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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1. Ambiance for anyone needing to chillax.

2. German porn. I think. I just know it makes me laugh and feel funny, and it’s my new favorite video until I stop laughing. Content warning.

3.

Axe on October 5, 2012 at 12:52 AM

You Made Me Love You – Harry James

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 12:52 AM

I thought the next debate was a townhall

Conservative4ev on October 5, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Yes it is, but foreign policy is supposed to be one of the topics, should be pretty easy for Romney to hammer obama on Libya if he wants to.

LevinFan on October 5, 2012 at 12:53 AM

Where are the trolls?

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 12:53 AM

I call BS on the moderator.

Bmore on October 5, 2012 at 12:54 AM

Slip slidin’ away

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 12:54 AM

I just got moderated.

Bmore on October 5, 2012 at 12:51 AM

lol — it can just bring news to all the others

Axe on October 5, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 12:53 AM

They have TDD, Troll Disphoria Disorder, OR, TDS, Troll Derangement Syndrome.

It was caused by the recent thorough thrashing their anointed prince received in front of millions of people.

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 12:55 AM

‏Matthew Boyle @mboyle1

Hearing Obama in big trouble. This donations storyline scandal that’s about to break sounds huge. He’s in trouble if what I hear is right

Flora Duh on October 5, 2012 at 12:55 AM

lol — it can just bring news to all the others

Axe on October 5, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Its the lyrics. Let me try this a different way.

Bmore on October 5, 2012 at 12:56 AM

Flying Saucers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg0A_4BtEKk

SparkPlug on October 5, 2012 at 12:56 AM

Axe!!
Porn indeed… Great pick! Rammstein are fab!

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Stardust – Artie Shaw

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Where are the trolls?

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 12:53 AM

Awaiting new orders. Axelrod, Jarrett, Gibbs, et. al. have been in high level executive strategic session deciding how to proceed and have not yet mailed out new talking points. The old ones are no longer working.

AZfederalist on October 5, 2012 at 12:58 AM

1. Ambiance for anyone needing to chillax.

2. German porn. I think. I just know it makes me laugh and feel funny, and it’s my new favorite video until I stop laughing. Content warning.

3.

Axe on October 5, 2012 at 12:52 AM

Rammstein, great stuff!!

LevinFan on October 5, 2012 at 12:58 AM

If you like that, try this: Especially if you’re a fan of shows like Twilight Zone or Outer Limits

BlaxPac on October 5, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Cool! Can’t wait to show Mr. Duh in the morning. Thanks again!

Flora Duh on October 5, 2012 at 12:59 AM

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Very nice..:)

Dire Straits on October 5, 2012 at 12:59 AM

Good Night All.

Fourth time a charm? Gonna be a whole lot of repeat lyrics moderator. I hope you’re happy with yourself.

Axe, lyrics.

Bmore on October 5, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Where are the trolls?

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 12:53 AM

Trolls or ABR’s..You need to clarify..:):)

Dire Straits on October 5, 2012 at 1:01 AM

Moonglow- Artie Shaw

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Bmore on October 5, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Goodnight, B! Sleep well! :)

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Good night bmore sleep good!

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 1:03 AM

Either I’m really tired or HA sucks. Must be that I’m tired. Cause HA can’t suck right?

Good Night All.

Bmore on October 5, 2012 at 1:03 AM

Where are the trolls?

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 12:53 AM

Trolls or ABR’s..You need to clarify..:):)

Dire Straits on October 5, 2012 at 1:01 AM

Still waiting for their talking points on email

Conservative4ev on October 5, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Awaiting new orders. Axelrod, Jarrett, Gibbs, et. al. have been in high level executive strategic session deciding how to proceed and have not yet mailed out new talking points. The old ones are no longer working.

AZfederalist on October 5, 2012 at 12:58 AM

They also tend to scatter when they think they’ll look bad. See Maher, Bill, Stewart, John, et al. Not really big on looking grim, painting on a death-face, and standing in the gate with honor, these guys. More of a “run for it!” type crowd. :)

Axe on October 5, 2012 at 1:04 AM

http://youtu.be/gFC8sDTXlng

jrsrigmvr on October 5, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Axe, lyrics.

