Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on October 2, 2012 by Allahpundit

Call it the built-in gravitas gap: President Obama flies the country in a grand 747, cruises in plush limousines adorned with American flags, and speaks from the White House Rose Garden, while his campaign opponent, Mitt Romney, flies in a smaller MD-83 passenger jet, rides in nondescript SUVs and makes speeches at factories and strip malls.

But on Wednesday that gap is closed, even if just for 90 minutes, when voters see the two men stand on the same stage together and go head-to-head in the first presidential debate of the campaign.

“Debates are an equalizer for challengers because there are no office trappings on stage,” said Darrell M. West, director of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. “It is two people answering questions, and voters can reach their own impressions without outside filtering.”…

“It is the only chance to go toe to toe with the incumbent and look just as presidential as he can,” Mr. Sabato said.

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Romney’s advisers have a simple strategy: They want their candidate to balance his finely tuned arguments with personal warmth. Since Romney is a reserved man, his advisers acknowledge that it will be difficult for him to endear himself to the country, especially under the hot studio lights. But they consider it critical. “This is really about introducing him to the country,” a Romney adviser says. “It’s the largest audience he has ever had. Everybody’s watching.”

During prep sessions in Vermont this past month, Romney has worked tirelessly on the stylistic aspect of his presentation, and Romney’s advisers predict that the former Massachusetts governor will come across as both presidential and empathetic. Rather than fire off brusque retorts, as he often did during primary debates, Romney will take care “to speak in paragraphs about the economy,” a second aide says…

But it won’t all be warm and fuzzy. That’s where the balance comes in, advisers say. When he has the opportunity to give a full response, look for him to speak directly to the camera, making his case. When the president knocks him, however, Romney won’t try to stay above the fray, and he’ll try to make sure that his answers are more than clinical prescriptions. Romney will never be as gregarious as Bill Clinton or a great communicator like Ronald Reagan, but his advisers think he can score if he is comfortable and assertive.

“You’ll see a little combativeness,” says former New Hampshire governor John Sununu, a longtime Romney friend. “Remember, though, that there will be more to this debate than telling the president to stick a bumper sticker on his forehead. This is about getting the people who are watching to look at their televisions and say, ‘My gosh, that’s the guy this country needs to be president.’”

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In the desperate battle to shape public expectations over Wednesday’s presidential debate in Denver, Gov. Mitt Romney appears to be winning-by-losing.

Most prospective voters expect him to lose the face-to-face debate, so he has a greater opportunity to surprise and reassure voters who might switch support from President Barack Obama to the GOP candidate.

“The best news for Romney going into the debates is that voters have very low expectations for him and therefore the bar for him to change some minds is set lower than it is for the president,” said a survey released Oct. 2 by Quinnipiac University.

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There would be two GOP debates in Florida, one in Tampa and one in Jacksonville. Coming off defeat in South Carolina, Romney had to raise his game.

He did. Particularly in the Jacksonville debate, Romney seemed like a new man. He deftly and confidently ripped Gingrich over accusations that Romney had investments in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and then ran circles around Gingrich on immigration. With nearly everything at stake, and big audiences watching in the biggest primary state, Romney shone…

Romney’s biggest challenge, as Gingrich sees it, is to deal with what Gingrich believes will be Obama’s repeated misrepresentations of Romney’s record and position. Back in January, Gingrich believed Romney misrepresented Gingrich’s own record, something he still believes today. “Now, Romney has to figure out with Obama what I failed to figure out with Romney,” Gingrich says. “How do you convince the audience that the plausible thing just said by your opponent is factually false?”…

The most important thing Romney could do for himself is to remember that feeling from the night he lost South Carolina, when he realized that everything was riding on his next performance. This time, it is.

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cane_loader on October 3, 2012 at 1:39 AM

Bravo. G’nite cane.

I’ll cue one up. Loved this as a teen.

RedCrow on October 3, 2012 at 1:42 AM

Loan Me A Dime – Boz Scaggs and Duane Allman

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 1:46 AM

Illegal Smile

novaculus on October 3, 2012 at 1:47 AM

RedCrow on October 3, 2012 at 1:42 AM

lol…..haven’t seen this since MTV was really a music channel.

Tim_CA on October 3, 2012 at 1:47 AM

Jackie, you didn’t comment on my haiku. An’ I worked so hard in buildin’ it an all!

Anticipate debate
Obama stutters constant
What a vapid ass

RedCrow on October 3, 2012 at 1:28 AM

Try this song whilst reading.

