Quotes of the day

posted at 10:57 pm on October 1, 2012 by Allahpundit

With more than 50 million people watching and the presidency at stake, the candidates will meet for their first debate on Wednesday at the University of Denver, and both are cramming like college students before an exam. But it is not enough to pore through the voluminous briefing books. Victory may come down to a single exchange, or a single impression, an answer that comes off as too edgy or, conversely, as too long-winded…

Mr. Romney’s team has concluded that debates are about creating moments and has equipped him with a series of zingers that he has memorized and has been practicing on aides since August. His strategy includes luring the president into appearing smug or evasive about his responsibility for the economy…

To prepare Mr. Romney, Mr. Portman has played Mr. Obama combatively, attacking Mr. Romney as a rich man who does not care about average Americans. Evidently, he has gotten under the candidate’s skin. “We get the chance to debate one another, and after the hour and a half or so is over, I want to kick him out of the room,” Mr. Romney said recently.

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The Republican presidential nominee has spent at least eight days over the past month getting ready for the three debates against President Barack Obama. He’s holed up for hours on end with briefing books, top aides and his sparring partner, Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman, often at the expense of campaigning.

Romney began intense sessions Sept. 4 at an adviser’s home in Vermont. Those ran for three days and drew the campaign’s entire top echelon to a remote resort in the mountains. A few weeks later, top aides flew to Los Angeles for more practice. Romney has held debate practice at his Boston headquarters, and he spent part of last weekend at the Back Bay Events Center, where the auditorium holds 1,100 people…

To guard against his trouble spot, Romney’s sparring partner — Portman — has spent hours carefully weaving personal jibes into his answers during mock debate sessions in which longtime Romney adviser Peter Flaherty stood in for moderator Jim Lehrer.

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The debates didn’t sink him in 2008 — they were probably a net plus taken as a whole, his staffers believe — but this time around Obama’s bedrock political asset is his likeability and capacity to bond with middle-class voters. Hence the unwritten rule in debate prep sessions against Sen. John Kerry, Romney’s stand-in: Hold your ground, but no more sneers.

“This is not a guy who can hide his contempt, and the only thing that can really hurt is if he’s smug and thinks he’s got this in the bag,” said a Democrat close to the Obama campaign, echoing the sentiments of several other aides and advisers heading into Wednesday’s inaugural debate against Romney at the University of Denver…

Team Obama has faith in their candidate’s discipline, but there are concerns his attitude could lead to another Al Gore eye-rolling or George H.W. Bush watch-peering episode.

“He can’t be a bigger d—k than Romney,” summed up the Democratic insider, familiar with the preparations.

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First, the president begins a pattern of “ahs” and “uhmms” which are as embarrassing as they are revealing. The awkward pausing punctuated by these semi-stutters increases in frequency as the president senses his own flailing about.

Next, the president begins filibustering. His average length of answer in every press conference is already epic, but he has been getting worse as the presidency has dragged on. Pressers are not battles between the “reporters” and the president. Very few not named Jake or Ed bother the president with fastballs. The struggle is simply between the president and the effort he has to land the plane anywhere near where it took off, so far does he wander as he rambles through the minutes he is obliged to spend appearing to take questions.

The president will allegedly be subject to time limits on Wednesday night, but his contempt for most such rules almost guarantees he will blow through every limit and dare the moderator or Mitt Romney to challenge him.

If either does, we will be treated to “tell No. 4,” the president’s feigned outrage that anyone would interrupt or question him.

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Amid all the pregame coverage of the first presidential debate, don’t neglect the Twitter effect. The winner and loser could be decided and the post-game narrative and media coverage could be set before the candidates even leave the stage

Many national, state, and local political reporters follow each other on Twitter and have a continual conversation about the state of the race. During the debate, the online dialogue will only be heightened as reporters analyze President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney in real-time. And once a particular storyline takes hold (whether it be focus on an answer, zinger, twitch, or tie color), it will likely only be cemented by subsequent tweets, blog posts, newspaper stories and cable news coverage.

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Mitt Romney needs to deliver a strong debate performance on Wednesday but will be hard-pressed to completely alter the trajectory of the campaign in one appearance, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) said Monday afternoon…

We still have five weeks… I would be surprised if 100 percent of that is achieved in just the debates,” Barbour said when asked if the GOP nominee could fix middle-class voters’ perception that he does not understand their struggles as well as flesh out more policy details during the three presidential debates.

“Romney has time both through the debates and in other ways to make the sale. I think the burden is on him — it’s his election to win, has been the whole time. He has to do it,” he added.

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Morning everyone! Only a month to go! ONLY A MONTH!

*poof*

Axe on October 2, 2012 at 5:05 AM

Moderation is the root of all evil.

Heh.

Think aboodit.

hillbillyjim on October 2, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Well, I guess I scrood it,
Don’t know much aboodit.

I don’t much like the moderation,
Since I’m just an intelligence simulation.

Made in Japan.

Eep op ork ah hah.

hillbillyjim on October 2, 2012 at 6:03 AM

Ruh row, ell roy.

hillbillyjim on October 2, 2012 at 6:05 AM

Moderation is the root of all evil.

