It was the biggest rout since Agincourt. If you insist, since the Carter-Reagan debate. With a remarkable display of confidence, knowledge and nerve, Mitt Romney won the first 2012 debate going away. Romney didn't just demonstrate authoritative command of a myriad of domestic issues. He was nervy about it, taking the president on frontally, not just relentlessly attacking, but answering every charge leveled against him — with a three-point rebuttal. And he pulled off a tactical coup by coming right out of the box to undo millions of dollars' worth of negative ads that painted him, personally, as Gordon Gekko
It is what happens when you take a guy of average intelligence and put him in a debate with nothing but sound bites to utter. Knowing what questions are going to be asked is no advantage when all you can do is recite prepared responses but do not have sufficient thinking capacity to handle deviations from the program. Obama was bewildered when he found himself on his own. Dr. K is wrong if he thinks this has not always been apparent. If you buy the media hogwash then you too would be bewildered.
Thats the problem with relying on these media assisted extreme caricatures. They are easy to deflate for a candidate who has fought his way to the top of his Party's nomination process. Then, you have nothing left and the public begins to doubt everything you say. But, thankfully the innate arrogance of Liberals prevents them from ever learning anything new and worthwhile.
Not one for pundits and punditry, I am still happy to see them come on board. Even Bill Kristol seems to be trying to redeem himself. That will be a tough sell. He did himself a lot of damage with his lapses in judgment.
These people do what they do. They chatter. I'd rather have them with us than against us.
Great article by Krauthammer, too bad it took him so long to recognize who Mitt Romney is. But better late than never. What #5 and #8 said. As for Kristol, he has NO redeeming value and went on the Dennis Miller show yesterday and was STILL tsk, tsking about Mitt Romney. Pathetic.
Trucker Observation: The Tea Party won't rest untill Mitt is elected and takes office as President of the United States of America. Take your friends, relatives and coworkers with you to vote. Don't leave it to someone else. You get that senior to the polls. You get that unemployed college kid to vote for job creation.
I was stunned, big surprise, by that Maddow babe on MSNBC. She had film of debates going back to Carter in 1976. I never got the point of what she was saying - I can't take but a few seconds of her pomposity - but talk about wee-weed up yesterday! I loved it.
obama didn't have an audience to give him direction and approval....
Jimmy -- public television dude -- told the audience to refrain from any comments -- so the zero was out there all alone.... Just "his" words. No affirmative action prof to prop him up...no media to spin his lies...no direction from valerie jarret and SOROS....
BTW -- heard anything from ACORN? It's getting close to November 6th and they are ready to do whatever damage they can....
In conjunction with #13, BO is a Hollyweird president. He's playing a part. He has no clue as to what this Country is really about, who we are as a people, and how the economy works.
But he has his ideological script and that's what he works from. But without a fawning audience, like a vain actor, he is out of character. Eastwood, knowing his craft so well, recognized what BO is, a bad actor. An empty chair.
As to Romney, knowing his life story of successes, I KNEW he had to be capable of this type of focus. It's his own fault that he didn't place it front and center until now. Of course the unfiltered venue helped. He could directly confront BO, who was catastrophically unprepared. But even if he had been prepared, there was really no answer to Romney's challenge because BO's history is one of gross incompetence and failure. Romney pushed through BO's soundbite strategy and got to reality. The reality of BO is pathetic.
That's why BO lost so badly. Without his press shield he is a useless leader. His mediocre speaking abilities were revealed. His soaring intelligence gasping in the dust. His petulant narcissism laid bare. BO never was anything special but now everyone knows it.
Mr. President…I do not know which of your numerous advisors are feeding you that erroneous information, if I were you I would remove them from the government payroll. After the election there is likely to be an opening for him as chief deceiver at NBC.
I agree with John Sununu. If you're not that bright, all the prep in the world won't help. In Obie's case, he thinks he is smarter than he is, which is his curse. He doesn't have the solid database of knowledge from which to draw in a debate. Having been given a pass by the media - the now defunct WH press conferences were a joke - and probably not getting much criticism from his toadies, who are afraid of his vicious petulance, he lives in a mental cave.
Jim Lehrer and Mitt Romney invaded his cave the other night and he was without weapons.
I watched the entire debate online last night. It was not the split screen version. Romney won handily, but the notion that President Obama was off his game does not jibe with the perfomance I saw. Given the lousy record he has to defend, Obama did alright. Romney definitely won, but the reviews of President Obama's performance are perplexing.
The limpwristed prez was a disaster. Stupid is as stupid does. I do not see him as eye candy or anything but an ugly mussolini type and his do nothing about our dead in Libya was an impeachable offense. I find hin offensive just being alive and prez.