RedCrow on October 3, 2012 at 1:49 AM

Hey everyone,
this is cool – I just saw it on my Facebook newsfeed.

Bishop E.W. Jackson message to Black Christians

22044 on October 3, 2012 at 1:50 AM

lol…..haven’t seen this since MTV was really a music channel.

Tim_CA on October 3, 2012 at 1:47 AM

Lol. Then you missed the dozen (+-2 (I’m in polling mode!)) times I’ve posted it in the past.

RedCrow on October 3, 2012 at 1:50 AM

RedCrow on October 3, 2012 at 1:49 AM

I do like your haiku! Of course, I do. :)

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Bishop E.W. Jackson message to Black Christians

22044 on October 3, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Good post 22 (my old baseball number). I love that guy.

RedCrow on October 3, 2012 at 1:51 AM

I do like your haiku! Of course, I do. :)

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Lol. Good.
I’ll start work on the sonnet, now. :)

RedCrow on October 3, 2012 at 1:52 AM

RedCrow on October 3, 2012 at 1:52 AM

By all means. I like sonnets.:)

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Crikey!
It’s 2am. I have to get up at 7.

So, I’ll exit Stage Left.
Nighty, nite–Don’t be afraid of that heavily made-up man…he’s harmless, really…more or less.

RedCrow on October 3, 2012 at 1:57 AM

In Spite Of Ourselves

novaculus on October 3, 2012 at 1:58 AM

dammit….still all jacked up from the “bombshell” friggin’ tape drop….gonna go mix a semi-transparent bloody-mary in order to study the dynamics of a suspension as it rapidly decreases in volume.

Tim_CA on October 3, 2012 at 1:58 AM

RedCrow on October 3, 2012 at 1:57 AM

Goodnight, RedCrow. Sleep well. Dream in sonnets. :)

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 1:58 AM

novaculus on October 3, 2012 at 1:58 AM

Very nice, Nova!:)

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 1:59 AM

For you, Jackie:

Man Of The World

novaculus on October 3, 2012 at 2:01 AM

novaculus on October 3, 2012 at 1:47 AM

Excellent..I tip my Fedora..:)

Dire Straits on October 3, 2012 at 2:02 AM

Low Down Dirty Mean – Allman Brothers

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 2:03 AM

novaculus on October 3, 2012 at 2:01 AM

Thank you, Nova. That’s very beautiful, and one of my favorites! :)

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 2:04 AM

Help Me Baby

Must watch the technique around the 6 minute mark.

novaculus on October 3, 2012 at 2:09 AM

Albatross – Fleetwood Mac

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 2:10 AM

very often i think conservatives, like hannity, fall for the glitz and miss the real story

when barry was ranting about highways to the suburbs and spending money in our neighborhoods (by giving money to ‘small businesses’) that is all about the urban/suburban rationalization that the left/barry plan on.

urban places have bad bad problems, like pension funds, and the suburbs are where the Money is…so combine them into one are to share the wealth….support your regional crook program

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/329174/07-obama-video-stanley-kurtz

just like people focused on the redistribution comment…which is interesting…but the most interesting is the part about making Systemic Changes, Structural Changes to accomplish that

which is to say…the current system (like refundable tax credits) is ad hoc…lefties would prefer structural change…something that is much more difficult to change.

Carbon taxes fit well here….with 20 percent of the money going to mitigation and 80 percent going to support the ‘poor’ ‘middle class’ to offset the huge increase in prices/taxes

r keller on October 3, 2012 at 2:11 AM

Bring Me My Shotgun

and a pocket full of shells….

novaculus on October 3, 2012 at 2:13 AM

novaculus on October 3, 2012 at 2:13 AM

How cool was that Alvin Lee drum stick thing?! Very cool!:)

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 2:19 AM

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Cool, Jackie. New version to me.

novaculus on October 3, 2012 at 2:19 AM

Man, I love Lightnin’ Hopkins! Some serious blues. :)

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 2:22 AM

Mighty Crazy – Lightnin’ Hopkins

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 2:23 AM

test

SparkPlug on October 3, 2012 at 2:27 AM

SparkPlug on October 3, 2012 at 2:27 AM

Read you, Spark. Loud and clear.

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 2:29 AM

Here is my Fedora

SparkPlug on October 3, 2012 at 2:29 AM

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 2:29 AM

AOK, Roger that, Willco 7 niner.

