Boss Emeritus, Carville agree: The empty chair showed up last night

posted at 12:01 pm on October 4, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

As in so many contests, victory usually goes to the side that wants it more.  The consensus across the aisle from last night’s debate was that Mitt Romney came to play, and Barack Obama didn’t.  James Carville told CNN that as much as he wanted to avoid reaching that conclusion, Obama didn’t look like he wanted to be at the debate:

“I had one overwhelming impression,” he said. “I did everything I could not to reach it, but it looked like Romney wanted to be there and President Obama didn’t want to be there.”

He continued: “It seemed like Romney was happy to be there. Obama gave me the impression that the whole thing was kind a lot of trouble.”

The former Bill Clinton strategist then admitted he believes Romney “had a good night.”

“I think he wanted to be there,” concluded Carville. “I think he knew he needed this, and I think Obama gave the sense he wasn’t happy to be at this debate.”

The Boss Emeritus uses two analogies to make her point. On the blog, Michelle refers to the “empty podium,” a spin of the “empty chair” meme popularized by Clint Eastwood’s speech at the Republican convention, while on Fox and Friends this morning, she says that Obama tried to “phone in” the debate:

That speech by Eastwood may get a little more respect after last night’s performance by Obama.  In the clips I’ve watched, Obama offers the same tired arguments from the last three years, offers nothing at all new or any reason to think that his current policies will produce anything better in another four years, and ends up making the same pitch as he did in 2008 — as if he hasn’t been President at all.

On MSNBC this morning, Mike Barnacle chalks that up to a lack of the ubiquitous teleprompter giving Obama his talking points of the day:

It’s interesting to see Obama’s usual defenders belatedly come to the conclusion that there isn’t much there there, to paraphrase Gertrude Stein.  The bubble to which Barnacle refers might be the problem only if Obama thought those defenses would work; judging from his disengaged delivery and cliched responses, I’m not sure that’s the problem.  The reason Obama may not want to be there is because he has nothing new to say, no new defenses to make.

Addendum: I (briefly) considered using a screenshot of Carville for this post. You can thank me now.


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“I killed Bin Laden” … is becoming the political equivalent of … “mine goes to ’11′”

J_Crater on October 4, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Mitt made Baraka look like the 2-foot model of Stonehenge last night.

Right Mover on October 4, 2012 at 1:02 PM

A picture is worth a thousand words.

The hate that woman has on her face is the real face of Queen Mooch.

JPeterman on October 4, 2012 at 12:53 PM

That picture is priceless! Mitt should be at room temperature after the daggers sent his way!!

It’s really worth an extra click, folks!

Sasha List on October 4, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Mitsouko on October 4, 2012 at 1:01 PM

My thought is that Obama is just lazy and narcissistic. He thought preparing was a drag and why would the One have to prepare to debate Mitt Romney.

AcidReflux on October 4, 2012 at 1:04 PM

JPeterman, that picture s/b captioned in a contest. Here’s my take “Ugly and Uglier”, or “Happy Anniversary”.

Here’s one, just for you

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Let’s see Ed – shot of Michelle Malkin smiling or Skeletor (aka Gollum – aka James Carville) hmmm…hard choice – you chose wisely – thanks!

johnnybgood on October 4, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Romney needs to be careful in the next debate.

Whatever glaring deficiencies were exposed and confirmed in the supposedly Smartest President Ever, Barry is not going play prevent defense next time.

Romney will be facing an angry community organizer whose mammoth ego and sense of entitlement got run through the wood-chipper. Expect plenty of thinly veiled race and class-based demagoguery, OWS rhetoric, and clumsily-placed straw men from our post-partisan POTUS with the perfectly creased trousers.

There is an opportunity in facing a cornered 0bama, of course. If Romney can provoke Soetoro in the right way it could give Romney the knockout opportunity that was the one thing missing in last night’s victory.

MidniteRambler on October 4, 2012 at 1:05 PM

A picture is worth a thousand words.

The hate that woman has on her face is the real face of Queen Mooch.

