The Big Story: Last Night’s Presidential Debate

by TKOEd • Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 • no responses - be the first

I don’t know about you, but Obama took Romney to college. Stern, but cool, Professor Barack was on full display last night. Obama was downright snarky in a lot of his responses, and sought to cast Romney as a liar, and totally clueless:

On a whole range of issues, whether it’s the Middle East, whether it’s Afghanistan, whether it’s Iraq, whether it’s now Iran, you’ve been all over the map.”

“There have been times, Governor, frankly, during the course of this campaign, where it sounded like you thought that you’d do the same things we did, but you’d say them louder and somehow that that would make a difference.”

“You mention the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets,” Obama said during the final presidential debate. “We have these things called aircraft carriers and planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines. It’s not a game of battleship where we’re counting ships, it’s ‘What are our capabilities?’”

“Well, Governor Romney’s right, you are familiar with jobs being shipped overseas because you invested in companies that were shipping jobs overseas…”

“When I went to Israel as a candidate, I didn’t take donors, I didn’t attend fundraisers, I went to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum…”

This was a presidential sonning. Time, and again Romeny brought up the economy, smartly, but to me it was also because he didn’t really want any part of a FP debate in which he was totally outgunned. Unless you’re a senator on a committee that deals with FP, you’re basically up shit creek when going against the POTUS on that ground. Romney, who’s shown very little interest in FP at all, was no different.

We’re headed down the home stretch is this year’s campaigns, it could be a doozy, but I think Obama’s going to win it in the end. Last night was a definitely good for his chances as most post-debate polls showed Obama winning easily. Probably won’t mean much to the polls, but another good performance by the Prez was definitely a must. I thought he was much better than he was in the 2nd debate. As much as I relished his snark, and full blown clowning of Romney, I was definitely concerned he might come off churlish. Doesn’t seem like most folks thought that. Now it’s all about GOTV operations, and if you were paying attention in ’08, you know that Obama might have the best in the business. Obama is already off to a great start in Nevada. Early voting will be huge again this year, but the race is still very close. I’m crossing my fingers ‘til I someone on MSNBC calling it for Obama on election night.

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The Big Story: Tonight’s Debate

by TKOEd • Monday, Oct 22, 2012 • no responses - be the first

3rd, and final debate tonight between “Benghazi” Barack & “Mexican” Mitt. This one is going to be a foreign policy throwdown. So what should we be checking for during the debate? I’m glad you asked!

  1. Someone out there will be counting how many time Mitt says Benghazi tonight. I do NOT recommend a drinking game based on this word unless you have a doctor standing by.
  2. Can Barack, at a minimum, lay out an a cohesive, and comprehensible outline for what foreign policy will look like in his next term? Especially in the Middle East.
  3. Does Mitt Romeny actually have any knowledge of American foreign policy in the last 4 years that’s more than skin deep? He’s not done well on this front.
  4. How many times will Obama mention Bin Laden? This is probably better suited for alcoholic shenanigans.
  5. Does Mitt Romney sound like he wants to bomb, and/or invade Iran?
  6. How many times will Romney mention Russia? He apparently thinks that Russia is a huge threat to America.
  7. Is Romney able to put President Obama on the defensive?
  8. Is Obama able to make Romney seem out of his league?

Maybe the biggest meme about tonight’s debate will be whether or not comes off like a “plausible commander-in-chief.” I think this does have some importance, but only from the standpoint of facts, and knowledge. The only way to really come off as a plausible C-in-C is to know what the fuck you’re talking about, and to tell the truth. Romney has spent a lot of lying during the last 2 debates. I expect this one to be different, but only slightly. I think it’s harder to tell bald-headed lies about FP, so I think Romney will give a lot of non-answers, and tell many half-truths.

I’ll of course be live-tweeting the debate @AmericaInBlack. Follow me & engage. Thanks!

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