Gibbs: Boy I sure hope we can keep up with Romney at the debate

posted at 5:01 pm on September 23, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

We should be used to the “setting expectations game” by now, but during this week’s round of Sunday shows, Robert Gibbs may have taken the art form to a new, amateurish low. Referring to the upcoming presidential debates in October, the Mouthpiece-in-Chief prepared the nation for Obama’s verbal defeat at the hands of the much more experienced Mitt Romney.

“Mitt Romney I think has an advantage because he’s been through 20 of these debates in the primaries over the last year,” the former White House press secretary said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Romney, Gibbs said, “even bragged that he was declared the winner in 16 of those debates. So I think in that sense having been through this much more recently than President Obama, I think he starts with an advantage.”

Because even as wonderful as President Obama is in all things, the one thing he’s not really good at is, you know… talking.

Shortly after that, Bill Clinton appeared with Bob Scheifer on Face the Nation and, when asked how he thought Obama was doing in the election, said, “even if the debates are a draw, we should be OK.” (No link to video yet.)

What we’re seeing here is a pattern of painting Romney as some sort of Goliath of the debate stage, with Barack Obama as David, valiantly struggling to stand up for the little guy. This fits in well with the populist struggle that Obama’s team is trying to portray, and also builds in a bit of an insurance policy in case Mitt catches the President flat footed on questions of the economy, jobs and the Middle East.

But that’s never the deciding factor anyway. It all comes down to the moderators who, unfortunately, set the starting point for each exchange. And Mitt doesn’t have a history of simply smacking down the moderators when they go grossly out of bounds the way Gingrich does. And what will the questions be… at least the ones which will comprise the thirty second sound bites that come out of these shows?

Who here thinks it will take more than three questions for the phrase “47 percent” to pop up?


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M2RB: A Change Of Pace

Resist We Much on September 23, 2012 at 5:02 PM

…Romney is no Newt…and you know he’ll be set up!

KOOLAID2 on September 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Goebbels has another exciting moment in his grave.

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

They should allow Gibbs to stand next to Obama in the debates and explain what he really meant.

BDavis on September 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Romney should hire Newt to prep him for the hostile moderators…

SWalker on September 23, 2012 at 5:07 PM

The bias in moderation is going to be absolutely shameless and sickening.

tom daschle concerned on September 23, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Because even as wonderful as President Obama is in all things, the one thing he’s not really good at is, you know… talking.

He really isn’t. Not a standing debate. He can Biden, and he can deliver a prepared speech like nobody’s business — but an on point answer with an unfriendly* reception?

Romney will clean his clock.

Gibbs tongue-in-cheek thing, which I think this might really be — will stop being a snicker-fest when the mikes turn on.

*critical reception; like being answered by a teenager with “yeah, but” over and over again.

Axe on September 23, 2012 at 5:08 PM

I certainly think this is an overconfident Gibbs mocking those who think Romney can out-debate Obama.

Jaibones on September 23, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Pic of the Day: Someone Youtubed!

M2RB: A Change Of Pace

Resist We Much on September 23, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Absolutely beautiful RWM… ;>

SWalker on September 23, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Romney’s goal has got to be to get under Barry’s skin. When Barry gets mad then he says things he can’t take back.

Don’t worry about being a nice guy – Obama isn’t.

gophergirl on September 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Romney should hire Newt to prep him for the hostile moderators…

SWalker on September 23, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Yes he should.

gophergirl on September 23, 2012 at 5:10 PM

But that’s never the deciding factor anyway. It all comes down to the moderators who, unfortunately, set the starting point for each exchange. And Mitt doesn’t have a history of simply smacking down the moderators when they go grossly out of bounds the way Gingrich does. And what will the questions be… at least the ones which will comprise the thirty second sound bites that come out of these shows?

..this fat, repulsive piece of crap is just managing expectations for his Uncle Ream-us. Please don’t throw me in that briar patch, Br’er Fox!

The War Planner on September 23, 2012 at 5:10 PM

There are so many clubs that Romney can beat 0bama with, I’m surprised that 0bama doesn’t simply refuse to debate.

Rebar on September 23, 2012 at 5:10 PM

They should allow Gibbs to stand next to Obama in the debates and explain what he really meant.

BDavis on September 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

No need. The moderators will do it for him and the rest of the media will pick up the slack following the debate.

tims472 on September 23, 2012 at 5:12 PM

B-b-b-but, I thought 0dumbo said he knew more than anyONE about everyTHING, so how could he possibly considered the underdog?? And we KNOW he will be provided the questions in advance, so there really should be no excuse for him not to win each and every debate.