JPeterman on October 4, 2012 at 12:53 PM

That picture. … and a handsome woman she is, eh? Look at how she carries herself, how she struggles with those heeled shoes.

That look on her face, I can hear that woman on Sanford & Son, “Don’t you even look at me fool! I don’t know what you were doing up there, but it sure wasn’t debatin’! Come on, let’s get going, there’s an all you can eat buffet down at the Red Lobster. … and you just shut up! I ain’t talkin’ to you tonight even if it is our anniversary! What were you thinkin’?!”

AZfederalist on October 4, 2012 at 1:07 PM

A picture is worth a thousand words.

The hate that woman has on her face is the real face of Queen Mooch.

JPeterman on October 4, 2012 at 12:53 PM

JPeterman:Reminds me of this image:)
=====================================

********* If Looks Could Kill *****************!!!!

http://s3.amazonaws.com/sites.wpengine/scelebs/wp-content/old_pictures/michelle5-300×196.jpg

canopfor on October 4, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Obama gave me the impression that the whole thing was kind a lot of trouble.

Sort of like actually governing. As opposed to playing golf, taking AF1 vacations, …

IrishEyes on October 4, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Ignore the money peddling at the end. I kept it in the quote to expose the media

The debate was so bad for Barack Obama I expect Eric Holder to send Jim Lehrer to GTMO. Barack Obama suddenly agrees with Republicans on defunding PBS. Without his precious TelePrompTer to feed his Gollumesque addiction to its illuminated, precious words, the President fell flat. Instead of John Kerry for a debate partner, the President should have just gone through airport security a few times or embraced BOHICA as a debate preparation strategy.

Put it to you this way, within ten minutes of the debate ending, Jessica Yellin of CNN spoke with Stephanie Cutter of the Obama campaign. Ms. Cutter conceded up front that Mitt Romney won on both debate preparation and debate style. It went downhill from there. She began parroting talking points about the debate she herself released to Obama surrogate at sun up yesterday morning. She had nothing new to add.

Mitt Romney had substance, counterarguments for Barack Obama’s points, rebuttals, and a friendly manner. Barack Obama kept his head down at the podium and refused to make eye contact with Mitt Romney. This too is what Barack Obama did with the economy and Libya.

Barack Obama, at one point, interrupted Jim Lehrer and asked Lehrer to move on to a new topic. It was a brilliant metaphor for what Barack Obama did coming into office. He looked at the economy and decided to move on to Obamacare. His whole career has been one of passing the buck, shifting blame, and failing to take responsibility for tough challenges. He did the same last night.

For four years, Barack Obama has rarely been challenged and he handled it poorly last night. He was ill prepared, flustered easily, and came off as petulant. At some point we should expect the empty chair to ask Barack Obama to take a vacation day and let it debate instead.

I think the explanation for Obama’s performance is pretty simple. Gods in the cult of personality do not like to come off Olympus to be challenged by mere mortals.

There is an important point, however, for Republicans. This was one debate. This was not the election. Mitt Romney showed he can do it. But the campaign needs your help now more than ever. Every penny helps. I guarantee you we are about to see the media resurrect the “Obama is the underdog” theme and, in the meantime, look for most media polls to suddenly have a D+20 sample.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I’m still grinning.

kingsjester on October 4, 2012 at 1:12 PM

JPeterman, that picture s/b captioned in a contest. Here’s my take “Ugly and Uglier”, or “Happy Anniversary”.

Here’s one, just for you

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2012 at 1:04 PM

I’m so glad I don’t have a hangover this morning LOL!

JPeterman on October 4, 2012 at 1:13 PM

The hate that woman has on her face is the real face of Queen Mooch.

JPeterman on October 4, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Boy howdy…

Grifters always get angry when denied their grifting, and Mooch just realized the never-ending, taypayer funded party is coming to an end.

Bishop on October 4, 2012 at 1:14 PM

The lady parts on The View looked like they were attending a wake today.

HellCat on October 4, 2012 at 1:15 PM

I’m still grinning.

kingsjester on October 4, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Racist.

