Thursday, October 04, 2012

Debate... sigh

I predicted prior to last nights debate-- I mean, debacle, that Obama could essentially close out the campaign with a strong performance. And by strong, I meant more or less human. He needed only to be warm and personable, maybe challenge Romney on any lies he told, and bam! the horrifically inept Romney campaign would be essentially dead in the water.

Sigh. That's obviously not what happened last night. Obama let Romney get by with some real whoppers. The President acted oddly, looking down at his podium and notes most of the time while Romney was speaking. His one joke line that I noticed, about Donald Trump, fell flat, since he hadn't showed any levity to that point and no one was sure it was a joke. He didn't  hammer Romney on why Romneycare was good but Obamacare is bad. He didn't hammer Romney on his bullshit tax policy lies. Didn't  hammer Romney on suddenly being for the 10th fucking Amendment all of a sudden when he and the Republicans don't give a shit about it when it comes to gay marriage or abortion. He let Romney get away with suddenly reversing course on several issues. It was a damned disaster.

Where was the 47%? Why wasn't he talking about all the issues on which Romney has been getting his own damned position wrong in the past month. Obama mentioned math, echoing Bill Clinton's brilliant convention speech, but didn't really go anywhere with it. He didn't do a good enough job highlighting how ridiculous an idea it is that you can cut taxes on the wealthy and have absolutely no revenue enhancements and yet somehow balance the budget.

He didn't hammer Romney on his bullshit contention that he spent "fifteen years" in business as if he's run a small business. Romney hasn't had a paying job in the private sector since the fucking nineties, for Christ sake, and then he just had a plum job running a venture capital firm. That's not job creation and it's not starting a business from the damned ground up. Of course Romney doesn't understand tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas; he's never fucking created a job in his life!

Why did Obama let Romney get away with pretending that it was Obama's fault that Obamacare wasn't done in a bipartisan manner? Did Obama forget that Mitch McConnell gave the fucking game away when he admitted that the Republicans' main task these past four years was to deny Obama a second term? Obama pissed me and a lot of other liberals off by trying so goddamned hard to work with an intransigent Republican party who had no intention of letting anything get accomplished on his watch. And now he doesn't even take credit for it? Jesus.

Why didn't he mention Romney's refusal to release his tax returns and the fact that Romney has consistently lied about them? That Romney himself said that if he'd paid more taxes than he was required to, he wouldn't be qualified to be President, but that Romney fucking did pay more taxes than he was required to last year because if he took all his deductions he'd have paid less than the 13% he says he has always paid?

Argh. Some of my friends echoed Al Sharpton, who said on MSNBC last night that Obama is playing a long game, and this is just part of it. I hope that's true. But I don't really believe it. Obama screwed the pooch last night and gave the Romney campaign a second wind. Romney should already be down for the count. And now, he's not.


At 8:39 AM, Blogger R. Paul Wiegand said...

It was a poor showing on the part of the President, to be sure. In Go parlance: Romeny held sente, while Obama gave in gote.

The problem I had was his long, meandering defensive responses. For example, between the time Romney first brandish the oft-quote canard about Obamacare panels secretly deciding your treatments and Obama making it clear that there was no such power in the panel, something like five minutes and two exchanges went by.

I understand and appreciate the propensity to be nuanced with complicated material, but in a debate there just isn't time ... and even if there were time, it wasn't as if he were clearly articulating his points anyway. For a jab like the one I described above, Obama should have immediately come back with: "This is not true. The panel you describe has no such power, as has been made clear in the law and subsequent vetting. Let's talk about what your plan would not do ..." Parry quickly, then repost. But Obama spent all his time (it seemed) fussing about the details of the argument.

And he seemed to completely miss the *way* in which Romney was pivoting on his tax plan. Instead of insisting on repeating the $5 trillion dollar quote that Romney seemed to dispatch, he should have attacked the core of that dodge: "You just said you would lower rates, as you have said explicitly in your plan. That will cost money. The tax policy center says that will cost $5 trillion, how much do you say it will cost? And what *specific* loopholes will you close to offset that cost to make it revenue neutral?"

Romney was trying to make the argument that the total costs would be $0 because, regardless of what he eventually does to reduce tax rates, he will offset them such that it will always be revenue neutral. Taken at face value, this is a reasonable rebuttal to Obama: How can you say it will cost this much money when I'm insisting all reduction must be offset to make it revenue neutral? The answer is: Because he *can't* reduce by the rates he has in his plan and offset them by closing loopholes.

Instead, Obama stammers out surprise that Romney seems to have done a 180 on his tax plan. In reality, Romney didn't change his position on his plan at all, he just changed how he framed it ... and Obama didn't seem to be able to adapt quickly enough to this framing.

Even Obama's closing remarks were strange and unpolished. It really seemed to me like he was unprepared for the debate. This is not a long-term strategy, this was a critical error at a critical moment in the campaign. If he'd even given the spin room some room to spin, things would have been fine. But even the spinners couldn't make anything out of the performance. It was a sound and thorough trouncing by a man who has hitherto bumbled his way through his campaign.

