swing voters that swallow the MSM propaganda get to see him for themselves for a fair amount of time & make up their own minds who has a brain & a plan to get America strong again.
I feel like I live in Soviet Russia & Pravda is telling us all how wonderful the latest dictator is.
I will follow the debates as best I can through running commentaries on conservative websites. Since I already know for whom I'll be voting [ha] I have no intention of subjecting myself to an hour or two of the most despised Kenyan in America. Not good for my blood pressure or my flatscreen.
#1 I agree. This election is about sending Obama and his very expensive family BACK to Chicago. Therefore, there is nothing, nothing, NOTHING that Mitt can do to lose my vote on November 6th. It will only be the beginning stages necessary to begin to turn this country around.
You'd better be serious, Dillweed, because that's exactly what's going to happen. Obama has never faced a serious argument where he wasn't the top dog at the podium and everybody else was subject to his control. You can't even count Clinton-Lite. He even turns his back on reporters when the questions are above third-grade level. All Romney has to do is get under Obama's scales and we may see a debate that will show the tongue and fangs of the serpent. As for barry's legendary oratory skills, that's all they are, a legend manufactured by your kind. Bottoms up to Wednesday, when the one gets barbecued in his own juices.
Still grappling with the author’s strange casting of 0 as both a huge stage performer and poor debater…?
#5 makes a very good point – this is a good chance to see the unfiltered candidate Romney. He’s got to go in understanding that 0 will employ the debate tactic of verbosity – dumping so much junk that you can’t begin to address it all, but hoping you will try. Romney needs to focus on his own message, not get bogged down trying to shoot down every bird 0 flushes.
BTW - Really need to abandon the 47% nonsense. The article posted earlier about the looming tax increase due to the expiration of the Bush rates will move a lot of people out of the 47% - but oddly I don’t see the same people griping about the “47%” cheering for the tax increase that will reduce it.
The Obama administration has been accused of behaving ´like a bunch of cowards´ after 19 embassies were closed in the wake of the Al Qaeda terror alert. Louis Gohmert, a Republican congressman from Texas, recalled the September 11, 2012 terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Clinton famously suggested in a Senate hearing that it was largely irrelevant whether the attack was the result of a terrorist plot or--as the administration initially claimed--an outgrowth of a spontaneous anti-U.S. protest. [Snip] ´The difference it makes,´ he said, ´is that If you will bother to find out exactly what
Anthony Weiner´s past has caught up with him as an angry former constituent went on a tirade during a campaign stop on Monday. [Snip] ´You are disgusting! You are an embarrassment of a third-generation native,´ Jane Borock screamed while getting in Weiner´s face. According to The New York Observer´s Politicker blog, the disgraced former congressman tried to calm her down by saying that he appreciated her passion, but that didn´t work. ´I’m passionate? More passionate than you on Twitter. I’m a social media expert. Get someone to handle your s*it! You are disgusting. Disgusting,´ she said.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - State Sen. Lee Bright has brought his campaign website online as he considers a Republican primary challenge against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham next year. The website asks people to sign up for Bright’s newsletter, promising to send them a video announcement the moment he decides to run against Graham. It includes the slogan: “Bright. For Liberty. For Senate.” The Roebuck lawmaker says he is waiting to see how the field shapes up before making his formal announcement. Bright was elected to the Senate in 2008. Two other candidates are already in the race.
Whatever plot the US eavesdroppers overheard the top two al-Qaeda leaders discussing clearly rattled the US intelligence community so badly that Washington shut 19 of its diplomatic missions around the Middle East, Asia and Africa. In the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, where the threat of attack is considered greatest, the UK, France and Germany have also shut their embassies. The British embassy has emptied completely, with all remaining British staff leaving the country on Tuesday, while the US air force flew out American personnel. So just what is it about al-Qaeda´s branch in Yemen that triggers such warning bells in Washington?
An interesting spot by Political Scrapbook that says a lot about the politics of the English Defence League. This morning Tommy Robinson (or Stephen Yaxley-Lennon or Andrew McCaster or Flimbo the Amazing Clown or whatever his name really is) tweeted a link complaining about mass immigration under Labour--and it turns out that the link was to an anti-Semitic website. It´s called The Traitor Within (never a good sign) and after detailing New Labour´s nefarious plan to flood the country with good plumbers, it concludes with a paragraph claiming that the ministers involved in its immigration policy "are all Jewish".