Bishop on October 4, 2012 at 1:15 PM

The hate that woman has on her face is the real face of Queen Mooch.

JPeterman on October 4, 2012 at 12:53 PM

“You fool…I’m forbidding Reggie Love to visit the WH for the next 3 1/2 months” — Michelle in that pic

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2012 at 1:16 PM

LOLOLOL

chuck todd: dear leader giving zingers about last night’s debates…what he should have said last night instead of today….

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

cmsinaz on October 4, 2012 at 1:16 PM

The lady parts on The View looked like they were attending a wake today.

HellCat on October 4, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Brutal, but so true. Watch your eyes.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2012 at 1:17 PM

The debate was reminiscent of the time Mike Tyson knocked out Michael Spinks in 91 seconds.

LMFAO!

Resist We Much on October 4, 2012 at 1:18 PM

The hate that woman has on her face is the real face of Queen Mooch.

Reminds me of Aunt Esther on Sanford and Son.
Yeesh!

Dexter_Alarius on October 4, 2012 at 1:20 PM

The lady parts on The View looked like they were attending a wake today.

HellCat on October 4, 2012 at 1:15 PM

To be fair though, Behar’s classification is still in doubt.

Bishop on October 4, 2012 at 1:20 PM

LOLOL
sununu called dear laeder lazy…andrea mitchell—truly upset…

LOLOLOLOL

whatever andrea…

cmsinaz on October 4, 2012 at 1:21 PM

msdnc is fun to watch today i tell ya…

cmsinaz on October 4, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Angrea Mitchell is getting angrea and angrea

faraway on October 4, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Bishop on October 4, 2012 at 1:15 PM

As Scooter proved again last night: Bein’ Preezy is easy. Math is hard.

kingsjester on October 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Angrea Mitchell is getting angrea and angrea

faraway on October 4, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Can she get any uglier?

It’s so schadenfreudig to watch them, in this case just reading your note.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM

**** ALERT ******,……Denial Sumpin………….

Obama adviser David Axelrod accuses Romney of ‘serial evasions and deceptions’ in presidential debate – @BuzzFeedPol

2 mins ago from http://www.buzzfeed.com by editor

http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/obama-campaign-shifts-attack-strategy-after-debate

canopfor on October 4, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Angrea Mitchell is getting angrea and angrea

faraway on October 4, 2012 at 1:24 PM

LOLz.

SparkPlug on October 4, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Carville is a Clinton man. He might be throwing Barry under the Bus cause he got the marching Order from Slick Willie.

That’s my theory and its a good one.

SparkPlug on October 4, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Mitt wasn’t lucky last night, he was prepared. Obama came to the meeting believing his own propaganda. Why prepare for a debate when you are the smartest man on the planet? Why practice when you’ll get by with a combination of MSM spin and cut-and-paste sentences from your last 82 campaign speeches?

As John Milton said “Luck is the residue of design.” (Yes, it was John Milton, Branch Rickey was quoting him).

I fully expect Obama to swing too far in the other direction during the next debate. That’s what happens when you are dealing with a mediocre amateur.

Fred 2 on October 4, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Obama adviser David Axelrod accuses Romney of ‘serial evasions and deceptions’ in presidential debate – @BuzzFeedPol
2 mins ago from http://www.buzzfeed.com by editor
http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/obama-campaign-shifts-attack-strategy-after-debate
canopfor on October 4, 2012 at 1:26 PM


And the SMARTEST MAN ON EARTH didn’t call him on those? What does that say about the SMARTEST MAN ON EARTH?

Marcola on October 4, 2012 at 1:35 PM

The debate was reminiscent of the time Mike Tyson knocked out Michael Spinks in 91 seconds.

LMFAO!

Resist We Much on October 4, 2012 at 1:18 PM

The Biden-Ryan debate could be the Mike Tyson – Lou Savarese rematch. The first one was over 8 seconds after the opening bell.