Heh.

hillbillyjim on October 2, 2012 at 6:00 AM

…talking about ‘moderator’..you see any traps?…There was TOO MUCH CHIT CHAT last night and not enough serious music…l 2 g has traps out to catch some scaly thing before it complains to A P about the sex, bra sizes, nipples (which reminds me…anybody seen Allah’s NippleHair lately?)… undergarments and lingerie wrapped around body parts instead of being worn ‘properly’… talk of FOOD…all kinds of testosterone was floating around that” shouldn’t be ‘fining’ in these waters”!………..so please do not disturb the traps to catch the tattle tale teller!

KOOLAID2 on October 2, 2012 at 6:34 AM

good morning!

cmsinaz on October 2, 2012 at 6:38 AM

not digging this script error window…
arrrgghhh

cmsinaz on October 2, 2012 at 6:41 AM

Reagan Takes Oath As 40th President; Promises An ‘Era Of National Renewal’

Minutes Later, 52 U.S. Hostages in Iran Fly to Freedom After 444-Day Ordeal

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0120.html

And Romney gets MSM hacks criticizing this quote:

If it looks like I’m going to win, the markets will be happy. If it looks like the president’s going to win, the markets should not be terribly happy. It depends of course which markets you’re talking about, which types of commodities and so forth, but my own view is that if we win on November 6th, there will be a great deal of optimism about the future of this country. We’ll see capital come back and we’ll have to do nothing.

socalcon on October 2, 2012 at 6:44 AM

good morning!

cmsinaz on October 2, 2012 at 6:38 AM

(:->)coz!
IT is!

KOOLAID2 on October 2, 2012 at 6:44 AM

O/T: Here is something to think about. My take.

kingsjester on October 2, 2012 at 6:46 AM

not digging this script error window…
arrrgghhh

cmsinaz on October 2, 2012 at 6:41 AM

Really? I get one on Townhall Tipsheet…something about an ABC video…But not on the IPad.

socalcon on October 2, 2012 at 6:47 AM

socalcon on October 2, 2012 at 6:47 AM

just the laptop as well….oh well

KOOLAID2 on October 2, 2012 at 6:44 AM
Axe on October 2, 2012 at 5:05 AM

:)

cmsinaz on October 2, 2012 at 6:49 AM

can i just say rattner sounds like a rat…

the only thing these folks can talk about is that mitt needs to be specific….do they not have anything else to say?

cmsinaz on October 2, 2012 at 6:51 AM

The debates didn’t sink him in 2008 — they were probably a net plus taken as a whole, his staffers believe — but this time around Obama’s bedrock political asset is his likeability and capacity to bond with middle-class voters. Hence the unwritten rule in debate prep sessions against Sen. John Kerry, Romney’s stand-in: Hold your ground, but no more sneers.

Oh please…Obama seems to me to be an arrogant little snot.

Terrye on October 2, 2012 at 6:52 AM

GOOD TAKE KJ

wake up folks, we are going to be in a world of hurt if this idiot gets another 4 years

cmsinaz on October 2, 2012 at 6:54 AM

…morning k j and socalcon !…I’m giving up on the script error window and heading for work!

KOOLAID2 on October 2, 2012 at 6:55 AM

I was getting one at work on the F & F thread yesterday.

Mornin’, KOOLAID2!
Thank you. cmsinaz!

kingsjester on October 2, 2012 at 6:57 AM

so mitt has a problem with lack of authenticity and dear leader just drips with it

puhleeze

cmsinaz on October 2, 2012 at 7:06 AM

Obama is about as authentic as a three dollar bill with his picture on it.

kingsjester on October 2, 2012 at 7:09 AM

kingsjester on October 2, 2012 at 7:09 AM

exactamundo

cmsinaz on October 2, 2012 at 7:10 AM

Romney knuckles down, gets aides who he knows can get under his skin and prepares for the debates.

Obama goes to a country club where he can daydream about his golf game.

No matter how badly Obama can falter the MFM will always be there to buck him up. F&F, Benghazi, Middle East policy in ruins, economy in decline, papering over the workforce participation rate, flying over local disasters when he even deigns to recognize them… and stealth inflation. Stagflation if any in the MFM would deign to say it.

Carter redux, save the MFM is all-in for the slackluster President.

ajacksonian on October 2, 2012 at 7:11 AM

The DOTUS smiles and stutters and the Media and middle class Moms in Ohio swoon……

Mitt is “angry eyes” Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrich Whhhiiiiiiiiite ollllllllddd throwback culllllllllltist that has all whhhhhhiiiiite kids and a CAR elllllllevator.

You should the Destroyer and hate the one trying to save the economy.

Got it, thanks Traitorous Media.