Four Al-Qaeda militants have reportedly been killed in a US drone attack in Yemen. It comes as America has warned all ´non-essential´ US citizens to evacuate Yemen immediately amid fears of a terrorist attack. The UK Foreign office has also withdrawn embassy staff from the country and is advising against all travel there. The U.S. has pummeled terror leaders in Yemen with targeted drone strikes. Yemeni security officials have today said a suspected U.S. drone killed the four alleged Al Qaeda members in a volatile eastern province of the country. The drone fired a missile at a car carrying
Somewhere down there, Richard Nixon must be rubbing his hands with glee. The Graham family have been forced to sell The Washington Post--the liberal newspaper that helped bring down Tricky Dick with its coverage of the Watergate burglary. Nixon hated the Post for the not unreasonable reason that it hated him. It wasn´t just the pursuit of Watergate that irritated, but the climate that the daily helped create of liberal disdain for his presidency--its insistence that anyone with a fully functioning heart and brain voted Democrat. That attitude wouldn´t have mattered if print didn´t enjoy such a monopoly over the
US intelligence picked up on messages in which Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden´s successor, ordered Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the head of its Yemen branch, to carry out an attack. The messages represent rare coordination between al-Qaeda´s core leadership, which is in hiding in Pakistan, and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the terror group´s most dangerous offshoot. In response the US has ordered the unprecedented closure of embassies in 19 countries across the Middle East and Africa until at least Saturday. Britain, Germany, France and Holland have also closed their embassies in Sana´a, the Yemeni capital, until later in the week.
President Obama has replaced Republican Mitt Romney as the most popular target for comedians, a study has revealed. [Snip] Obama was the target of 288 gags made by Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Kimmel, according to an analysis by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University. The second most joked-about individual was New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, at 120. But as the study was conducted before Weiner´s second sexting scandal had come to light, the number of jokes aimed at him is expected to have jumped dramatically
Anthony Weiner´s sexting partner has stripped down for the public as she filmed a video for a major porn distributor. Sydney Leathers poses provocatively in a five-minute clip of the video, and talks about her virtual relationship with the disgraced congressman. ´He would always compliment me on my breasts and my butt and my feet, and he would always tell me I was the perfect height to wear heels,´ the 23-year-old said. In the video, created by porn production company Vivid, Leathers is seen disrobing from various lingerie sets and displaying the assets that many feel cost Weiner his
A Texas man dramatically turned the tables on two bank robbery suspects who had abducted him and his wife on Thursday, by pulling a gun on the duo and shooting them both, killing one. According to KHOU, the unnamed couple were targeted by brothers Jordan, 20, and Preston Kutach, 21, who knew that the woman worked at the First National Bank of Eagle Lake in Columbus, near Houston. The suspects kidnapped the couple at gunpoint in their own home, then made them drive to the bank where they forced the woman to withdraw cash. But then her husband struck back
Iran´s new president Hasan Rouhani has accused the United States of seeking an excuse to confront the country over its nuclear programme. The new leader reportedly made the claim during a meeting with North Korean official Kim Yong Nam, who is in the Iranian capital Tehran to see Mr Rouhani´s inauguration. According to Iranian state TV, the president said: ´We believe the United States and the Westerners are seeking an excuse to confront the countries that they do not consider friends.´ The West suspects Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons programme, a charge which Iran denies.
In 2008 and then again in 2012, after retired four-star General Colin Powell endorsed and then voted for Barack Obama, the former Secretary of State´s sanity was already in question. At least now, after having his email account hacked by high-level security-breacher Guccifer, Colin Powell´s besmirching of the Republican Party´s "shift to the right" and "identity crisis" finally makes sense. It seems that for years the mannerly and always professional Colin Powell has been cyber-comporting with a 46-year-old Romanian European Parliament member, Social Democrat, and past spokesperson for Romanian president Ion Iliescu named Corina Cretu
Conservatives have for years attempted to put our finger upon precisely why Barack Obama strikes us as queer in precisely the way he does. There is an alienness about him, which in the fever swamps is expressed in all that ridiculous Kenyan-Muslim hokum, but his citizen-of-the-world shtick is strictly sophomore year — the great globalist does not even speak a foreign language. Obama has been called many things — radical, socialist — labels that may have him dead to rights at the phylum level but not down at his genus or species. His social circle includes
For nearly a year, we have had no answer to why the administration lied about Benghazi — why it told the world, not to mention the parents of our murdered SEALs at the funeral of their sons, that the cause of that fatal conflagration was an anti-Islamic video no one saw, when the various arms of our executive branch (White House, State and intelligence) already knew, or strongly suspected, it was a terror attack orchestrated by al-Qaeda affiliates. You only have to read the now infamous talking points to know that. That this lie was deeply immoral is obvious.