Hopefully, Biden won’t become confused and think that he is the Old Iron Mike and take a bite out of “The Real Deal’s” ear.

lol

Resist We Much on October 4, 2012 at 1:35 PM

The little arrogant upstart got exactly what he deserved…a Mitt Romney smack down. He kept looking at Lehrer to save him and make Romney shut up and when a save wasn’t forthcoming, Obama was lost and befuddled. You can tell all the lefties (including Obama) expected Jim Lehrer to side with Obama and give him an assist and because he didn’t they are blaming Lehrer for Obama’s epic failure.

Oh well, I guess little Bammie is going to have to punch above his weight next time…

FirstBoot on October 4, 2012 at 1:35 PM

***************** ALERT ***********************

Obama accuses Romney of remaking himself on debate stage, saying ‘you owe the American people the truth’ – @AP

6 mins ago from hosted.ap.org by editor

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_PRESIDENTIAL_CAMPAIGN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

canopfor on October 4, 2012 at 1:36 PM

chuck todd: dear leader giving zingers about last night’s debates…what he should have said last night instead of today….

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

cmsinaz on October 4, 2012 at 1:16 PM

He’s referring to Obama on the stump minutes ago in Denver? The man’s absolutely smoldering today. Anger clouds judgement.

You do NOT hit the campaign trail with your teleprompter and trusty cheering crowds (his element) with such indignation following getting your ass kicked on national TV.

It makes you appear even more pathetic that you had every opportunity to say to Romney’s face what you now comfortably read from a prepared script less than 24 hours later. Bad call.

Choke artist.

RepubChica on October 4, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Carville is a Clinton man. He might be throwing Barry under the Bus cause he got the marching Order from Slick Willie.

That’s my theory and its a good one.

SparkPlug on October 4, 2012 at 1:31 PM

You know, I had that same thought. We’ve all believed that Clinton would ultimately poke Obama in the eye. This may be the means of accomplishing it without being too obvious.

Bitter Clinger on October 4, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Chuck todd thought so repubchica

Lol

cmsinaz on October 4, 2012 at 1:46 PM

I honestly don’t know (and none of you either) whether Obama’s overall actions are what prevented the economy from rebounding, or saved it from a collapse.

AlexB on October 4, 2012 at 12:33 PM

I’m quite sure that Obama’s overall actions didn’t save the economy from a collapse, and even more sure that his actions did prevent the economy from rebounding.

It’s instructive to compare this to the Great Depression. In both cases, the government took exactly the wrong actions which depressed the economy.

Recessions happen from time to time. When the economy can’t recover, it’s almost always because the government is over involved.

The Forgotten Man by Amity Shlaes draws the picture very well. The biggest problem in the Depression was not the slow economy, but the unpredictable nature of actions taken by FDR. Businesses were afraid to move, because they never knew how their environments would change.

The very reason the economy has slowly started to pick up is gridlock in Washington makes for a more predictable environment. If not for the looming fiscal cliff, we would already be seeing a rebounding economy. But businesses don’t know how their taxes will change yet, so we’re back to an unpredictable environment.

tom on October 4, 2012 at 1:47 PM

A picture is worth a thousand words.

The hate that woman has on her face is the real face of Queen Mooch.

JPeterman on October 4, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Date for the debate was carefully picked by the liberals, I told that to my wife a couple of days prior. And sure enough, Hussein starts off with the “sweetie” sh#t, I almost threw up at that. Liberal hope was that audience will be on Hussein’s side on his “special day”.

I am sure their “special day” did not end up in a “special way” after the debate. And it was too late for a visit to Chicago gay bath houses to boot… Special day, indeed…

riddick on October 4, 2012 at 1:50 PM

So who starts the over under on how many times Obama mentions Bin Laden in the next debate?

I say 10.

Spike, spike, spike, spike…

sdbatboy on October 4, 2012 at 1:50 PM

The Biden-Ryan debate could be the Mike Tyson – Lou Savarese rematch. The first one was over 8 seconds after the opening bell.

