The over-nights are in, and it looks like the experts believe that, technically, Big Guy won the round on points butt is still losing the match.
Everybody says BO won the foreign affairs portion of the foreign affairs debate because Mr. Romney didn’t challenge him on his weak-cheese handling of Libya. Still, they’re giving the whole meghillah to the rich white guy because he won the economic debate (again) and looked more presidential (again)?
And hey, don’t get me wrong - I enjoy snarking as much as the next guy! Butt somehow it seems more appropriate on my little blog than on the presidential debate stage. Which is probably why everybody is saying this morning that Romney seemed “presidential” and BO seemed, well, “hectoring” “petty” “pompous” “petulant” “childish” “smug” and “snarky” – which I think gives snarky a bad wrap.
Romney on the other hand was calm, graceful, winsome. The snarkiest the Governor got was to surreptitiously correct BO’s pronunciation of “Pakistan” and “derisive.” And let the fact checkers reflect that Mr. Romney’s pronunciation was correct on both counts - at least as for as Americans are concerned.
I know everybody was disappointed that Big Guy didn’t get a chance to smack the Governor down again going after Big Guy’s (mis)handling of the Libya terror attack. Apparently Mitt decided to dodge that snare for fear of getting dragged down into the same rabbit hole the Preezy dragged us into:
ALICE: [Angrily] Why, how impolite of him. I asked him a civil question, and he pretended not to hear me. That's not at all nice. [Calling after him] I say, Mr. White Rabbit, where are you going? Hmmm. He won't answer me. And I do so want to know what he is late for.
ALICE [Falling]: How curious. I never realized that rabbit holes were so dark . . . and so long . . . and so empty. I believe I have been falling for five minutes, and I still can't see the bottom!
And it’s too bad, because Big Guy was really loaded for bear on Benghazi-gate this time: he had ten ways to Tuesday to
lie about spell out why he didn’t say what you thought he said and didn’t do what you thought he did (or didn’t) do. It’s not a coincidence that it was the first question out of Bob Schieffer’s mouth. It’s almost as if Romney knew what BO’s strategy was.
So by side-stepping the issue Mitt threw Big Guy’s timing off and left him a little hare-triggered (sic) the rest of the night.
Perhaps that’s why he looked so dyspeptic throughout the debate.
BO, I mean.
Anyway, not being able to
lie about explain Libya further the Preezy had nowhere to go other than his fallback strategy: calling his opponent a liar. With a little help from his friends (see above) that plan usually works. Even if your opponent denies it. Because after all, who would expect the leader of the free world to sit up there center stage and lie? So, with that cover, and knowing that after the last debate debacle there would be no real-time fact checking on stage, that’s the route we took.
Here are just a couple of the little white-rabbit lies that we had to deploy in order to WTF:
- Romney’s statement of BO’s position on Iraq (fact check, Romney was correct)
- Romney’s position on the GM bankruptcy and government backed loans, to wit:
- “The American auto industry is vital to our national interest as an employer and as a hub for manufacturing. A managed bankruptcy may be the only path to the fundamental restructuring the industry needs. It would permit the companies to shed excess labor, pension and real estate costs. The federal government should provide guarantees for post-bankruptcy financing and assure car buyers that their warranties are not at risk.” (fact check, Romney was correct.)
- BO’s insistence that the college tuition program in Massachusetts happened before he became governor. (fact check, Romney was correct: The John and Abigail Adams scholarship program began in 2004 when Mitt was governor.)
I really should talk to Dr. Sanity about this
pathological knee-jerk reaction on Big Guy’s part to, uh, obfuscate when the facts are a bit unseemly. I’m sure it has something to do with his childhood. Or maybe it’s just the stress, in which case it should go away soon.
And the fact remains; just because these “facts” can be disproved, Big Guy still WON the debate! Because, as we’ve discussed before “the rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday – but never jam to-day.”
Butt enough about that, let’s talk wardrobe, shall we? Once again our frugal FLOTUS wore recycled Thom Browne, winner of Lady M’s National Design Award this year (rerun, butt do not miss) from the DNC convention:
Last night, with the special “wrap it up” pin and, right, at the DNC, with the “put a wrap on it” Joe
It was a custom dress made exclusively for Lady M in midnight lace and, I think, from Thom’s “Real Housewives” line.
So, Governor Romney’s take away message: "President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. MY promise... is to help you and your family." And Big Guys: “Make sure you keep those Chinese tires properly inflated, I promise to overrule Congress on sequestration, and let me just remind you that I whacked Osama.”
Oh and one last thing: Mitt Romney? He’s not really one of us.