Romney didn't even have to be at the top of his game to make his pathetic opponent look like a third grader trying to get through a history test. Obama had no facts that were true and his attacks fell short every time. I hope he at least got to play a little golf in Vegas, otherwise it was a wasted trip.
Can't wait until the foreign policy debate, which is going to separate the adults from the crybabies. The error that Obama, Hillary and Susan Rice made concerning the attack in Libya, and the amateurish, obvious attempt at a cover up makes Jimmy Carter look like Napoleon. Their policies around the rest of the world are just as bad, they just haven't had them blow up in their faces yet.
It isn't so complicated, it's not. Obama was taking the debate in stride, and to smooth out his nerves before hand, he smoked one of his marijuana blunts. He had his stupid smirk on; he was tripping on his "illegal smile".
Obama only knows his campaign’s spin. For example:
During a speech, Romney says, “Cutting tax rates across the board will create millions of new jobs, which will generate increased tax revenues to help reduce the deficit.” (paraphrased)
The Obama campaign releases an ad saying, “Romney wants to give millionaires and billionaires a $5billion tax cut.”
An Obama Super-PAC ad says, “Romney will raise taxes on the middle class, while cutting taxes for millionaires and billionaires like him.”
Because his debate prep handlers want him to stay “on message”, they prompt him on the campaign’s talking points, without telling him what Romney actually said.
During the debate, when Obama says, “Romney wants to cut taxes for the rich by $5billion,” Romney responds by saying, “That’s not my position. What I’ve said all along is…” [and explains his position.] Obama is caught off-guard and has no response.
After the debate, Obama’s handlers tell him to go on the attack. During a speech to partisan supporters the next morning he says, “Romney lied last night. For months he has supported a $5billion tax cut for the rich, now, with 5 weeks to go, he’s changing his position.”
OH-Bama got taken to the woodshed Wednesday night and OH-Bama is out the next day acting like a little school yard transgender nerd hiding behind a girl's skirt and calling Mitt names. This person (I won't call him president or man) who occupies our White House along with his moochy-whiny wife aren't fit enough to be on the cleaning staff. Come November 6th...we the people take the trash out.
What the hiring class requires is certainty that their taxes, their energy costs, and their medical care plan costs will not go up. Someone said that the business of America is business, and another said that he had never been offered a job by a poor man.
In his misguided search for "fairness", the President ignores these maxims to our national detriment.
Sununu was right. Wednesday night is a perfect illustration of what happens when you match up affirmative action "smarts" against real smarts. Romney is one of the most decent men you will ever meet. That is why the press and Obama have worked so hard to portray him as a hard-hearted plutocrat. Romney is also one of the most brilliant men you'll ever meet. He is one of only 15 people ever to earn the joint law and business graduate degrees as Harvard. And, he wound up at the top of both the law and business school classes while doing them simultaneously. I think he had a couple of kids at the time, too. But, Obama and the press have tried to paint him as a bumbling fool. Lying SOBs.
Romney set out to get into Obie's head last tuesday night, and that he did. He destroyed the Obiemeister. Now do you really think that Santorum, Gingrich, Bachmann, Paul, Cain, Pawlenty, et al could have done that?? Hint: NFW. Let's roll.
Re #31 the blogger at Hillbuzz knows a lot about Obie because he is in Chicago and has many contacts there.
Obie was pretty notorious in that town before he moved into the White House. His habits, his sexual proclivities, what, where and with whom. He was not discreet. So he is remembered by a lot of people he probably wishes would forget about that part of his life.
Florida is the New Selma, and not for the first time. On a visit to Tallahassee Tuesday, Jesse Jackson "used the phrase ´Selma of our time´--a reference to civil rights marches in Alabama that helped prompt change in the 1960s," the Miami Herald reports. By way of explanation, the paper quotes an earlier, ungrammatical comment the septuagenarian would-be provocateur made last month on CNN, where he "talked about an economic boycott to ´isolate Florida as a kind of apartheid state given this whole stand your ground laws.´ "
A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The NSA boasts in training materials that the program, called XKeyscore, is its "widest-reaching" system for developing intelligence from the internet. (Snip)The files shed light on one of Snowden´s most controversial statements, made in his first video interview published by the Guardian on June 10.