Hopefully, Biden won’t become confused and think that he is the Old Iron Mike and take a bite out of “The Real Deal’s” ear.

lol

Resist We Much on October 4, 2012 at 1:35 PM

What I would really like to see and actually contribute to financially to make it happen is for Ryan to track down those 2 bikers in Biden’s photo op and prominently seat them in the front row.

riddick on October 4, 2012 at 1:54 PM

So who starts the over under on how many times Obama mentions Bin Laden in the next debate?

I say 10.

Spike, spike, spike, spike…

sdbatboy on October 4, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Not so sure. Hussein also proclaimed Al Qaida done and finished and if he mentions Bin Laden in any way Romney should take it up and point out that a) Benghazi attacks that resulted in the murder of USA Ambassador and 3 others were organized and enacted by an Al Qaeda higher up released by Hussein from Guantanamo and B) the entire operation was done by Al Qaeda, Bin Laden’s group. So, a great way to tie in Hussein and WH to murder of our ambassador and engage even those out there stupid and ignorant enough who still have no idea that Benghazi even happened.

“Under my foreign policy radicals out there will not get a chance to carry out such blatant attacks against our embassies/consulates and, moreover, won’t be able to murder our ambassadors with impunity. I will make sure to provide adequate protection to our interests throughout the world and not refuse protection to ambassadors when asked for, repeatedly.”

To be honest, I have no idea how even liberal moderators will navigate foreign policy debate questions as anywhere one can point only leads to utter failures by Hussein. Each and every one.

riddick on October 4, 2012 at 2:06 PM

But when the topics change from economics to foreign policy or some other issue where Obama is much stronger, it won’t be so easy.

AlexB on October 4, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Obama is much stronger at foreign policy? This must be another of those “Obama is a great orator” lies. Name an issue where Obama is stronger than anybody.

My initial thoughts after the debate were:

1. Ryan vs Biden is going to make this debate look like a playground slap-fight.

2. I can’t wait for the foreign policy debates when President ‘I killed Bin Laden’ gets to talk about dead ambassadors, You Tube, and trips to Vegas. And probably about 100′s of dead Mexicans as well if Romney is willing to go there and based on last night he’ll be all over Fast and Furious.

Which great foreign policy victories has he achieved?

Ignoring the one fight we should have been involved in during the Arab Recovery Summer (the Green Revolution in Iran).

Handing Libya to Queda? Handing Egypt to the Muslim Brotherhood? Hey at least they aren’t enemies even though they aren’t one of our most strategic allies in the region anymore!

Treating most of our actual allies like crap?

Giving the same canned speech to every visiting world leader?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erYpXzE9Pxs

Yep, loving that smart power. Too bad he won’t be able to run to Vegas during this upcoming slaughter.

SittingDeadRed on October 4, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Addendum: I (briefly) considered using a screenshot of Carville for this post. You can thank me now.

Thank you, Ed. Sincerely, thank you. My eyes are very grateful, my optic nerves are grateful, and the TV screen in my head is grateful.

novaculus on October 4, 2012 at 2:12 PM

So, what is over/under on Biden/Ryan debate that Biden is asleep by the XX minute mark?

Foreign policy wise, next Residential debate, can’t figure out just what can even liberal “moderators” ask not to make Hussein look like the idiot he is. Anything points to the rise of (even more) radical islam in ME, Iran getting pretty close to nuclear arms with so called sanctions not working after 4 years, Fast and Furious causing hundreds of deaths in South America, Egypt and Benghazi exploding and our interested attacked and DESTROYED with US Ambassador murdered, Russia openly mocking us and treating Hussein like their lackey (which is actually is), dollar more or less destroyed.

Anything I missed?

riddick on October 4, 2012 at 2:23 PM

AZfederalist on October 4, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Heh, heh — you said “taint”.

DOOF on October 4, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Barnicle just may be a barnacle.

digitalintrigue on October 4, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Just think and savor, John ‘Effin’ Kerry, Obozo’s debate coach, can’t get fired and replaced by Van Jones because John is the head mofo for the Dems in foreign policy. heh

I am beside myself for the next debates because the angry Black man demeanor will be such a winner.