Sasha List on September 23, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Don’t worry about being a nice guy – Obama isn’t.

gophergirl on September 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM

In native Gopher speak (which you are not) — that would be, I’m guessing –

Keep rushing the quarterback, keep forcing mistakes.

:)

?

Axe on September 23, 2012 at 5:14 PM

The media must be confused. For weeks they have said how awful Romney is and how he is going to lose, and then they are told that he is a debating legend. How do they spin that?

milcus on September 23, 2012 at 5:14 PM

President Obama , you are so magnificent in your magnificence and Mrs Obama is so awesome and beautiful in her awesomeness and grace and charm and she is such a ravishing beauty
so Gov Romney , why do you hate blacks and latinos ?

burrata on September 23, 2012 at 5:14 PM

I was expecting “Obama is so busy governing and attending to world crises that he doesn’t have time to practice for a mere debate.”

Wethal on September 23, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Aaaah. Ye Olde Rope-A-Dope!

;)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on September 23, 2012 at 5:15 PM

It is going to one miracle if Mitt can pull this off on the debates. bho/team will have the questions before and Mitt will be on his own? Mitt is smart, but he will have to go after bho lock stock and barrel to pull this off, IMO?
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letget on September 23, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Before the debates the media will insist that since Romney is such a skilled debater that Obama will be allowed to have a teleprompter as well as 5 lifelines like on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” just to keep it fair!

tims472 on September 23, 2012 at 5:16 PM

The media must be confused. For weeks they have said how awful Romney is and how he is going to lose, and then they are told that he is a debating legend. How do they spin that?

milcus on September 23, 2012 at 5:14 PM

There you go, expecting a rational, logical consistency. :)

Wethal on September 23, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Little Bammie has a huge advantage, -he owns the debate moderators.

slickwillie2001 on September 23, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Romney will clean his clock.

Axe on September 23, 2012 at 5:08 PM

..but it will be a variant on the Nixon v. Kennedy debate ~~ where those that listened thought Nixon won and those that watched thought Kennedy won. Only this time, the good citizens who tune in will see Romney mop the floor with Obama. The MSM will report that Romney — in a fit of frustration over being out-pointed — mooned the audience and flipped off the moderator.

Tangential historical note:
In the old days, when the USA and USSR used to stage dual track meets, the 10,000 meter runner for the USA won the event with the USSR runner coming in second, of course. The next day Pravda reported this in the headlines:

SOVIET RUNNER FINISHES SECOND IN 10K; USA RUNNER FINISHES NEXT-TO-LAST!

The War Planner on September 23, 2012 at 5:17 PM

They could also claim, like with the Rick Warren interviews, that McCain/Romney got the questions ahead of itme, and that’s why he did so much better than Obama.

Not that a lot of practice with extemporaneous speaking would matter…

Wethal on September 23, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Romney needs to take the battle to Obama and be direct and forceful in the debate.

thatsafactjack on September 23, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Where is Sheetrock to tell us how Hussein has already won all the debates ?

burrata on September 23, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Why give the Romney people advice? They won’t take it. If they gave Obama one tenth the treatment I’ve been giving him for years you could already put a fork in him. He’d be done.

Of course, that would be in a world where we didn’t have our biased msm. So, no matter how many times I’ve said put a fork in him, Obama is our modern day Carrie.

http://www.grannyjanandjihadkitty.com/

No Niks on September 23, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Axe on September 23, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Exactly.

gophergirl on September 23, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Romney is on to them, I think. Watch the exchange where the mod asked the candidates about Newt’s personal life. We all know the moderators are small-minded and not too swift, and they look ridiculous when they try to puff themselves up.

Paddington on September 23, 2012 at 5:26 PM

There is an article at CNN wherein Gingrich tells Piers Morgan that “Romney should do to Obama what he did to me.”

Due to moderation, which I believe employes M Theory, I guess any link from CNN is strictly forbidden.

So, I’m unable to provide a handy link to the aforementioned article.

However, if one were to enter “Gingrich to Romney: Do to Obama what you did to me.” -CNN in one’s browser search bar, one might well find said article.

thatsafactjack on September 23, 2012 at 5:26 PM

http://www.grannyjanandjihadkitty.com/

No Niks on September 23, 2012 at 5:22 PM

BWAHAHAH… Obama holding the Loc-Nar… How many people will get that reference?