At 5:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's really very difficult in this busy life to listen news on Television, therefore I only use internet for that reason, and take the most recent news.

my homepage same day payday loans
Feel free to visit my web blog ... same day payday loans

At 7:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will right аωay ѕnatch уour rss as I can't to find your e-mail subscription hyperlink or e-newsletter service. Do you've any?

Kindly allow me realize in order that I may subsсribe.

Feеl frеe to visit my blog post - same day payday loans
my webpage > same day payday loans

At 7:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Helpful info. Fortunate mе I found your site unintentionally, and Ι am
surprised why this twist of fate dіd not took ρlace
іn advance! I bookmarked it.

Ηаve a loοk at my ωebsite - payday loans no credit check
Feel free to surf my web site - payday loans no credit check

At 6:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's really very complicated in this full of activity life to listen news on Television, therefore I simply use the web for that reason, and get the latest information.
Also see my website > loans for bad credit

At 12:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can I just say what a comfort to find аn individual
who genuinelу knows what they аrе disсussing on the internet.
You асtuаlly undeгѕtanԁ
how tо bгing an issue to light and make it imрortant.
A lοt more peoρle should checκ this out and undегstand this siԁe of your stοгy.
I can't believe you are not more popular because you most certainly possess the gift.
Also visit my web-site :: payday loans no credit check

At 2:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ιt's amazing to pay a quick visit this site and reading the views of all mates about this piece of writing, while I am also keen of getting knowledge.
Feel free to visit my web-site ; loans for bad credit

At 5:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the hardware and building stores there is certainly an total aisle of
white-plastic-coated metal storage cages.
You will discover, however, some points that even
a frugal cook just desires to splurge on and invest in new.

Take a look at my site:

At 4:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gеnеrally I do not reaԁ аrticle on blοgѕ, but
I wish to saу that thіs wгіte-up verу сompellеd me to tгy
and do so! Youг writing taѕte hаs
been surprisеd me. Thanks, quite nіce aгticle.

Fеel freе to surf tο my web blog
... quick cash loans
my page :: quick cash loans

At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neat blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
A theme like yours with a few simple adjustements
would really make my blog shine. Please let me know where you got your design.
Thank you

Here is my website - buy followers

At 5:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wоw, amаzing weblog structure! How long have you eνeг been running a blog fоr?

you make blogging look eaѕy. The totаl glanсе оf
your sіtе іѕ wonԁerful, lеt
alonе the соntent matеrіal!

Ηerе iѕ my blog post ... payday loans bad credit

At 2:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am really enjoying the theme/design of your weblog.
Do you ever run into any browser compatibility problems?
A small number of my blog audience have complained about my website not working correctly in Explorer but looks
great in Firefox. Do you have any ideas to help fix
this issue?

Stop by my website - money talks show
my webpage - money talks video

At 7:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is very interesting, You are a very skilled blogger.

I've joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your wonderful post. Also, I have shared your web site in my social networks!

Here is my webpage :: make money

At 11:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have a spam problem on this website; I also am a blogger,
and I was wanting to know your situation; many of
us have created some nice practices and we are looking to swap strategies with other folks, be sure
to shoot me an e-mail if interested.

Here is my web blog - cedar finace

At 9:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a stuff of un-ambiguity and preserveness of precious
experience on the topic of unexpected emotions.

My web blog :: cedar finace

At 7:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like reading through a post that can make men and women think.

Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

Check out my webpage; Nike Air Max

At 6:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all people
you really know what you're speaking approximately! Bookmarked. Please additionally talk over with my website =). We will have a hyperlink trade agreement among us

Here is my homepage ... NFL Jerseys Cheap

At 5:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I absolutely love your website.. Very nice colors
& theme. Did you create this web site yourself?
Please reply back as I'm trying to create my own website and would love to know where you got this from or what the theme is named. Kudos!

Review my web page :: Converse Basse

At 4:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my webpage ::

At 4:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is my homepage:

At 8:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is my web site ::

At 11:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my site -

At 2:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your post
seem to be running off the screen in Ie. I'm not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with browser compatibility but I thought I'd post to let you know.

The layout look great though! Hope you get the problem solved soon.

Look at my page book of raw online spielen

At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic blog you have here but I was wanting to
know if you knew of any message boards that cover
the same topics discussed here? I'd really love to be a part of community where I can get suggestions from other experienced individuals that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Many thanks!

Have a look at my blog post ::

At 11:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I do think your blog could be having browser compatibility problems.

Whenever I take a look at your site in Safari, it looks fine however when opening in IE, it
has some overlapping issues. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up!
Besides that, excellent website!

My web page :: books of ra Online spielen

At 9:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the helpful info you provide in your articles.
I'll bookmark your blog and check again here frequently. I am quite certain I'll learn lots of new stuff right
here! Good luck for the next!

Look at my weblog ... book of ra apps

At 7:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

electronic cigarettes, ecig, best electronic cigarettes, ecig forum, e cigarette, best e cigarette


Post a Comment

<< Home