PappyD61 on October 2, 2012 at 7:13 AM

finally, someone on morning joe says that obama hasn’t been specific enough as well…with rattner saying yes he has wahhhhhhhh….

highlarious

cmsinaz on October 2, 2012 at 7:15 AM

Just how can someone appeal to the ‘middle class’ when that is the very group of people that are feeling the pinch and hard pressed due to the economic decisions backed by this President? There are no places in that electron shell to bond to, the lack of economy is turning them into noble gasses and Obama, while toxic, ain’t no fluorine that’s for sure.

ajacksonian on October 2, 2012 at 7:18 AM

ajacksonian on October 2, 2012 at 7:11 AM

and now our fate rests with the debates. after seeing david gregory’s open advocacy of faux warren, i continue to wonder why we place the fate of our nation in liberal moderators hands.

i hope romney makes it a point to highlight the corrupt nature of the media. i doubt it. like Caddell says, mitt yearns to be accepted by the mainstream media.

renalin on October 2, 2012 at 7:35 AM

Please stop giving attention to the Obama-supporting trolls, especially when they aren’t even posting in a thread.

bluegill on October 1, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Okay……………….takes time away from posting taunts to the bigoted gilled one anyway. Bigot!

Bmore on October 2, 2012 at 7:44 AM

Well heck, I can’t wait all night for my other sock puppet, I’m tired.

cozmo on October 1, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Sorry to be so late Boss. The dang site is logging me off every three or four posts. It must have realized we are posting from the same IP.

Bmore on October 2, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Okay……………….takes time away from posting taunts to the bigoted gilled one anyway. Bigot!

Bmore on October 2, 2012 at 7:44 AM

heh

Rio Linda Refugee on October 2, 2012 at 7:52 AM

LoLz..That ABC script error has cost HA about 200 comments in my estimation..Of course my estimate is no better than the polls that have Obie leading..:)

Dire Straits on October 2, 2012 at 2:16 AM

Truer words, seldom spoken. ; )

Bmore on October 2, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Bmore on October 2, 2012 at 7:44 AM

It never resurfaced? Gee, I sure hope it didn’t go belly up.

Flora Duh on October 2, 2012 at 8:00 AM

the gall of msnbc. to have an entire segment on the failure in afghanistan, show a clip of bush, yet not even mention obamas name.

mika a fan of granholms failed speech. ratner must have drunk truth serum this morning, he thought granholm was medicated. earlier he said he disagreed with 70? of warrens financial policies.

let hope the rat is jumping from a sinking ship.

renalin on October 2, 2012 at 8:08 AM

the gall of msnbc. to have an entire segment on the failure in afghanistan, show a clip of bush, yet not even mention obamas name.

renalin on October 2, 2012 at 8:08 AM

In an interview several years ago, Mika said this:

“I’ve worked in the mainstream media for all the networks and I will say what people aren’t saying. It’s got a liberal world view. There are great people working at the networks, and they’re mostly democrats, ok?,” said Brzezinski, whose father was National Security Adviser to Pres. Carter.

“I think honestly what needs to happen, is we need to stop pretending about who we are and every journalist should tell us what their political affiliation is, who they voted for, and we go from there.”

And I’ve been reminding her of it all morning on Twitter.

Flora Duh on October 2, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Calista Gingrich really needs to lose the helmet hairdo. And the color is even faker than Mika’s.

Naturally Curly on October 2, 2012 at 8:25 AM

“We get the chance to debate one another, and after the hour and a half or so is over, I want to kick him out of the room,” Mr. Romney said recently.

Hold that thought, Mitt. This is politics not tiddlywinks. The dignity and decorum of the office is a very thin veneer that has mostly disappeared during the last 4 years.

Kissmygrits on October 2, 2012 at 9:37 AM

When someone like Cutter says Mitt is likely to win, why can’t the journalist just say, “Yeah, Obama is pretty incompetent, but I am surprised you are acknowledging how poorly Obama has done”, then watch the backtrack, they never have the huevoes to call their bluff.

right2bright on October 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Calista Gingrich really needs to lose the helmet hairdo. And the color is even faker than Mika’s.

Naturally Curly on October 2, 2012 at 8:25 AM

…and this is how Obama got elected…

right2bright on October 2, 2012 at 10:01 AM

The obvious take is this…Obama will diss Mitt for one liners and zingers, but state it takes more than cute remarks to run a country.

Most every interview has them stating that in some way…because Obama can’t answer in concise statements, and Mitt can, they will try to take away Mitt’s strength, being to the point, and curt. He is not a “gabby” politician, but a cut to the chase businessman. Obama has to attack his strength…meanwhile, when tried to be cut off, Obama will say “But, umm, ahhhh, these are complex questions, that can’t be answered in a few short sound bites, that’s not how you run a country, ummm, aahhhh, you, ummm, have got to give me time to answer it thoughtfully, I, ahhhh, get the timeline, but good decisions take thoughtful, thorough approach and solutions, it’s easy to just throw out a cute sentence, when you are not in that seat….” then, after bantering and filibustering for more time, they will give him even more time.

Mark my words…”You can’t ask a complex question, and not give me time to answer”, will be the theme…

Mitt’s response should be…if you can’t be concise, be direct, than what happens in the Egypt, and the middle east, what happens to our economy continues…it takes concise direction and policy, we aren’t lining up for a tee shot, or a free throw, time is of the essence, and you need to be prepared to make those decisions, off the green.

right2bright on October 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM

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