SWalker on September 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Look, no matter how the moderator tries to spin things, the debates are the ONE TIME preezy is going to have to answer for his incompetence — so don’t think for a minute that his surrogates aren’t scared sh*tless about that. Preezy is tied right now because he hasn’t had to answer any questions about his failures of leadership. Look at how they completely freaked out after the Univision interview — and that was just a tiny prick into the thin veneer covering up his massive failures. Of course they’ll lower expectations about the debate. They have to. It is going to be a filibustering train wreck for preezy, and they all know it. And Romney had better damn well be ready to deliver one knock-out punch after another, because debating barack should be child’s play. The man is a steaming heap of failure, lies, and cover ups.

Rational Thought on September 23, 2012 at 5:28 PM

If Mitt goes on offense, offense, and offense on everything bho says to turn the topic around to bho’s failures, he can do this. bho hasn’t a leg to stand on and he knows it. bho will do the money thing, the bain thing, anything else he can thing of to change the subjest? bho is famous for this. Don’t fall for it! bho can talk for ten minutes and say zero about anything. Come on Mitt, please go after bho for his last four years.
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letget on September 23, 2012 at 5:29 PM

They should allow Gibbs to stand next to Obama in the debates and explain what he really meant.

BDavis on September 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Don’t be silly. That is the moderators job.

mpthompson on September 23, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Prediction: Messy Ending

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on September 23, 2012 at 5:32 PM

So Gibb, the Obama campaign, and the MSM (but I repeat myself) are setting low expectations for Jugears performance. Then, after the debate they can loudly proclaim, “President Obama (PBUH) exceeded expectations and turned in a stellar performance during the debate” and that will become the media narrative. The good news, only diehard democrats will believe this silly spin.

AZfederalist on September 23, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Who are we kidding. The fact is that Obama could blather incoherently between sucking on his thumb and the media will still declare Obama the victor in the debate.

mpthompson on September 23, 2012 at 5:35 PM

And what will the questions be… at least the ones which will comprise the thirty second sound bites that come out of these shows?

I don’t know why but the cynic in me thinks that the debate questions will be leaked to the President before he even prepares for the event. Maybe I just don’t trust the media.

Special Forces Grunt on September 23, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Zero has never had to debate what he did, only what he would do. That’s why these debates will be such a train wreck for him. He’s going to be yapping 2008 talking points, and Romney will be saying “You’ve been the president for the past 4 years! What are you talking about?”

Rational Thought on September 23, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Because even as wonderful as President Obama is in all things, the one thing he’s not really good at is, you know… talking reading.

FIFY

Caper29 on September 23, 2012 at 5:36 PM

The ‘Obama Wins Debate’ articles are already written.

slickwillie2001 on September 23, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Romney’s goal has got to be to get under Barry’s skin. When Barry gets mad then he says things he can’t take back.

Don’t worry about being a nice guy – Obama isn’t.

gophergirl on September 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM

That’s good.

obama already hates him. Just get under his thin skin, Mittens, the rest will write itself.

Lanceman on September 23, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I could stand in for Obama… “let me be clear…” followed by unclear words.

faraway on September 23, 2012 at 5:39 PM

However, if one were to enter “Gingrich to Romney: Do to Obama what you did to me.” -CNN in one’s browser search bar, one might well find said article.

thatsafactjack on September 23, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Here’s praying that Mitt understands that it genuinely is time for him to slip the brass knuckles on and make damned sure he has a XDM tucked in his waistband…

SWalker on September 23, 2012 at 5:40 PM

gophergirl on September 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM

OMG, if you are correct, this JUST be the meltdown I have been praying for that bho does on national tv! Wonder how many times Mitt will get the famous middle finger on the face during the debates from bho?
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letget on September 23, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Romney could turn to Obama and ask what exactly he meant when he wrote in his book that, if it came down to it, Obama would support the Muslims over Americans.

mpthompson on September 23, 2012 at 5:40 PM

This should help! Thanks for the lay up Bill Kristol:

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/09/23/bill-kristol-obama-team-turned-around-bushs-financial-meltdown/

libfreeordie on September 23, 2012 at 5:41 PM

“Because even as wonderful as President Obama is in all things, the one thing he’s not really good at is, you know… talking.”

Oh, no. He’s great at umm, err, y’know, talking.