Dream Defenders Executive Director Philip Agnew has said he knew the group would have to “get comfortable with being uncomfortable” during its now-13-day sit in at the Capitol. The college activists reached a new level of “uncomfortable” over the weekend – the group said Capitol police stopped food from coming into the building, leaving a group of about 50 protesters with little more than snack items and a few cups of water. Reports from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement indicate that´s not accurate.(Snip)phone calls to FDLE in support of the protest shut down the center’s ability
The Department of Justice civil rights unit sent to Sanford, Florida in 2012 to mediate the anti-George Zimmerman protests has a history of putting racial advocacy ahead of its mandated duties, according to a former head of the unit. “At CRS headquarters, we (meaning I) regularly had to warn or take corrective action against career employees for acting as advocates instead of mediators,” Ondray Harris, the former director of the DOJ’s Community Relations Service (CRS), told The Daily Caller. CRS was the unit deployed to Sanford in 2012 to oversee anti-Zimmerman protests.
The family of the ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has accused the army of abducting him. His daughter Shaimaa told a news conference in Cairo that the family was taking legal measures against the army. Mr Morsi has been held at an undisclosed location without charge since he was removed from power on 3 July. (Snip)One of Mr Morsi´s sons, Osama, said: "What is going on is a violation of human rights and a scandal in every sense of the word."
In the charade that became the trial of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, and in the continuing aftermath of the verdict, there was one thing the American people didn’t get from much of the national broadcast media: fairness. In the hours of continuous coverage that I monitored and recorded, I couldn’t believe the lack of balance in coverage.(Snip)Some news organizations seemed to resist the temptation of balanced reporting from the onset. What happened to investigating stories thoroughly? What happened to balancing a report with all points of view? And what happened to keeping agendas and
George Zimmerman, who has not been seen publicly since being acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin earlier this month, surfaced last week to rescue an unidentified driver trapped in an overturned truck in Florida, police said Monday. Sanford Police Department Capt. Jim McAuliffe told Fox News that Zimmerman, 29, was identified by a crash victim as the man who pulled him from the mangled vehicle last week. “George Zimmerman pulled me out,” firefighters were told by the unidentified driver, according to McAuliffe.
I have to admit, I’m stumped. Either something fairly important happened yesterday in Washington, or as readers of The Dallas Morning News might say, “I have no idea what you mean.” News reports, mostly from the right-of-center media, would indicate a 50-year IRS employee, recently retired as a tax specialist, testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Carter Hull, we’re told, said the inappropriate screening of tea party-related applications reached at least the office of the IRS chief counsel, one of two political appointees in the building. You remember the IRS scandal, right?
The brother of Trayvon Martin, whose shooting death by George Zimmerman gained international attention over the past year, is currently serving as an intern for Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., her office confirmed to NBC News. A Florida jury found Zimmerman not guilty of of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter on July 13. Zimmerman says he shot the teen in self defense. Martin’s brother Jahvaris Fulton attends Florida International University in Miami, Fla., (Snip) According to Wilson´s office, Fulton is also part of the 5000 Roll Models of Excellence Project.
In 2005 the Florida legislator enacted statute 776.032. “Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.” This immunity statute is often erroneously referred to as Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground (SYG) law, even by lawyers, judges, and law professors who ought to know better.(Snip)In fact, SYG is a different statute entirely, 776.013(3). Although many states have adopted some form of self-defense immunity law, Florida’s is remarkably broad in many respects. It provides not only immunity from both civil liability and criminal prosecution, but even from arrest in instances that lack probable cause
In the aftermath of the acquittal of George Zimmerman, Eric Holder, Al Sharpton and Ben Jealous of the NAACP are calling on the black community to rise up in national protest. Yet they know — and Barack Obama, whose silence speaks volumes, knows — nothing is going to happen. "Stand-Your-Ground" laws in Florida and other states are not going to be repealed. George Zimmerman is not going to be prosecuted for a federal "hate crime" in the death of Trayvon Martin. The result of all this ginned-up rage that has produced vandalism and violence
President Barack Obama’s half-brother, Malik Obama, had a close relationship with Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi that continued from the 1980s until the dictator’s death. A photograph obtained by the Daily Caller shows Malik smiling with Gadhafi. Photos of Gadhafi from the time period appear to place the photo somewhere between 1987-1990, around the same time as the 1986 Berlin discotheque bombing and the Lockerbie bombing in 1988, for both of which Libya was responsible. Obama was a vocal supporter of the Libyan dictator and once interceded with his brother on Gadhafi’s behalf during the Libyan civil war,
White House insiders say President Barack Obama is in “a funk” about what he sees as increasing stagnation and failures surrounding his second term and some worry that the President is becoming more distant and distracted. “He’s not the same Obama that came to the Oval Office after the 2008 elections,” a senior White House aided confided to friends in an email recently. “I’m worried.” Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel tells friends that the Presidency has changed his longtime friend Obama and many of those changes are “not good.”