Today, across Africa, Araby and Asia, from Nouakchott to Dhaka, the diplomatic facilities of the United States are closed. There’s a Tsarnaev out there, somewhere – could be the Mahgreb, the Levant, the Horn of Africa, the Indian sub-continent – who knows? So, as Richard Fernandez writes, “Shelter in place, this time globally.” Maybe it will work. Maybe by the end of the day there will be, unlike Benghazi a year on, men in custody. But if not? Daniel Pipes: Don’t know about you, but I find this pre-emptive cringing unworthy of a great country, even humiliating.
He thought he was a woman trapped in a man’s body — but it turns out he’s “just another boring straight guy.” ABC News editor Don Ennis strolled into the newsroom in May wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig and announced he was transgender and splitting from his wife. He wanted to be called Dawn. But now he says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as Don. “I accused my wife of playing some kind of cruel joke, dressing
WASHINGTON — Former Massachusetts lawmaker Barney Frank revealed that he doesn’t believe in God. During Friday’s appearance on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” Frank, who championed the decriminalization of pot while serving in the House of Representatives, admitted to smoking marijuana and being an atheist. “You were in a fairly safe district. You were not one of those congress people who would have to worry about every little thing,” Maher said to Frank. “You could come on this show and sit next to a pot-smoking atheist and it wouldn’t bother you.”
The truth about Benghazi, the Associated Press/James Rosen monitoring, the IRS corruption, the NSA octopus, and Fast and Furious is still not exactly known. Almost a year after the attacks on our Benghazi facilities, we are only now learning details of CIA gun-running, military stand-down orders, aliases of those involved who are still hard to locate, massaged talking points, and the weird jailing of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. We still do not quite know why Eric Holder’s Justice Department went after the Associated Press or Fox News’s James Rosen — given that members of the administration were themselves illegally leaking
In an interview for The Guardian Weekend magazine, actor Matt Damon recently weighed in with his thoughts on how President Barack Obama has handled the scandals that have engulfed his administration since the spring. Damon, a vocal supporter of the president since his 2008 campaign for national office, said that Obama is overcompensating for his lack of military background with his tough response to controversies like how the government is responding to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. The actor said that Obama is allowing himself to “get bullied” and is acting as though is “manhood”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus threatened to pull the group’s partnership with NBC and CNN for 2016 GOP presidential primary debates if the networks moved ahead with plans to air films on Hillary Clinton. “If they have not agreed to pull this programming prior to the start of the RNC’s Summer Meeting on August 14, I will seek a binding vote stating that the RNC will neither partner with these networks in 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates they sponsor,” Preibus said in a statement. In individual letters to CNN President Jeff Zucker and NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt,
The Pentagon has placed its elite cadre of special operations teams on full alert to launch preemptive attacks against suspected al Qaeda targets across the globe, according to reports. The American special forces teams have spent the past week waiting for U.S. military and intelligence officials to confirm the whereabouts of the terror cell plotting to attack U.S. diplomatic outposts in the Mideast and North Africa. Unnamed sources told CNN on Monday that the teams were poised to carry out the preemptive strikes, but declined to comment on where the U.S. forces were located or which potential
Oprah Winfrey on Monday said the killings of Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till are the "same thing." This transpired during an interview with The Grio that aired on NBC´s Today show. OPRAH WINFREY: It´s so easy during this time: Trayvon Martin, Trayvon Martin parallel to Emmett Till, let me just tell you. In my mind, same thing. But you can, you can get stuck in that and not allow yourself to move forward and to see how far we´ve come. Really? Martin and Till are the same thing?
In an exclusive interview for The Grio, NBCUniversal’s African-American news and opinion website, Oprah Winfrey weighed in with her unvarnished thoughts on the killing of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman. Winfrey said that, in her mind, Martin’s murder and that of Emmett Till in 1955 – whose killers were also acquitted – were the “same thing.” However, she added that it is important to keep in mind how much race relations in America have progressed over the last half-century. In a clip of the interview which aired on NBC’s Today, Oprah told The Grio’s Chris