Please donate NOW to Mitt, Ryan and even the GOP…and Todd Akin, we need the Senate.

Even $10 will give you a little ‘skin in the game’.

Typicalwhitewoman on October 4, 2012 at 3:14 PM

SWalker on October 4, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Carville may, indeed, be honest; and there’s no doubt that he’s an intelligent, astute political operative…but the fact that he has “chosen his side“, and his side is the people who would destroy America, makes him as evil – if not more than – the rest of the democrats.

Solaratov on October 4, 2012 at 3:32 PM

But when the topics change from economics to foreign policy or some other issue where Obama is much stronger, it won’t be so easy.

AlexB on October 4, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Someone please explain to us how, after the last 3 1/2 years, that this is anywhere even remotely true on this plane of reality.
I’ll hang up and listen…

Crutch on October 4, 2012 at 3:32 PM

I suspect that it is difficult for some folks to fathom differences in words, but words make a difference.

Take “aggressive” and “assertive” for example. I thought we all learned this when the women’s movement came on the scene and some women were called aggressive. Maybe not.

Last night, Romney was assertive, not aggressive, to me.

Even if he were aggressive, then Obama appeared to be tired and distracted. It appeared that not only did he not have fire in the belly, but that his pilot light had gone out.

Of the two approaches, I want an assertive, even aggressive president, not an empty chair thinking that if we are just nice that people who despise us will change. I think fairy tales have a place, but not in a president’s world view.

billrowe on October 4, 2012 at 3:39 PM

On the “oil profiteering” point that Exxon makes money on every gallon of gas, I like what Romney said that put the $4B in oil subsidies versus Obama’s 90B in green energy black holes in perspective.

However, what strikes me is that oil companies make a gross profit of about $.08 a gallon, and a net profit of about $.04 a gallon, while the taxes on a gallon of gas is about $.59 a gallon!

Who’s the profiteer? The company who risks enormous amounts of money and the workers who work at a hard and dirty job, or government who has done nothing except show up at the pump with its hand out for seven and a half to fifteen times what the oil companies make?

billrowe on October 4, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Last night Obama did not show as much the empty chair as he did the empty suit. Without his teleprompter he is nothing. As a community organizer all he can do is fire up the minorities with racist speeches, not the majority of people of this country.

savage24 on October 4, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Grifters always get angry when denied their grifting, and Mooch just realized the never-ending, taypayer funded party is coming to an end.

Bishop on October 4, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Unfortunately, not completely true. Hussein gets to retire with us paying for the retirement, for a long time to come.

I am sure he’ll join the Farrakhan Circus soon enough…

riddick on October 4, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Unfortunately, not completely true. Hussein gets to retire with us paying for the retirement, for a long time to come.

I am sure he’ll join the Farrakhan Circus soon enough…

riddick on October 4, 2012 at 4:01 PM

He won’t make enough in retirement to support Moochie in the style to which she has become accustomed. No more free dresses from designers looking for pub. No more mountains of Atlantic Lobster and Wagyu beef. No more lavish twice-weekly parties. No more fifty+ staffs.

What will he do for money? Write another dreary book? Go on the speech circuit a la Billy Clinton? He can’t do anything that would be a real job. He’ll get dozens of invites to sit on Boards, but those don’t pay all that much.

slickwillie2001 on October 4, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Obysmal tried to get by with his hackneyed talking points. He had neither a teleprompter nor an audience filled with low-information voters giving him feedback. Obysmal thrives on adulation and the sound of his own voice. He didn’t have the former, and the latter was nothing but empty air.

onlineanalyst on October 4, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Ya’ll can say what ever you want about James Carville, he is after all a Democrat through and through. He can be mean and nasty has all hell, but… James Carville may also be one of the very last of the honest Democrats. I do not like him, but I have learned to listen to what he says and have a begrudging respect for him. the man is very intelligent and has chosen his side, but he is still damned honest for a Democrat.

