Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on October 4, 2012 by Allahpundit

Buoyed by a powerful debate showing, Mitt Romney said Thursday he offers “prosperity that comes through freedom” to a country struggling to shed a weak economy. President Barack Obama accused the former Massachusetts governor of running from his own record in pursuit of political power…

Not even Democrats disputed that Romney was likely to benefit politically from the debate Wednesday night in which he aggressively challenged Obama’s stewardship of the economy and said his own plans would help pull the country out of a slow-growth rut…

“Victory is in sight,” Romney exulted in an emailed request for donations to supporters. It was a show of confidence by a man hoping for a quick reversal in pre-debate public opinion polls that showed him trailing in battleground states as well as nationally.

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During the opening prep sessions, the group quickly came to a consensus: At the podium, Romney would be forceful, nearly as assertive as he was in Healey’s living room. His advisers have always admired Romney’s ability to peel apart arguments in private, and they encouraged him to do the same at the debate, with a little polish. The goal was to overwhelm the president with liveliness and information, to force him to confront the messy details of his economic and fiscal record. The strategy, sources say, clicked with Romney for two reasons: He did not want to spend hours tinkering with his mannerisms, and he wanted to focus on internalizing data. He’d take advice on his voice, his posture, and the rest, but he wanted his prep time to be a policy workshop…

The practice made a difference. One longtime Romney friend tells me that Romney markedly improved throughout September as he devoted himself to his briefing books and the mock debates. The friend says Romney didn’t think of the debate as a political dialogue but as a grueling, 90-minute competition that demanded discipline. He prepared in the same way he used to review pending business deals at Bain Capital: He challenged his closest advisers about the most minor points, he spent a lot of time reading, and he constantly bantered with his aides about the other side’s weaknesses and strengths.

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“This is a campaign that believes he can win,” said Republican strategist Ron Bonjean. “Once Romney was on stage with the president, and he was able to score points against him, there was a Wizard of Oz effect that pulled back the curtain. There’s a renewed effort and spirit that wasn’t there a couple days ago.”…

“Romney really breathed new life into his campaign, that’s for sure — it’s too bad we didn’t see this Romney sooner because he could have been leading in the polls,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell. “This was the Massachusetts moderate that Democrats feared, and he showed that he was a principled but practical conservative willing to reach across party lines.”

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Romney didn’t just demonstrate authoritative command of a myriad of domestic issues. He was nervy about it, taking the president on frontally, not just relentlessly attacking, but answering every charge leveled against him — with a three-point rebuttal.

And he pulled off a tactical coup by coming right out of the box to undo millions of dollars’ worth of negative ads that painted him, personally, as Gordon Gekko — rapacious vulture capitalist who doesn’t just lay off steelworkers but kills their wives — and, politically, as intent on raising taxes on the middle class while lowering them for the rich.

The Romney campaign had let these ads go largely unanswered. But a “kill Romney” strategy can only work until people get to see Romney themselves. On Wednesday night, they did.

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The problem for Mr. Obama isn’t that he seemed indifferent or peevish on stage, though he did. The problem is that it underscored what has too often been his countenance in office.

He came to Denver with no larger theme he wanted urgently to get across, no story to tell, no apparent passion for the chance to make himself understood and make his opponent look silly. He was there to defend his policies, but he wasn’t going to get all needy about it, and no one was going to make him have an ounce of fun.

In contrast, Mitt Romney seemed eager to make his case, exhibiting some amount of apparent desperation, like the teenage suitor who has 10 minutes to convince his girlfriend’s father to bless the marriage. That desire to be understood counts for something.

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America got its first, sustained look at the good and competent Mr. Romney. And it really was a first. He wasted his convention but showed up for his debate, and an estimated 58 million people were watching. Many of them were taking his measure for the first time. What did they see? He was confident, gracious, in command of the facts. He looked like a president, acted like one. He was easily the incumbent’s equal and maybe more than that, so he became for the first time a real alternative to the incumbent, a living one, not just a name on a ballot.