In warning about possible al Qaeda attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials may have provided too much detail about intercepted chatter and the source of the information, and that may make it more difficult to get such tips next time, former and current intelligence officials say.On Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans, citing an unspecified al Qaeda threat. The bulletin said that the highest threat levels are the Middle East and North Africa, “and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arab Peninsula.”
Washington - President Barack Obama´s top national security advisers met at the White House on Saturday to discuss the potential threat of terrorist attacks that caused Washington and its allies to issue travel warnings and close embassies throughout the Middle East. The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday (Snip) Obama is spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat after playing golf earlier on Saturday. His birthday is Sunday. The White House said Obama had received regular briefings about the potential threat and U.S. preparedness measures all week.
[Video] Rapper Jay Z appearing on HBO´s "Real Time" with Bill Maher says that the black community wants upward economic mobility rather than a stronger police presence. In a conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank about police tactics such as stop-and-frisk, Jay Z suggests the stagnant economy and wealth inequality could cause widespread social unrest: "The real problem is there´s no middle class, right? So the gap between the have and have-nots is getting wider and wider... It´s gonna be a problem that no amount of police can solve, because once you have that sort of oppression
Common sense tells me that cops don´t need a Taser or a shotgun to subdue a 95-year-old man. When John Wrana was a young man, fit and strong and fighting in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps, did he ever think he´d end this way? Just a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday, in need of a walker to move about, cops coming through the door of his retirement home with a Taser and a shotgun.
Not only should President Obama cancel a bilateral summit with "schoolyard bully" Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday on "Face the Nation," but considering the country granted asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, U.S. allies should try to move next month´s G-20 gathering from St. Petersburg. "President Putin´s behaving like a schoolyard bully, and in my experience, I´ve learned, unless you stand up to that bully, they ask for more and more and more," Schumer said. "He´s always going out of his way, President Putin is, to seem to poke us in
You don´t have to be gay or even Russian to feel the wrath of the Russian government´s homophobia. You could go to jail if you are "pro-gay," whatever that means. And that´s under just one of a growing number of hate-infused bills becoming law at a time when, as it happens, Russia is preparing to host the world in the next Winter Olympics. The perverse anti-gay legislation is inflaming an atmosphere of persistent intimidation and at times deadly violence against Russian gays and lesbians. The question now is: What should the rest of the world do?
Several skills that every kid once learned in school are going the way of the dodo in a hurry. Diagramming sentences is practically an extinct art, for example. Cursive handwriting and memorized multiplication tables look to be swiftly headed that way. Apparently, the next thing that kids will no longer need to learn is spelling and grammar. Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in northeast England, announced that traditional language rules are out of fashion, reports the Daily Mail. Kids don’t need to waste time on those things, see. State-of-the-art computers and mobile phones can make
I have a suggestion. How about an exhibit on Tawana Brawley? If the purpose of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian is to remember racial controversies, as the proposed Trayvon exhibit seems to confirm, then how about an honest look at the phenomenon of hate crime hoaxes? Particular attention should be paid to the role of the media in both the Trayvon and Tawana materials. Unquestionably, the media stirred up racial animus, and these incidents both contributed to raising racial tensions.
An odd dark vertical line that was observed in the sky over Florida earlier this week has left meteorologists puzzled. The shadowy apparition was spotted and photographed by Mike Weight at Honeymoon Island State Park near Dunedin, Florida, Wednesday. Weight was walking on the beach at around 12.30pm. The day was bright and sunny, but there were thunderheads forming to the east. ‘I was looking North when I observed what looked like a ray of dark light coming down from a small cloud to the surface of the Gulf about a half-mile away,’ the 73-year-old man wrote in an email
Police shot and killed an armed teen in the South Bronx early today after the suspect opened fire and refused to drop his gun, police said. Two rookie cops heard shots fired near East 151st Street and Courtlandt Avenue around 3 a.m. and ran in the direction of fire, police said. The uniformed officers saw Shaaliver Douse, 14, of the South Bronx, chasing another person through the streets, according to cops. Douse, who was arrested in May on attempted murder charges for shooting a 15-year-old, fired at the man running on East 151st Street this morning, police said.
Goose Creek resident Nancy Mace officially announced her campaign to defeat U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in the 2014 Republican Party primary. The first woman to graduate from the Citadel, Mace is a well-regarded up-and-comer in Palmetto State politics, counting at least one notable South Carolina Tea Party fave as an ally, state Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort). However, if Mace truly hopes to secure the SCGOP nomination, she will need to answer questions about another comrade, Will Folks of FITSNews. As the former co-owner of FITSNews, Mace presided over the South Carolina political gossip site during its most infamous days;