SWalker on October 4, 2012 at 12:18 PM

I have to wonder, though…If the RNC would pay him enough, would he come over to our side? Just imagine the conniptions on the Left of Carville did the job no other Republican is willing to do.

Liam on October 4, 2012 at 12:43 PM

You do know, don’t you, that Carville is on record as saying that Republicans are smarter? That was a big admission for him to make those many years ago.

onlineanalyst on October 4, 2012 at 4:57 PM

A picture is worth a thousand words.

The hate that woman has on her face is the real face of Queen Mooch.

JPeterman on October 4, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Besides her lack of graciousness, Queen Mooch the Clotheshorse (with generally bad taste) has a bad case of bowed legs.

onlineanalyst on October 4, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Besides her lack of graciousness, Queen Mooch the Clotheshorse (with generally bad taste) has a bad case of bowed legs.

onlineanalyst on October 4, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Don’t even go THERE. :)

Solaratov on October 4, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Besides her lack of graciousness, Queen Mooch the Clotheshorse (with generally bad taste) has a bad case of bowed legs.

onlineanalyst on October 4, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Don’t even go THERE. :)

Solaratov on October 4, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Aye, she walks like a duck.

slickwillie2001 on October 4, 2012 at 6:16 PM

On the “oil profiteering” point that Exxon makes money on every gallon of gas, I like what Romney said that put the $4B in oil subsidies versus Obama’s 90B in green energy black holes in perspective.

Former Democratic Congressman 1979-2005, Martin Frost:

“I’m a supporter of the President’s. I’m concerned that he’s going to lose credibility on this oil and gas issue because HE’S NOT TELLING THE TRUTH entirely. What he is saying is that you need to eliminate four billion dollars worth of tax breaks for major oil companies because major oil companies have obscene profits.

THE PROBLEM WITH THIS IS THAT ONE OF THE BIG TAX BREAKS HE’S CITING – INTANGIBLE DRILLING COSTS – EXCUSE ME – PERCENTAGE DEPLETION – WAS REPEALED BY CONGRESS, EXCUSE ME, IN 1975, 36 YEARS AGO, AS IT AFFECTS MAJOR OIL COMPANIES.”

http://www.examiner.com/political-transcripts-in-national/dallas-rep-frost-s-truth-to-obama-big-oil-subsidies-were-repealed-36-yrs-ago

The only ones that get percentage depletion anymore are domestic independents who drill most of the wells in the United States and employ four million people.”

Democrat Congressman Dan Boren explained and agreed with Frost that Mr. Obama needs to get his facts straight while pointing out that the Obama energy solution would hike the cost of oil production, hike foreign oil dependency, hike the burden on smaller, independent energy producers, and leave Big Oil – among them Exxon, Shell, BP, Phillips and Conoco untouched:

“Specifically, the Administration is seeking to repeal the “percentage depletion” and “intangible drilling costs (IDCs)” tax incentives.

The removal of these provisions would negatively affect domestic independents who utilize them to attract the capital necessary to drill new oil and gas wells inside the United States.

It is estimated that eliminating percentage depletion and IDCs for domestic independents would reduce U.S. drilling by 30-40 percent, thereby increasing the nation’s dependence energy from foreign sources.

[About Mr. Obama's "percentage depletion" solution:] Furthermore, the major oil companies are barred by law from receiving percentage depletion altogether, as it only is given to domestic independent producers.

[About Mr. Obama's “intangible drilling costs" solution] The IDC preference is only available for domestic drilling activity, and as the major oil companies drill primarily outside the U.S., the domestic independent sector of the industry will yet again bear the brunt of losing this critical provision.”

http://www.examiner.com/political-transcripts-in-national/dallas-rep-frost-s-truth-to-obama-big-oil-subsidies-were-repealed-36-yrs-ago

Resist We Much on October 4, 2012 at 6:16 PM

My observation from Wednesday; I was waiting for Clinton to appear from behind the curtain to save Obama. Jealously, I wish my father was present on my first job interview.

jjnco73 on October 5, 2012 at 7:37 AM

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