He has been painted as Richie Rich, a too-tightly-wound reject from the Republican Animatronic Presidential Candidate Factory. But again, that’s not who he was. He was a normal, smart adult, and he knew things both about America and about public policy. He’s supposed to be extreme, but he was not in the least extreme. He spent his time talking not just to Republicans or conservatives but to the American people, a huge and varied lot. He reminded many of them of something they’d perhaps forgotten along the way: We don’t like the Obama economy! We don’t like ObamaCare! We don’t like not having jobs! Nothing personal, but this didn’t work!

Forced by time constraints to be clear and concise in his statements, he was both. Here we must stop and note: The way Mr. Romney spoke in the debate was the real Romney. The faux-flowery “prairie fire of debt” one we hear on the stump is the not-real Romney. He flowers himself up on the stump because he thinks it makes him sound better. It doesn’t. The real Romney is the one who can communicate. He’s straight and direct and not fancy, forgivably jargony, but worried about America and sincere. That’s the Romney who showed up for the debate. Stay that guy!

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Via Mediaite.

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Anybody know who won the debate last night?

KCB on October 4, 2012 at 11:08 PM

America won.

cozmo on October 4, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Indeed, and the world, even though the eurodolts don’t know it.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2012 at 11:22 PM

davidk on October 4, 2012 at 11:16 PM

AARP wants to stay on the down low, for now.

22044 on October 4, 2012 at 11:22 PM

davidk on October 4, 2012 at 11:21 PM

That’s downright mean. I love it.

cozmo on October 4, 2012 at 11:22 PM

KCB on October 4, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Good evening, Ken! Nice to see you!:)

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Good evening, Scrumpy!:)

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Indeed, and the world, even though the eurodolts don’t know it.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2012 at 11:22 PM

All the more reason…

KCB on October 4, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Hi KCB cozmo 22044 Schade Jackie…!

Scrumpy on October 4, 2012 at 11:24 PM

AARP wants to stay on the down low, for now.

22044 on October 4, 2012 at 11:22 PM

I wonder how many of their cards have been sent back cut up?

cozmo on October 4, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Good evening, Schadenfreude! :)

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Considering the Lib meltdown over this debate, I wonder what Nov. 7th is gonna look like….

KCB on October 4, 2012 at 11:16 PM

…was thinking that as I watched clips of MSLSD…people joke about liberal heads exploding here all the time…we, may actually see that!

KOOLAID2 on October 4, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Scrumpy on October 4, 2012 at 11:24 PM

That cold front hit you yet?

cozmo on October 4, 2012 at 11:25 PM

New 007 theme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7QAckoGaWk&feature=youtu.be

davidk on October 4, 2012 at 11:25 PM

AlGore blames the altitude.

More likely Barack “Toots” Hussein was a mile “high” in Denver.

viking01 on October 4, 2012 at 11:25 PM

All of this hand wringing by the left, and just think about it. Ryan hasn’t even faced off with Sloe Joe yet. I need more popcorn!

KCB on October 4, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Considering the Lib meltdown over this debate, I wonder what Nov. 7th is gonna look like….

KCB on October 4, 2012 at 11:16 PM

I dunno’, but I’m shopping for a new pocket pistol.

cozmo on October 4, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Good evening Scrumpy and Hot Air Nation!

22044 on October 4, 2012 at 11:26 PM

we, may actually see that!

KOOLAID2 on October 4, 2012 at 11:24 PM

From your keyboard to God’s ears… say’s I…

SWalker on October 4, 2012 at 11:26 PM

cozmo on October 4, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Oh yes, will 60′s tomorrow and 40′s the weekend

Time to bundle up!

Scrumpy on October 4, 2012 at 11:26 PM

╔═══╗ ♪
║███║ ♫
║ (●) ♫
╚═══╝♪♪

Lynrd Skynrd – Simple Man

SparkPlug on October 4, 2012 at 11:26 PM

I want to see the commentators for the MSM have to sit there during the election, reading off the results… and see there faces when they have to call it for ROMNEY/RYAN!

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2012 at 11:26 PM

New 007 theme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7QAckoGaWk&feature=youtu.be

davidk on October 4, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Her voice is just amazing

gophergirl on October 4, 2012 at 11:27 PM

22044 on October 4, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Good evening, ’44! Nice to see you!:)

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Hot Air Nation! I likes that!