He’s just terrible at telling any form of the truth while doing so.

Siddhartha Vicious on September 23, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Resist We Much on September 23, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Brings “BISHOP!!” to a whole new level.

bettycooper on September 23, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Mitt should say at the start of the debate that he expects Obama to say “let me be clear”.

hahahahaha

faraway on September 23, 2012 at 5:44 PM

As most of us now know, Obama’s talking ability (sans TOTUS) has been greatly exaggerated. However, so have his debate skills.

I paid close attention to the 2008 Dem primary & debates after Obama’s “surprise” IA win followed by Hillary’s “surprise” NH win because the drama sucked me in — and the guy just is not that smart or good in debates. Sure, next to McCain (who is also bad in debates) in the 2008 GE debates Obama came off half decent, but most of the Dem primary debates went like this: Hillary said something, Obama responded by basically restating what Hillary said with a few “uhs” thrown in. We saw what happened to him during the Univision interview — which is actually one of the first time I’ve ever seen him being confronted with/pressed on any hard questions ever.

I expect Romney to do far better at the debates (most of his rallies are done without a teleprompter) than Obama even with the biased moderaters throwing Obama soft balls & trying to stick it to Romney. I also expect the MSM to declare Obama the winner of each of them.

But they don’t matter — as long as Romney doesn’t stand there & pee his pants at the podium, he’ll show the undecideds that he’s an acceptable alternative to Obama.

Dark Star on September 23, 2012 at 5:45 PM

I will hand it to Romney that he definitely did get better and sharper as the debates went on. Thought he had a few cringe worth moments in the early ones. He is best when he is calm and not overly wordy. Concise and precise. I really think his genuineness against Obama’s arrogance will contrast very nicely fro him.

1nolibgal on September 23, 2012 at 5:46 PM

There are so many clubs that Romney can beat 0bama with, I’m surprised that 0bama doesn’t simply refuse to debate.

Rebar on September 23, 2012 at 5:10 PM

He hasn’t actually debated yet….

UnderstandingisPower on September 23, 2012 at 5:46 PM

I don’t know why but the cynic in me thinks that the debate questions will be leaked to the President before he even prepares for the event. Maybe I just don’t trust the media.

Special Forces Grunt on September 23, 2012 at 5:35 PM

You’re not cynical. You’re a realist. I’m sure the questions were leaked to Obama last time as well. Obama just doesn’t speak coherently off the cuff and struggles even with a teleprompter. If Mitt really does clean his clock I can see the final debates being canceled.

txhsmom on September 23, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Boy?

faraway on September 23, 2012 at 5:49 PM

On the VP debate Gibbs said they are prepared to invoke the mercy rule if Biden starts gibbering by the third question. No expectation-setting there.

curved space on September 23, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Goebbels has another exciting moment in his grave.

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Look at my new one (optics):

German Troops Riot in Italy over Disney Film!

Have we gone full-bore Orwellian or not?

BTW, Sandberg’s article is great.

Resist We Much on September 23, 2012 at 5:54 PM

It doesn’t matter. The entitlement generation wants their bennies. Nothing in the debates changes that.

Obama is going to win in a landslide.

muckdog on September 23, 2012 at 5:55 PM

1st question to Romney at every debate: Why are you such a poopy-head?

1st question to Obama at every debate: Why is Romney such a poopy-head?

Sacramento on September 23, 2012 at 5:56 PM

This should help! Thanks for the lay up Bill Kristol:

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/09/23/bill-kristol-obama-team-turned-around-bushs-financial-meltdown/

libfreeordie on September 23, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Does this mean obama’s won? I should stay home?

I’d like to ask David Brooks and get a second opinion.

Lanceman on September 23, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Romney is going to clean his clock, mop the floor with him, take out the trash and mow the lawn with him.

A then Mitt will paint the garage with Barry’s Fro dipped in whitewash.

Romney/Ryan 2012

SparkPlug on September 23, 2012 at 5:59 PM

This is from Gallup today. Notice what’s happened since the 47 percent “gaffe”

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/09/22/gallup-on-romneys-terrible-month/

workingclass artist on September 23, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Here’s the thing, the Obama administration has been trying to play the expectations game before Obama was even sworn in, and it never works. Simply put, in 08, they spent soooooo muuuuuuch time setting Obama up as the greatest speaker in a generation, that he’s always going to be expected to be articulate.

