Monday, October 8, 2012

Election 2012: Week Five in Review

by Sunnyjane

Take your stinking brat, mister.  I'm sick of hearing her wail about Big Bird!

So President Obama suffered ninety minutes of bad in the first presidential debate against Mitt Romney.  Oh...My...God!  Will the Republic survive?  Probably.

Who knows why the President's game was off. Speculation has run the gamut from poor preparation, to his focusing on a breaking international crisis, to altitude sickness.  [For our international readers, Denver, Colorado is nicknamed The Mile High City because it is situated on land that ranges from 5,130 to 5,690 feet above sea level; there are 5,28o feet in a mile.  For comparison, Washington, DC is one-to-four hundred feet above sea level.]  Let's all just take a deep breath, sports fans: the score might be 0-1 for our team at the moment, but there are three more quarters of this debate season to be played.  One October success does not a November victory make.

The Mother of All Etch-A-Sketch Shakeups

Except when I'm not, when I wasn't,
and when I won't be in the future.
While the Big Wiener Winner of Wednesday night's debate spoke to a couple hundred --maybe -- subspecies who are barely related to modern human beings at Colorado CPAC on Thursday morning, President Obama was speaking to more than thirty thousand wildly enthusiastic supporters in Madison, Wisconsin.

His speech was Pure Obama, unwaveringly passionate as he reiterated his positions as One Hundred Percent for not only the so-called middle class, but for all Americans.  However, there is one statement with which I must take exception.  The President said that the real Mitt Romney didn't show up for the debate.  I beg to differ, Mr. President.  The real Mitt Romney did appear on that stage; he was the guy to your right, the flip-flopping, pivoting, pandering, hypocritical, take-it-all-back, smirking liar we've all come to know, distrust, and loathe.  That Mitt Romney.

The Republican candidate started lying publicly when he said in November 2011 that he had always been a man of steadiness and consistency and practically challenged anyone to say differently.  In the primary debates, Romney lied when he said that as governor of Massachusetts he had been severely conservative.  While his primary opponents, especially Gingrich and Santorum, railed against such lies, Mitt became that severely far-right conservative nominee to both his supporters and to his opponents, especially after he selected Paul Ryan, who he described as the intellectual leader of the Republican Party, to be his running mate.   With Mitt running on his severely conservative positions, and choosing the most socially and fiscally conservative member of congress to join him, the Obama campaign was, quite naturally, tickled pink; it would be easy to present the liberal vs. conservative arguments to the American electorate, and that was obviously how they prepped for the first debate. 

They cannot say they were not warned.  When asked last March how Romney would appeal to moderates, independents, and undecideds with such a conservative vision, Eric Fehrnstrom said, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign.   Everything changes.  It’s almost like an Etch-A-Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all over again.  Romney surrogate Phil Gingrey was quite open about Mitt's shift to the middle just to get votes: The Republican, the conservative candidate in the primary, is always going to lean right and come back to the center for the general ... That’s all you are seeing here. It is very typical. We strong conservatives understand that. There are a lot of undecideds in this country…we want those votes too. So, this is campaign strategy.

Americans should take Gingrey at his word and assume that's exactly Romney is doing.  There was nothing moderate about how he described his view of nearly half of the country in his secret little tape to his donors last May, and the voters should remember it:  There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. There are 47% who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. 

The real story of the debate turned out not to be that Romney won, or that he may have cheated, but that he lied so much it was appalling.  The Washington Post, Politicususa, and Alternet were just a few of the news outlets that enumerated the falsehoods he threw at the American electorate.  And the Obama Campaign wasted no time  putting up a dynamic ad titled Trust on Mitt's debate fabrications.

Just ONE of the lies of Mitt RomneyTrust him?  I don't think so.

Concerning Romney's lies, Paul Krugman said, The press can't handle flat-out untruths in this video.  Or a longer version here.

Basically, Mitt Romney is a hologram: no matter which way you turn him, you get a different image.  
An Elite Cheat-Sheet Feat?

Man, I hope nobody caught on to that!
Let's face it: Mitt Romney is not the brightest bulb in the chandelier.  And since he's also a liar and a bully, it would not be stretching reality to find that he cheated in the first presidential debate by using prefab notes wrapped in his handkerchief.  [In Palin's write-it-on-your-palm world, wrapping notes in a handkerchief would be considered advanced technology.]  

Ann's assertion that her husband's integrity is golden always has that Hamlet The lady doth protest too much methinks quality about it, to the point that her own truthfulness is highly suspect.  Would she allow Mitt to go to such lengths to make it to the White House?  Did Imelda Marcos have a shoe fetish?

Mitt Romney's actions before and after the debate have reached Hanky-Panky-Gate proportions on the blogosphere.  Did Ann set it up with her emotional little tale on Wednesday about Mitt's debate ritual, that he always removes his watch and writes Dad on a piece of paper?   It’s a cute thing, she said. The first thing that he does is he takes off his watch and puts it on the podium. What, he doesn't trust his aides with his damn watch?  Did anyone ever seen him remove his watch during the primary debates?  Has anyone ever seen him toss a handkerchief onto the podium?  Why take the handkerchief out of his pocket before he needs it?  And why does it take two hands to place it on the podium?

A lot of questions with few concrete answers.  There may well be evidence that something at least unethical occurred, but nothing yet that is conclusive and sustainable.  Good information and photos can be found here and here, where we see the Romney family's very questionable behavior at the end of the debate.

The next presidential debate on October 16 will be a town-hall format, similar to the debate between Obama and McCain in 2008.  There will be little opportunity for Mitt to pull any shenanigans. 

The debate questions from citizens and Candy Crowley of CNN will be the moderator.


Feeling Left Out of the Polling?

If, like me, you sometimes think, Hey, no pollsters ever call me!, here's your chance. 

Thirty-one states are participating in 7-11 stores' 7-Election 2012 polling activity.  Interestingly, this poll has chosen the winner in the last three presidential campaigns.  The website is pretty neat; you can see how the polling is going in your state and many cities.  

Just drop by your local 7-11 and get coffee in the cup of your choice.  [Spoiler: as of this writing, the President was beating Romney by 60-40!]

End Note

The Bureau of Labor statistics came out on Friday, October 5th, showing that unemployment in the country had dropped to 7.8 percent in September.  

Hair stylists and barbers in wealthy areas  saw an alarming number of cases that indicated their patrons had pulled out their own hair, and dentists in affluent zip codes around the country announced increased instances of teeth-gnashing.

It was reported that multiple Republican suicide attempts also followed the announcement.  However, all jumpers were rescued in order to make them suffer further angst and humiliation.

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