Good evening to everyone that I missed… :-)

Scrumpy on October 4, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Popstand – blown.

Lanceman on October 4, 2012 at 11:28 PM

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2012 at 11:19 PM

The trip was lovely. Many miles traveled, many observations, most bode well for us. I am planning a post on the events for the little place in the forest. Soon. I must confess I am a bit tired from it all. ; )

Bmore on October 4, 2012 at 11:28 PM

I wonder how many of their cards have been sent back cut up?

cozmo on October 4, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Ha! Hopefully billyuns & billyuns (trying to imagine Carl Sagan’s voice).

22044 on October 4, 2012 at 11:28 PM

cozmo on October 4, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Oh yes, will 60′s tomorrow and 40′s the weekend

Time to bundle up!

Scrumpy on October 4, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Was 80 here (St Louis metro) today; 50 tomorrow.

davidk on October 4, 2012 at 11:28 PM

We have a chance of snow on Saturday – too early!

gophergirl on October 4, 2012 at 11:29 PM

The debate is already yesterday’s news; Mitt kicked butt, took names, made Michell so grumpy :( The next stories on HA end everywhere better be all about Stafford Act voting records, Benghazi cover-up, whatever this “National Magazine looming scandal is, and recent memory marxism. Keep the ball moving…don’t spike it. I don’t want to win by a few points…I want to ruck ‘em up so badly a la 1984

Jackalope on October 4, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Bmore on October 4, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Take your time…mustn’t go nuts your first days back! There’s plenty of time! :)

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2012 at 11:29 PM

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Hi Jackie! good to see you again too :)

22044 on October 4, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Sure am glad Mitt had the pebble last night.

Barky got schooled like a rented mule.

SparkPlug on October 4, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Hi Jackie, good day…but caution…danger ahead. The snakes are cornered and Michelle is mad.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2012 at 11:30 PM

spark; that’s friggin awesome……

ted c on October 4, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Don’t let these jokers get you down, Ritalin. I will still call him Mittens and Rmoney.

Lanceman on October 4, 2012 at 11:19 PM

its not only romney sadly. it was also bush. who i voted for two times. mute. sheep-like. i’m on board getting rid of obama now. but i don’t lose focus that romney wants his hand in my wallet also. he’;; just couch it in ” severely conservative” terminology. i ain’t biting twice.

renalin on October 4, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Jackalope on October 4, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Absolutely!

KCB on October 4, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Cross-posted from today’s Obamateurism of the Day:

Heh, bookmark this one, too. The GOP ad comes out ablazing with “Smirk.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKMUHcgsbag&feature=player_embedded

Get ‘er done, Mitt. The facts are on your side.

onlineanalyst on October 4, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Ugh. Anyone else seen the new 2 minute Obama commercials? Terrible.

22044 on October 4, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Considering the Lib meltdown over this debate, I wonder what Nov. 7th is gonna look like….

KCB on October 4, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Gone’ be ugly. Be prepared.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Simple man I like it…

Saw LS a few years back… loved every minute of it… Haven’t seen too many bands boy they were good!

Scrumpy on October 4, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2012 at 11:30 PM

We’ve weathered four years of Medusa and her minions… I think we can withstand the next few months until we walk them to the door!

I’m aware that it won’t be over until he boards that chopper out of D.C. on Inauguration Day… but I think we can take whatever they might dish out now, and repair the damage once they’re gone.

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2012 at 11:32 PM

KCB on October 4, 2012 at 11:21 PM

How we doing KCB? Why is it when I click on your moniker like its says;

This content is currently unavailable

Is there something you don’t want us to see? ; )

Bmore on October 4, 2012 at 11:32 PM

October Surprise

davidk on October 4, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Sure am glad Mitt had the pebble last night.

Barky got schooled like a rented mule.

SparkPlug on October 4, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Rented mules are capable to learn and are useful.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2012 at 11:33 PM

like=link, ruh roh, fading fast. ; )

Bmore on October 4, 2012 at 11:33 PM

October Surprise

davidk on October 4, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Sarah already predicted it. we are ready freddy.

renalin on October 4, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Ted C,

you can draw by pressing and holding the ALT while typing some numbers; for example

alt 013 = ♪
alt 016 = ►
alt 004 = ♦
alt 005 = ♣

SparkPlug on October 4, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Bmore on October 4, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Hi B! It was a pic on my FB page. I used an old archive thread to see if it worked and it did. Now, not so much, apparently.