That said, I think Obama is gonna be thrashed in the debates. This is the guy that struggled against McCain, when all he had to do to win was say, “Bush,” over and over. He’s had no real debate experience since then, and has never had to defend his record. On top of that, reportedly his debate moderators are aiming to primarily repeat his campaign talking points during the debate, which is true is a bone headed mistake. His campaign talking points are weak to begin with, and can be dismantled with surprising ease.

So no, I’m not worried that the Obama administration will be able to set expectations low enough, nor am I worried that Romney won’t do well.

WolvenOne on September 23, 2012 at 6:03 PM

If Zero knows what is good for him, he will cancel the debate at the last minute.

He is better off pretending to be busy doing “stuff” than demonstrating his criminal lack of expertise in front of the whole world.

StubbleSpark on September 23, 2012 at 6:03 PM

I briefly flipped to Fox and there was some blonde talking with what appeared to be 3 dens and they were getting a chuckle about the electoral college map saying O has 250 electoral votes and Romney has 168. They were basically saying it was too late for Mitt to do anything. This is on Fox, imagine what’s on the other networks. I didn’t stay for the Obama anthem.

megthered on September 23, 2012 at 6:05 PM

This should help! Thanks for the lay up Bill Kristol:

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/09/23/bill-kristol-obama-team-turned-around-bushs-financial-meltdown/

libfreeordie on September 23, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Just because the media calls someone a “conservative” commentator does not necessarily make it so.

To the point, I guess that turnaround is why we now have a $16T debt, $1.5T deficits, 8+% unemployment for the past 42 months, gasoline prices more than double what they were when Bush left office, and record numbers of workers leaving the job market. Yep, darned fine turnaround there.

AZfederalist on September 23, 2012 at 6:05 PM

This should help! Thanks for the lay up Bill Kristol:

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/09/23/bill-kristol-obama-team-turned-around-bushs-financial-meltdown/

libfreeordie on September 23, 2012 at 5:41 PM

I love it when you Dems start desperately citing a Neocon that most of us Hot Gas folks tossed under the bus long ago, simply because he supports your obviously horrible internal polling.

You do know that you’re giving credibility to a dude who helped destroy HillaryCare and also supported the liberation of Iraq.

He’s also a huge supporter of Sarah Palin.

A+

Del Dolemonte on September 23, 2012 at 6:06 PM

This should help! Thanks for the lay up Bill Kristol:

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/09/23/bill-kristol-obama-team-turned-around-bushs-financial-meltdown/

libfreeordie on September 23, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Only an idiot would listen to Kristol.

When will you people learn — just saying something doesn’t make it true. $16 trillion in debt; 43 months > 8% unemployment; 23 million Americans un or under-employed; median income down; food stamp rolls up; devalued dollar. Obama “saved” the economy by giving us cheap money & no jobs. Yet you think that is all magically erased because of Kristol’s latest moronic reasoning? Bwahahaha! You probably fell for the whole “it was a spontaneous protest over a video that turned violent” line too, huh? I bet you didn’t even realize that when Carney stated 2 days ago that it was “self-evident that it was a terrorist attack” that he was saying you were an idiot for believing the previous lie given how eager you are to believe this new one.

Dark Star on September 23, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Well, Biden should be a lock as he’s probably had hundreds of debates in his 50 year career.

kim roy on September 23, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Obama is a snake oil salesman, a schmooooozer, a flim flam man. He isn’t so good with the facts, and couldn’t describe his foreign policy if it were in big words on the back of a cereal box. Romney’s team needs to ask him why he hasn’t been able to get anyone to support his budget and what he would do if elected to get this country back on fiscal solvency. And watch what happens. Blah blah yada yada “Bush” blah blah yada yada “Bain” blah blah yada yada 4.5 million jobs. snooze.

scalleywag on September 23, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Even if Mitt does well in the debates, will it swing Ohio? Florida? According to Rasmussen this morning, those crucial swing states have Obama in the lead, although barely. Watch for the MSM to hammer endlessly how Obama “won” the debate to once again try to sway public opinion. We’ll see how gullible or informed the American public are in November. I can’t wait.

Decoski on September 23, 2012 at 6:12 PM

On the VP debate Gibbs said they are prepared to invoke the mercy rule if Biden starts gibbering by the third question. No expectation-setting there.

curved space on September 23, 2012 at 5:54 PM

The Mercy Rule? Is that where an Obama Operative pop’s a cap in Biden’s noggin to shut him up and keep him from damaging Obama any more?