Check out my Fedora, over.

SparkPlug on October 3, 2012 at 2:30 AM

SparkPlug on October 3, 2012 at 2:29 AM

Well now…you’re stylin’, Spark!

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 2:30 AM

I traded in my dunce cap

SparkPlug on October 3, 2012 at 2:31 AM

Monarch butterfly – amazing migration

SparkPlug on October 3, 2012 at 2:32 AM

(¯`v´¯)
.`·.¸.·´ ƸӜƷ
¸.·´¸.·´¨) ¸.·*¨)
(¸.·´ (¸.·´ .·´ ¸¸.·¨¯`·.♥

This is a butterfly

SparkPlug on October 3, 2012 at 2:34 AM

Troublin’ Mind – Lightnin’ Hopkins

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 2:34 AM

SparkPlug on October 3, 2012 at 2:29 AM

Cool chapeau but needs to lose the feathers.

novaculus on October 3, 2012 at 2:34 AM

SparkPlug on October 3, 2012 at 2:34 AM

That’s very cool, Spark. :) Monarch’s are gorgeous, too.

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 2:35 AM

novaculus on October 3, 2012 at 2:34 AM

I had a giant peacock feather in it but people thought I was a pimp. So I downsized to a small feather but now I will drop the feather all together and it will flutter.

(¯`v´¯)
.`·.¸.·´ ???
¸.·´¸.·´¨) ¸.·*¨)
(¸.·´? (¸.·´ .·´ ¸¸.·¨¯`·.?

SparkPlug on October 3, 2012 at 2:36 AM

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 2:34 AM

Great play.

novaculus on October 3, 2012 at 2:38 AM

There you go, that’s a good fedora!

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 2:39 AM

novaculus on October 3, 2012 at 2:38 AM

Thanks. You know, Joplin did a very good cover of that, too.

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 2:40 AM

Come On In My Kitchen

novaculus on October 3, 2012 at 2:42 AM

Troublin’ Mind – Joplin cover

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 2:43 AM

Jackie would look good in this

Content Warning!! Its only a Hat, but its a Stetson

SparkPlug on October 3, 2012 at 2:45 AM

novaculus on October 3, 2012 at 2:42 AM

I thought for sure you were going to go with Allman Brothers cover…. Miller was a surprise… very nice!:)

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 2:47 AM

SparkPlug on October 3, 2012 at 2:45 AM

I like it! Love a good Stetson!

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 2:48 AM

Another thing Romney needs to do is very clearly articulate what is coming in January. This economy is going to hit a brick wall and if it isn’t already in recession by then, I see no way to avoid one by the second quarter of 2013. The way things are configured right now, we are headed for some very hard times and Romney needs to point that out. If folks don’t switch trains, they are headed for a very rough ride.

crosspatch on October 3, 2012 at 2:48 AM

Mississippi Mule

novaculus on October 3, 2012 at 2:49 AM

Backyard Jam – Roy Buchanan

You’ve got to watch the video with this. I think its great.

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 2:50 AM

novaculus on October 3, 2012 at 2:49 AM

You won’t see a combo like that very often. Really good and new to me, too. :)

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 2:52 AM

SparkPlug on October 3, 2012 at 2:45 AM

Reminds me of my Stetson Pony Express hat, but without the rattlesnake hatband I added.

novaculus on October 3, 2012 at 2:53 AM

Fly…Night Bird – Roy Buchanan

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 2:55 AM

Try this one:

Come On In My Kitchen

novaculus on October 3, 2012 at 2:57 AM

novaculus on October 3, 2012 at 2:57 AM

I hadn’t heard them in a long time!

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 2:59 AM

Wayfarin’ Pilgrim

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 3:01 AM

Love the Buchanan. Decided he had to have his own favorites list.

Fading fast here. Might be my last one:

Wayfaring Stranger

novaculus on October 3, 2012 at 3:06 AM

Blue Prelude – Karel Boehlee Trio

I was listening to some jazz the other night, smokey and blue, and I ran across this, what do you think?

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 3:07 AM

novaculus on October 3, 2012 at 3:06 AM

Then I’m glad I cued up ‘Blue Prelude’ for you, Nova. I think you’ll like it. :)

Glad you liked the Buchanan. The Cash tune is one of my favorites, too.

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 3:09 AM

Bridge of Sighs

Tim_CA on October 3, 2012 at 3:10 AM

Tim_CA on October 3, 2012 at 3:10 AM

Excellent choice. :)

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 3:11 AM

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 3:07 AM

That is really good, Jackie. I’m going to have to check them out.