KCB on October 4, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Libs are poutin’ and sad and gathering firewood for the next round after ALL their lame excuses for 0′s poor performance…

I am so HAPPY that, what is it now 80 million people saw 0 for what he is, a truly EMPTY SUIT!!

Scrumpy on October 4, 2012 at 11:35 PM

AARP wants to stay on the down low, for now.

22044 on October 4, 2012 at 11:22 PM

I wonder how many of their cards have been sent back cut up?

cozmo on October 4, 2012 at 11:24 PM

…I know someone who wrapped those cut up pieces in a xerox copy of someones arse…so they would get the message when they opened it…of course I don’t know who!

KOOLAID2 on October 4, 2012 at 11:36 PM

SparkPlug on October 4, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Clever! Clever, Spark!:)

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2012 at 11:36 PM

i was going to vote for romney prior to the debate. after last night i now believe he really has a shot at beating the clown. hats off.

renalin on October 4, 2012 at 11:36 PM

AARP wants to stay on the down low, for now.

22044 on October 4, 2012 at 11:22 PM

I think their years and years worth of supporting liberal causes and most especially ObamaCare is coming home to roost. Suspect that membership is not heading upward.

AZfederalist on October 4, 2012 at 11:36 PM

October Surprise

davidk on October 4, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Heh, that w/b nothing. No one believes the Iranian thugs and no one believes Obama.

Here are some possibilities though – Obama bombs a neighborhood in Benghazi or any place in North Africa, or some ships in the Hormuz (with the Iranian’s ‘understanding’), or he and NATO ally with the Turks against Syria, in some way…

In any event Romney has to be prepared for a good reaction. Obama might do any of this ahead of Romney’s very significant foreign policy speech, which will be ahead of the FP debate (which I look forward to the most).

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Bmore rest up after your long trip! I know it was good…can’t wait to hear the stories!!

Scrumpy on October 4, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Scrumpy on October 4, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Mr. and Mrs Skynyrd must be very proud of Lenny. (:

SparkPlug on October 4, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Leno just showed a clip of Chris Matthews being carried off the MSNBC set in a straitjacket.

That actually should happen.

22044 on October 4, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Rented mules are capable to learn and are useful.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Mules are much smarter than donkeys.

Bmore on October 4, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Reuters wasn’t sued by Nobama’s DOJ, so I put $2.00 on their being right.

rpjkw11 on October 4, 2012 at 11:39 PM

ELECTION DAY SUNRISE

MONDAY SEPr 17, 1787: IN CONVENTION

Doctr. FRANKLIN looking towards the Presidents Chair, at the back of which a rising sun happened to be painted, observed to a few members near him, that Painters had found it difficult to distinguish in their art a rising from a setting sun. I have said he, often and often in the course of the Session, and the vicisitudes of my hopes and fears as to its issue, looked at that behind the President without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting: But now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting Sun
–James Madison, The Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787

Yes, it was also Ben Franklin who– when asked by a woman at the conclusion of the constitutional convention what kind of government the framers had given to the American people– presciently admonished: “A republic, madam, if you can keep it.”

But I’m going with the optimistic Dr. Franklin. Nothing has happened since the beginning of summer to convice me that Obama cannot be defeated. And last night’s debate decisively demonstrated that he can be. But we need to stay focused and motivated– and above all vote. This election is going to be a rising and not a setting Sun:

PEER GYNT SUITE NO. 1, OP. 46 – MORNING by Edward Grieg.

Last night’s was kinda late, so for anyone interested in a reprise:

MOUNTAIN TOP and SUNRISE (00:00-01:50). A new day dawns as voters stream to the polls, numbers swelling to a flood, ending with the Barackalypse or Obamageddon, and the phony Greek columns come crashing down.