SWalker on September 23, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Be wary. Seems as if Gibbsy has something up his sleeve waiting for Mitt at the debates. I don’t trust these people as far as I can toss my horse. 45 days!

Kissmygrits on September 23, 2012 at 6:15 PM

“I think basically for the last three or four weeks the skeptics have been proven to be too skeptical. The naysayers who said it could never happen, it’s going to be violent, his departure would mean the Muslim Brotherhood taking over with total chaos in the streets of Egypt, they have been proven wrong. And the notion that the Egyptian people have managed to pull off this democratic, peaceful removal of a dictator, and now have a seemingly a pretty stable situation in the streets of Cairo and the other big cities, with the guarantee or at least a promise of a transition to free and fair elections and no real sense that those elections are — yet that the elections are going to go in some terrible direction for the U.S. or for Egypt itself.

I think this may be a case where the normal worldly pessimism is too pessimistic and the normal cynicism is too cynical, and one has a right to actually be hopeful about these developments in Egypt.”

- Bill Kristol, 13 February 2011

How’s that Arab Spring working out for ya, Billy?

Resist We Much on September 23, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Kissmygrits is right. Watch out for dirty tricks.

SparkPlug on September 23, 2012 at 6:18 PM

However, if one were to enter “Gingrich to Romney: Do to Obama what you did to me.” -CNN in one’s browser search bar, one might well find said article.

thatsafactjack on September 23, 2012 at 5:26 PM

This might be what you are looking for:

Newt offers Romney some good advice

PatriotGal2257 on September 23, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Kissmygrits is right. Watch out for dirty tricks.

SparkPlug on September 23, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Watch out? If I were Romney, I’d anticipate and expect them.

PatriotGal2257 on September 23, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Romney is going to have to beat Obama like a rented mule in these debates. It should be easy as long as he doesn’t tie his own hands trying to be nice. For God’s sake, Obama had a tough time taking heat from Univision.

The Count on September 23, 2012 at 6:21 PM

One of Romney’s weaknesses is he does not read any conservative blogs. He seems bewildered that the press collude with the Obama campaign. That Noonan, Frum and Brooks were Obama supporters etc. That Bill Kristol is trying to undermine his campaign. He has no one taking down Rush Limbaugh suggestions, which are usually excellent.

pat on September 23, 2012 at 6:24 PM

i don’t know why Rs go along with this strategy. Most insiders seem to think that the debates will do the trick.

well, i’m not so sure.

we have a monolithic adversary in the barry.press who probably already have their headlines written.

i mean, how, we suddenly have barry, the greatest orator since…fill in the blank…is the underdog?

and mitt says yeah we’re really need a good debate…Seriously???? Axe/Soros couldn’t write a better script

‘Romney needed a slam dunk in the First debate….but did he get it?’

r keller on September 23, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Best Video in the Entire World!!!

VorDaj on September 23, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Because even as wonderful as President Obama is in all things, the one thing he’s not really good at is, you know… talking.

Well… I mean, he really isn’t that great at talking once he gets off the script.

Ukiah on September 23, 2012 at 6:28 PM

PatriotGal2257 on September 23, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Thanks, PatriotGal12257!

thatsafactjack on September 23, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Sorry…2257!

thatsafactjack on September 23, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Because even as wonderful as President Obama is in all things, the one thing he’s not really good at is, you know… talking.

posted at 5:01 pm on September 23, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

You’re falling for the soft bigotry of low expectations. Hussein’s only good at “talking” when reading from a teleprompter. Without it, he’s a blithering idiot who can’t string together a coherent sentence except for Marxist catch-phrases like “spread the wealth around” and “you didn’t build that”.

Luckily, Romney’s beaten the affirmative action game at Harvard with race deck stacked against him.

He’ll wipe the floor with Hussein.

sauldalinsky on September 23, 2012 at 6:34 PM

The “debates” should be as easy for OBOZO as the rest of his affirmative-action-special-treatment life. As a chronic, habitual, pathological LIAR, OBOZO will ignore the truth, the facts and reality, and will be protected by one of the socialist media stooges controlling the debate. This leftist “moderator” will keep their lips firmly attached to OBOZO’s buttocks and give him a free pass on his bs, while they do everything possible to get a “gotcha” on Romney.

TeaPartyNation on September 23, 2012 at 6:36 PM

No teleprompter for Barry.

Lots of uh,,,uh…uh..uh..uhs.