I think I spun this one before, but worth repeating:

Trust In Me

novaculus on October 3, 2012 at 3:20 AM

novaculus on October 3, 2012 at 3:20 AM

That’s excellent.I like that one a lot. That, and Sonny Stitt, is why I thought you might like Blue Prelude.

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 3:23 AM

Tenderly- Chet Baker

And so, I leave you with this. Happy Birthday, Nova! I always have a great time, and time flies, when we spin tunes together.:)

Goodnight and sleep well.

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 3:25 AM

g’nite….haulin’ it up to bed.

I’ll leave ya with a pop lullaby from the ’70′s.

Tim_CA on October 3, 2012 at 3:31 AM

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 3:25 AM

Too sweet, Jackie. Can’t top that and won’t try. Heading off myself. I do love trading tunes with you. G’night.

novaculus on October 3, 2012 at 3:35 AM

tucker carlson on fox at 6:50 am to comment on his nothingburger of a story.
the benghazi lackout continues on moaning joe.

renalin on October 3, 2012 at 6:11 AM

My take.

kingsjester on October 3, 2012 at 6:38 AM

Mitt, we are all behind you!

GO MITT!

bluegill on October 3, 2012 at 6:46 AM

renalin on October 3, 2012 at 6:11 AM

i was going to ask what morning joe bashed first, i noticed halperin or heilman were not on the set….

unstinkingbeleivable what they are not reporting…

cmsinaz on October 3, 2012 at 6:47 AM

Guys, check out the very nice story about Mitt, his dad, Anne and the debates linked over at Drudge.

Love the Romneys.

bluegill on October 3, 2012 at 6:47 AM

kingsjester on October 3, 2012 at 6:38 AM

great take once again KJ

i hope the video gets under mr thin skin and shows itself

cmsinaz on October 3, 2012 at 6:50 AM

November 6 is trash day… time to throw out the incompetent, race-obsessed liberal trash!

bluegill on October 3, 2012 at 6:50 AM

cmsinaz on October 3, 2012 at 6:50 AM

Thank you, ma’am!

kingsjester on October 3, 2012 at 6:53 AM

went over to politico…all obama praise and mitt bashing before the debate….apparenty dear leader is going to push W in tonight’s debates, mitt has a W problem, did you know that?

who’s been president for the last 4 years huh?

cmsinaz on October 3, 2012 at 7:01 AM

let me be clear
i inherited
dont’ blame me
republican congress
i i i i i
me me me me

just getting ready

cmsinaz on October 3, 2012 at 7:04 AM

my worry tonight…there is 11 minutes for each question…jim lehrer will give dear leader 10 minutes to bloviate without saying a bloody thing and 1 minute for mitt to rebutt

cmsinaz on October 3, 2012 at 7:08 AM

cmsinaz on October 3, 2012 at 7:04 AM

As I’ve always said ..
As Iv’e been saying all along …

Just getting ready.

pambi on October 3, 2012 at 7:18 AM

Oddly enough…..we will actually be praying for Governor Romney tonight.

May he defeat the would-be Marxist Muslim sympathizer in the White House and give us more time to get this country turned away from the cliff of financial ruin.

This nation is turning into a collection of Peggy Joseph’s and Julio’s and Obamaphone dependents and it is going to do for THE ENTIRE NATION what it has done for the black community (since welfare)……destroy it.

That obviously is Obamas vision for America…….broken families ruined by dependence on the government.

God save this land.

PappyD61 on October 3, 2012 at 7:19 AM

pambi on October 3, 2012 at 7:18 AM

:)

PappyD61 on October 3, 2012 at 7:19 AM

I’ve already said a few in my morning prayers

only HE knows what will happen

cmsinaz on October 3, 2012 at 7:21 AM

where are the mitt ads, just curious…thought they would be pounding the tv screens….anyone in the swing states seeing mitt ads?

cmsinaz on October 3, 2012 at 7:31 AM

I am in California. I have seen dozens of Obama ads and only one ad, one time, for Romney.

I am also curious about what the swing state voters are seeing.

fadetogray on October 3, 2012 at 7:45 AM

22044 on October 3, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Powerful and inspiring. Thank you so much for linking and sharing.

hawkdriver on October 3, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Can’t wait for the Obozo drinking game tonite.