Bmore on October 5, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Night Bmore. :)

Axe on October 5, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Dennis Miller Show ✔@DennisDMZ
Romney keeps this up Obama’s gonna vote for him.

davidk on October 5, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Jackie great tunes as always!!

Bmore, you turned me on to Morphine, love the music!

Axe, outta sight!

Sparky, always good stuff from you, different!

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 1:07 AM

BlaxPac on October 5, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Here’s the link to a great channel on you tube for jazz and big band. Over Jazz. One of my faves on you tube.

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 1:07 AM

and you too Fred!

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 1:07 AM

so many tunes, hope I didn’t forget anyone :-)

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Body and Soul – Django Reinhardt

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 1:11 AM

http://i.imgur.com/CiVru.gif

davidk on October 5, 2012 at 1:12 AM

I’ve got no Sympathy for the Devil – Rolling Stones AKA…Obama.

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Conservative4ev on October 5, 2012 at 1:04 AM

I hear you..The ABR’s hav been few and far in btween today..:)

Dire Straits on October 5, 2012 at 1:16 AM

http://youtu.be/VT-SFgkVlno

so sorry barack that you suck

Fred/jrsrigmvr

jrsrigmvr on October 5, 2012 at 1:16 AM

jrsrigmvr on October 5, 2012 at 1:16 AM

LOL! Fred! You’re on fire! :)

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Last song from me, a little Jeff Buckley

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yo3M2Z0tD0&feature=related

Good night and God Bless us all!!

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 1:20 AM

so many tunes, hope I didn’t forget anyone :-)

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 1:08 AM

If you were saying g’night, Scrump, g’night! If not — well, this never happened, and you can’t prove it did. Luckily, there’s no written record. :)

Axe on October 5, 2012 at 1:21 AM

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Ah, good, I read you right. :) Night Scrump.

Axe on October 5, 2012 at 1:22 AM

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Goodnight, Scrumpy! Great tunes! Sleep well!:)

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Cold Day In Hell – Moore

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Great links and TY Jack as always…

Flora, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the shows, they were always a favorite listening to the radio…maybe that’s why i sleep with one on at night…lol

Nights to all!: got to try to do 20-30 hours of OT by next week, I got bills to pay and sleep to reap.

November Strong!

BlaxPac on October 5, 2012 at 1:29 AM

Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter admitted on CNN’s “OutFront” tonight that their claim that Mitt Romney’s tax plan costs $5 trillion is untrue.

Burnett explained closing deductions is what solves the amount of revenue lost by the lowering of tax rates.

“Well, okay, stipulated. It won’t be near $5 trillion but it’s also not going to be the sum of $5 trillion in the loopholes that he’s going to close,” Cutter responded.

Cutter eventually acknowledged that the closing of deductions accounts for at least four trillion of the five trillion in lost revenues she claims that will not be collected in taxes.

Jeebus, can’t believe a syllable these lying Libs vomit.

socalcon on October 5, 2012 at 1:30 AM

Heh

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 1:30 AM

BlaxPac on October 5, 2012 at 1:29 AM

Goodnight, BlaxPac! It was great to see you. Thanks for the great links and the tune! Sleep well!:)

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 1:32 AM

darkstar:~#> Activate mode –lurk –interactive –work-posture=mello

darkstar:~#> Ready.

darkstar:~#> _

Axe on October 5, 2012 at 1:32 AM

Schadenfreude on October 5, 2012 at 1:30 AM

Made me laugh! :)

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 1:33 AM

Flora Duh on October 5, 2012 at 12:59 AM

I don’t know if you are still around this evening (morning) but I have seen conflicting articles on Rep. West’s polls and I also read that the DCC has pulled $96K of ads out of his district. What do you hear?