Barry’s tactic: Show his “feminine” side (maybe sing, dance) and hope that it looks like a big bad (Romney) man is picking on a woman.

albill on September 23, 2012 at 6:39 PM

there’s a lot of very progressive Rs…and they seem to pop out at the most convenient times…for barry

I suppose barry will make an ad featuring this from kristol

“Bush was president during the financial meltdown, the Obama team has turned that around pretty well,” he explained. “He’s got to make it a referendum on the choice about the next four years, and explain what Obama would do over the next four years that would be bad for the country and what he would do would be good for the country.”

Raw Story (http://s.tt/1o8n4)

so, i assume that kristol will vote obama, just like half of the other ‘conservative’ pundits.

there are layers of stuff wrong with this. and I gather that Kristol, along with 90 percent of the beltway class, knows nada about the Fed, economics, or economic data supplied by the st louis fed

really shocking…i mean ben has claimed 2M jobs that he has saved.

not that kristol cares, but the number of full time employees is about the same as it was 10 YEARS ago bill!!!!

yeah there has been a lot of job growth in PT employment…not that kristol cares

in a oligarchy bill is just one more court jester, well paid

r keller on September 23, 2012 at 6:42 PM

I think Gibbs should be straight with the American people and just come out and deny the rumors that he prefers little boys instead of little adolescent girls.
It would do him good to get it off his chest.

dirtengineer on September 23, 2012 at 6:43 PM

No teleprompter for Barry.

Lots of uh,,,uh…uh..uh..uhs.

Barry’s tactic: Show his “feminine” side (maybe sing, dance) and hope that it looks like a big bad (Romney) man is picking on a woman.

albill on September 23, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Now do we know this for sure? Shortbusbarry could get a badly needed mulligan against the racist party. Well known for the “unprecedented”, Lil Barry just might be given his training wheels because, “Its the right thing to do.”

onomo on September 23, 2012 at 6:47 PM

There are so many clubs that Romney can beat 0bama with, I’m surprised that 0bama doesn’t simply refuse to debate.

Rebar on September 23, 2012 at 5:10 PM

He hasn’t actually debated yet….

UnderstandingisPower on September 23, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Funny you should mention this.
I was having conversation Friday that maybe some October surprise will “Prevent” Obama from the first two debates.

OTTO on September 23, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Funny you should mention this.
I was having conversation Friday that maybe some October surprise will “Prevent” Obama from the first two debates.

OTTO on September 23, 2012 at 6:48 PM

..Otto, perhaps the “October Surprise” will be his backing the “good Libyans” and some questionable cabal of Egyptian Mooz-lem Bro-hood thugs against a straw army of AQ. Accomplishing your “too busy” objective plus getting him a few points among low-info voters.

The War Planner on September 23, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Romney is going to have to beat Obama like a rented mule in these debates. It should be easy as long as he doesn’t tie his own hands trying to be nice. For God’s sake, Obama had a tough time taking heat from Univision.

The Count on September 23, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Beating obama isn’t the hard part , getting the Goebbels regime media to report it is.

the_nile on September 23, 2012 at 6:57 PM

They’re barely keeping up in Pennsylvania.

“Three in four (undecided voters) say the country’s going in the wrong direction,” Lee said. If they believe that, they’re unlikely to back the incumbent, he said. “They’re either staying home or they’re voting for Romney.”

SouthernGent on September 23, 2012 at 7:02 PM

The Truth:

It doesn’t matter what they say; it only matters what they say they say.

No matter what candidates say in speeches, or in debates, the media spin the next morning is all that counts. And, we know what the media spin will say: Obama was brilliant. Romney lost.

mountainaires on September 23, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Can Barry use a telepromter?

Dingbat63 on September 23, 2012 at 7:03 PM

How’s that Arab Spring working out for ya, Billy?

Resist We Much on September 23, 2012 at 6:17 PM

God yes. Could we just dispense with this man as a pundit now? He’s a pathetic liar, and his pompous pronouncements meet the criteria for the bottom of the bird cage.

mountainaires on September 23, 2012 at 7:06 PM

thatsafactjack on September 23, 2012 at 6:32 PM

LOL! My pleasure, Jackie! Sorry I didn’t see your reply sooner. Busy cooking.

Miscellaneous trivia: the “2257″ on my handle is not my birthday. It’s the last four numbers of my parents’ old phone number. :D

PatriotGal2257 on September 23, 2012 at 7:06 PM

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