President cliche and euphuism will cause many a headache , tomorrow AM

FlaMurph on October 3, 2012 at 8:06 AM

I want to know about this crap in the NYT that Obama has, and will continue to have, an advertising advantage throughout the remainder of the campaign.

We’ve been repeatedly told that the RNC-GOP would have at minimum a $50 million advantage in the final month.

So, who is lying to whom?

matthew8787 on October 3, 2012 at 8:30 AM

@BillHemmer

Debate Rules: Coin toss determines first question. Obama won, he opens. Romney closes.

That’s good news.

anyone in the swing states seeing mitt ads?

cmsinaz on October 3, 2012 at 7:31 AM

Yes.

Flora Duh on October 3, 2012 at 8:38 AM

I am in California. I have seen dozens of Obama ads and only one ad, one time, for Romney.

I am also curious about what the swing state voters are seeing.

fadetogray on October 3, 2012 at 7:45 AM

I am in Cali too and haven’t seen a single obama ad, or mitt ads, for that matter…

jimver on October 3, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Local radio is reporting on the Tucker Carlson tape released last night as merely Obama praising Jeremiah Wright. Not a mention of the the “ain’t no waaays tarred” accent or the racialist pandering regarding hurricane Katrina.

Fallon on October 3, 2012 at 9:06 AM

I want to know about this crap in the NYT that Obama has, and will continue to have, an advertising advantage throughout the remainder of the campaign.

We’ve been repeatedly told that the RNC-GOP would have at minimum a $50 million advantage in the final month.

So, who is lying to whom?

matthew8787 on October 3, 2012 at 8:30 AM

I have to laugh at those that compare money spent on ads and leave out the trillion dollar advantage the messiah-media gives in free commentary daily to millions. If it is just ad money that determines our freedom, we’re done for anyway.
They have been stocking the liberal institutions that control the words minds and actions of this nation for decades now(those sixties revolutionaries put on suits) and they are out of the Marxist closet in full scale assault on Freedom. Half the nation is willing to lose for the nanny state if they get to keep their sloth-filled free lunch, hedonistic, or morally corrupt lifestyles. (Not counting the libertarians and “social-liberal” conservatives)

Don L on October 3, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Half the nation is willing to lose for the nanny state if they get to keep their sloth-filled free lunch, hedonistic, or morally corrupt lifestyles. (Not counting the libertarians and “social-liberal” conservatives)

Don L on October 3, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Not for long, not for long…Greece, baby….their moochers were enjoying the same ‘sloth-filled free lunch’ little while ago, and tax evasion was national sport there (pretty much like 47% not paying any fed tax here, only difference being that it is legal for 47% not to pay taxes in the US, it isn’t in Greece) and look now…they are selling/leasing their islands…question is, do we have enough islands to support our moochers and our idiocracy in general…coz if we don’t, the alternative is to send the moochers to guam and wait for it to tip into to the ocean :)…

jimver on October 3, 2012 at 9:38 AM

I am in Ohio, and I am seeing plenty of Romney ads. There has been an obvious increase in them since last weekend.

Obama’s ads all seem to start with the “I’m Barack Obama and I approved this message” tag, whereas Romney’s end with his approval tag. As soon as I hear Barack’s voice, I mute the TV. I’m certain I’m not alone in that.

A couple of nights ago, I did see something that was funny. I can’t remember whose ad it was, but it was a SuperPac, not Romney himself. The ad ended with a line, both spoken and onscreen, about Obama being bad for the future or failing or something like that. It was immediately followed by Obama and his “I approved this message.” The thing is, the anti-Obama ad went directly into “I approved this message” and there was a couple seconds of lag before Obama’s commercial started, so it made it sound like Obama approved the message saying he was a failure. I think I woke the cats from laughing so hard.

JenWestin on October 3, 2012 at 9:48 AM

I am in California. I have seen dozens of Obama ads and only one ad, one time, for Romney.

I am also curious about what the swing state voters are seeing.

fadetogray on October 3, 2012 at 7:45 AM

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In PA, I see more Romney bumper stickers. But after the (EXPLETIVE) decision yesterday by JUDGE ROBERT SIMPSON, I don’t know if that’s going to mean anything.

listens2glenn on October 3, 2012 at 10:23 AM

I am in Cali too and haven’t seen a single obama ad, or mitt ads, for that matter…

jimver on October 3, 2012 at 8:44 AM

me either….don’t know why either would waste the $’s.

Tim_CA on October 3, 2012 at 5:03 PM

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