And what Todd Rundgren’s Utopia did with it: COMMUNION WITH THE SUN.

de rigueur on October 4, 2012 at 11:39 PM

The debate is already yesterday’s news; Mitt kicked butt, took names, made Michell so grumpy :( The next stories on HA end everywhere better be all about Stafford Act voting records, Benghazi cover-up, whatever this “National Magazine looming scandal is, and recent memory marxism. Keep the ball moving…don’t spike it. I don’t want to win by a few points…I want to ruck ‘em up so badly a la 1984

Jackalope on October 4, 2012 at 11:29 PM

This. A thousand times, this.

I want them pwnd so badly, lefty politicians will be too embarrassed to run anymore, will shun the ‘D’ entirely as a huge, stinking albatross that it is, for generations to come. A proverbial stake in that evil party’s heart – that’s what I want.

Midas on October 4, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Bmore on October 4, 2012 at 11:39 PM

And more sure-footed, too. Not so likely to trip themselves up. :)

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2012 at 11:40 PM

This is the second of a series of articles WND has developed from months of confidential in-person interviews with members of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago who have known Barack and Michelle Obama on a personal basis over many years. In the first story, members of the church claimed Barack Obama benefited from Wright’s “Down Low Club,” part of a documented underground subculture in which black men who engage in homosexual activity marry to maintain respectability in public. Because of the personal risk the sources perceived they were taking to speak candidly about the president and his family, their identities have been masked.

http://www.wnd.com/2012/10/jesse-jackson-wright-arranged-obama-marriage/

davidk on October 4, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Seven Percent Solution on October 4, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Did Willie Brown really say Obama “forgot to continue to think”? Oh.my.God!

KCB on October 4, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Like a boxer who stays in shape, Romney can keep the advantage even if Obama gets in the game. The background article on his preparation shows he took this seriously and used the time to his advantage. The first fight was a TKO. Both camps are going back into training, but Romney is in fighting trim while Obama is having to go through intellectual two-a-days to catch up.

If this carries through, Obama could potentially overtrain, attempting to throw some crazy haymaker of a knockout. If Romney stays focused, he could score points while Obama wears himself out spouting talking points.

Ninety minutes is a long time. Romney punched every minute. The next should be more of the same.

itsspideyman on October 4, 2012 at 11:41 PM

SparkPlug on October 4, 2012 at 11:34 PM

SparkPlug, ted c is a good one. He should have the whole list.

Bmore on October 4, 2012 at 11:42 PM

AARP wants to stay on the down low, for now.

22044 on October 4, 2012 at 11:22 PM

They can go to hell. They are an arm of the Obama machinery. All you know should get out. Here’s an alternative for the elderly in your circles.

I have no connection to either but the AARP are charlatans for Obama. Today was just pretending, out of fear.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Lenny? He’s not in the band? I don’t keep up with band news…

Scrumpy on October 4, 2012 at 11:42 PM

“The movie defaming Muhammad wasn’t a movie, it was just a trailer,” Mr. Aggour wrote to his Twitter account the Friday after protests began. “We are the movie.”

They figured it out.
You make a trailer of Muslims behaving badly …. and it triggers, you guessed it, Muslims behaving badly, “The Movie”

J_Crater on October 4, 2012 at 11:43 PM

22044- “that actually should happen”.

It will,,, Nov.7th fer sure.

wolly4321 on October 4, 2012 at 11:44 PM

itsspideyman on October 4, 2012 at 11:41 PM

romneys smarter than obama.

renalin on October 4, 2012 at 11:44 PM

The outtakes of Obysmal’s rally today in Denver (post debate) are full of projection. He accuses Romney of the very flaws that inform every aspect of Obysmal’s policy and character.

Here is the “theme” for you, O’Reilly: Romney is competent and forthright.

onlineanalyst on October 4, 2012 at 11:45 PM

AARP….hmm…is that an Aardvark show association or something?

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2012 at 11:45 PM

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Her picture on the stage last night tells an entire book series.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2012 at 11:45 PM

By the way, everyone should see this!

22044 on October 4, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Had planned to throw away my vote (Gary Johnson) because Mittens has zero chance here in Minny, but now tossing it Mitt’s way feels downright, well, subversive.

Long Live the Resistance!

Bruno Strozek on October 4, 2012 at 11:17 PM

We welcome you!

Barred on October 4, 2012 at 11:46 PM

from huffpo.FR, we have this (aimed, of course at Americans)

pushing a micro-donation via mobile phone

“To donate $ 10 to the Obama for America ‘GIVE send to 62262.” This message will appear at the end of commercials for the candidate in the coming days

i am sure that oba will be checking the citizenship records on these carefully

http://www.huffingtonpost.fr/2012/08/23/etats-unis-les-americains-don-dons-sms-obama_n_1824216.html

(google translation

r keller on October 4, 2012 at 11:46 PM

SparkPlug on October 4, 2012 at 11:34 PM

SparkPlug, ted c is a good one. He should have the whole list.

Bmore on October 4, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Yep. Ted C is da bomb. He can really bring the wit.

Here is a linky:

SparkPlug on October 4, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Long Live the Resistance!

Bruno Strozek on October 4, 2012 at 11:17 PM

So long as he was healthy R. Reagan regretted not stopping one more time in Minn. His handlers had the plane go straight to Cali. He joked forever that his last stop would have won him Minn. too.

Maybe Mitt will win it. Keep the faith, and to the barricades!

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2012 at 11:45 PM

It was that photograph that finally made me believe that she had earned the MEDUSA monicker.

She wanted to harm someone. I actually almost felt sorry for Barry for a fleeting moment…facing her and Jarrett together, later. Twin furies… straight out of Hell.

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Yeah, in Denver the next day 0 thinks he’s so dang smart, I watched a few outtakes, and the crowd idn’t seem impressed, quite depressed, like, hey where were you last night, and didn’t Romney shoot you down in public…

I mean he called Mitt a jerk for petes sakes…

the Audacity of the audaciously audacious Louse in da House…

If that’s all you got left 0, better call it quits NOW!!

Scrumpy on October 4, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Yeah, I might join AMAC. I think I’m too young at the moment.

22044 on October 4, 2012 at 11:49 PM

By the way, everyone should see this!

22044 on October 4, 2012 at 11:46 PM

It’s even funnier in Chinese.

KCB on October 4, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Funny, Barkey’s hopenchange started and ended in Denver…

Strike Hornet on October 4, 2012 at 11:51 PM

It was a show of confidence by a man hoping for a quick reversal in pre-debate public opinion polls that showed him trailing in battleground states as well as nationally.

Idiot.

Axe on October 4, 2012 at 11:51 PM

The GOPe will betray you..:)

Dire Straits on October 4, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Trace Adkins was appearing with R&R today. I think he compliments Mitt’s new debate style. ROUGH & READY

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2012 at 11:53 PM

0 is in a stranglehold baby’s!!!

Bmore on October 4, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Welcome back Bmore. :)

Axe on October 4, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Dire Straits on October 4, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Good evening, Dire! :)

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2012 at 11:54 PM

I used to agree with Limbaugh that the Establishment obsession with the “undecideds” was absurd and overwrought. Now I’m beginning to wonder – in light of a recent poll that established solid support for Romney at 43% and Obama at 42% – if the Country Clubbers weren’t correct after all.

Let’s face it: this nation is more solidly and deeply divided than it was during the Civil War and there isn’t much this side of a direct revelation from Heaven that will alter the breadth and depth of this division – all of which means that the fate of this republic hangs in a balance clutched in the hands of 15% of the electorate.

The question du jour is and can only be: Did Mitt Romney connect with a majority of the “undecideds?”

If the answer is yes, and if the percentage is sufficient to overcome what will be the most extraordinary exercise in vote fraud ever exercised in the history of this republic, then Mr. Romney will prevail on November 6.

If the answer is no, then I strongly recommend you prepare for war.

ManlyRash on October 4, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Hi Scrumpy

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2012 at 11:55 PM

KCB on October 4, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Whoops, didn’t realize AP posted it at the top of the page. My bad!

22044 on October 4, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Ok, my DIRe early warning system just went off. The message is inbound and will hit any minute now…cripes it already landed upthread.

Guess I need to tune up that dang contraption. Foiled again.

SparkPlug on October 4, 2012 at 11:56 PM

Axe on October 4, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Good evening, Axe! :)

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2012 at 11:57 PM

I’m heeeere!

annoyinglittletwerp on October 4, 2012 at 11:57 PM

How convenient.

Bin Laden Movie From Obama Mega-Donor Harvey Weinstein To Air Two Days Before Election…

Isn’t this going to piss off the Muslims?

JPeterman on October 4, 2012 at 11:57 PM

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on October 4, 2012 at 11:58 PM

i was going to vote for romney prior to the debate. after last night i now believe he really has a shot at beating the clown. hats off.

renalin on October 4, 2012 at 11:36 PM

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Good for you! You won’t be alone. There is an electoral tsunami coming.

Why was the SCOAMF on such a down swing before and during the debate?

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/10/04/obama-collapse-in-illinois-tied-in-liberal-district-he-won-by-23-points-in-08

Obama Collapse in Illinois: Tied in District He Won by 23 Points in ’08 by Mike Flynn

Back in August, a poll showed Obama with just a 12-point lead over Romney in Cook County, Illinois. While he posted a huge lead in the city of Chicago, the poll found him actually losing to Romney in suburban Cook County. It was a shock that I set aside as an outlier.

A new poll of Illinois’ 10th Congressional District, which includes parts of Cook County, however, suggests the August poll might not be such an aberration. The poll, from WeAskAmerica, finds Obama with just a 2 point lead over Romney, 47-45 in the suburban district. Obama won the district in 2008 by 23 points.

I know the district well. It is affluent, with high levels of education, and very socially liberal. Voters there take pride in being politically “moderate” and wear the label as a badge of honor. Since the 1980s, the district has been represented by a Republican in Congress, but not by anyone who could be mistaken for a conservative. Al Gore and John Kerry both carried the district comfortably in 2000 and 2004. And, in 2008, Obama won over 61% of the vote in the district.

Last year, during redistricting, the Democrats in Illinois made the district even more Democrat, looking to unseat freshman GOP Congressman Bob Dold. In this poll, Dold leads his opponent by 2 points, 47-45. It should be noted that this poll was conducted before last night’s debate, so the surprising results don’t reflect Obama’s lackluster performance in Denver.

Obama’s performance in this district in 2008 was emblematic of the appeal he had then to moderates and independents. No Democrat had ever come close to posting the kind of vote he got here. It was also an enormous source of campaign donations for his election. Being essentially tied with Romney, and under the 50% threshold, shows the greatly diminished appeal he has to independents.

“For Mr. Obama to be in a statistical tie in an area that he won by around 20 points in 2008 truly reveals the failure of his Presidency,” said Illinois-based political consultant Paul Miller. “The economy is undoubtedly the key factor, but in suburbs with a large Jewish population, his treatment of Israel is also taking its toll.”

There is a sizable Jewish vote in the district. It could account for the rising dissatisfaction with Obama here. Also a factor could be the lack of leadership from Illinois’ Democrat legislative leaders, who dominate state government and are quickly bankrupting the state. The state’s debt level has exploded and recent massive tax hikes have done nothing to plug the state’s gaping budget deficits.

I should note that the sample in the poll is evenly split between GOP and Dem voters. That may be a bit generous to the GOP, but even this can’t explain the collapse in Obama’s numbers here. A drop of more than 20 points one month out from the election is damning for Obama. Of course, the poll also deliberately oversampled women. They make up around 65% of the poll’s universe. Given the purported advantage Obama has with women voters, his margin in this poll should be considerably higher.

Miller continued: “Unfortunately for the GOP, they wrote off Illinois before the campaign season began. Considering that President Obama may under-perform by a large percentage, and that his numbers in Cook County are not nearly as strong as they were four years ago, Illinois could have been in play. It may not be too late to make Illinois purple.”

Given the state of the GOP in Illinois, I’m not certain Romney could have made Illinois competitive this year. Certainly, Obama continues to have the edge in his adopted home state. But, among the base of some of his core supporters, the thrill is clearly gone.

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Apologize for the length but it is a nice backhand for the Chicago Machine and the “skeptics” who want to claim Romney is going to lose.

PolAgnostic on October 4, 2012 at 11:58 PM

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Scrumpy on October 4, 2012 at 11:59 PM

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