Cindy Munford on October 5, 2012 at 1:34 AM

Wonderful Tonight – Mark Knopfler & Eric Clapton

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 1:38 AM

i read the whole noonan piece. so what is romney going to do when barry mocks/ridicules him?…like the business of the car elevator

this is how the left always wins (really Alinsky was one evil genius)

so what does mitt do with little petulant, thuggish barry? you see, barry can say anything about mitt..anything, because he is the left’s privileged child

r keller on October 5, 2012 at 1:40 AM

Romeo and Juliet – Mark Knopfler

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 1:46 AM

r keller on October 5, 2012 at 1:40 AM

He has to act like a good natured grown up, which I guess won’t be an act. I don’t think normal people like the petulant attitude that makes for interesting reading in People but isn’t how real life works.

Cindy Munford on October 5, 2012 at 1:48 AM

so what does mitt do with little petulant, thuggish barry? you see, barry can say anything about mitt..anything, because he is the left’s privileged child

r keller on October 5, 2012 at 1:40 AM

Just smile like he is addressing a bratty little child, then move on to a substantive electoral issue. For example: Obama: “Mitt Romney is so rich he has an elevator for his cars when we have people sleeping in cardboard boxes” Romney (condescending short smile): “The current administration policies that are illegally blocking drilling off the Gulf coast are one of the root causes of the fact that American people are now paying twice the cost per gallon of gasoline as they were when he took office. It’s fun to play little games with what other people have, but the real issue is what people are able to do as a result of government policies”.

AZfederalist on October 5, 2012 at 1:49 AM

Cindy Munford on October 5, 2012 at 1:48 AM

Good evening, Cindy. I asked Flora about West earlier and she related that there is a poll out that was Dem up 9, but she didn’t think it passed the smell test, since West had been leading consistently by 4-5 until then. Its up thread a ways if you’d like to take a look.

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 1:52 AM

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 1:46 AM

I tip my fedora!!..:):)

Dire Straits on October 5, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Separate Ways – Moore

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 1:55 AM

Dire Straits on October 5, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Thank you, Dire!:)

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 1:56 AM

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 1:56 AM

Your welcome..:)

Dire Straits on October 5, 2012 at 2:00 AM

Why Worry – Dire Straits

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Cindy Munford on October 5, 2012 at 1:48 AM

AZfederalist on October 5, 2012 at 1:49 AM

right….even as i posted that i thought that….or what would Reagan do?

i think mitt can do that….he’s obviously very well ‘trained’, and i am sure that his team will prep the hell on this very thing (or already has)

i have to point out that the reason Coulter was always pro-mitt was that she didn’t want her stomach going in knots whenever our candidate spoke.

well, she just may have been very prescient. ridicule and ostracizing people (and money) is about all the left has…

seriously, wouldn’t it be great if we could have a serious adult knock these people down a few (many) pegs

r keller on October 5, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Ahhhhhh the Media meltdown…..after an empty chair was there for all to see…. more popcorn please!!!!

roflmmfao

donabernathy on October 5, 2012 at 2:11 AM

Conmsider: Mitt Romney walks into boardrooms and deals with people from all over the world, and convinces people to not only do things his way, but to trust their investment on his expertise.

If he can handle the hostile atmosphere of a board of directors meeting, he can handle one disgruntled, effete dilettante.

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 2:17 AM

Sorry…consider.

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 2:17 AM

Obama’s war on Christians continues. Unbelievable:

Tyndale House is one of the world’s largest privately held Christian publishers of books, Bibles, and digital media, but it is apparently not religious enough to meet the narrowly-drawn pot-out <–this must be a typo the Obama administration placed in the HHS mandate.

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing Tyndale House filed a lawsuit and said it is subject to the mandate because Obama administration rules say for-profit corporations are categorically non-religious, even though Tyndale House is strictly a publisher of Bibles and other Christian materials. Tyndale is owned by the non-profit Tyndale House Foundation, a Christian group which provides grants to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world.

“Bible publishers should be free to do business according to the book that they publish,” said Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman.

Bowman added: “To say that a Bible publisher is not religious is patently absurd…”

Tyndale House Publishers v. Sebelius was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

INC on October 5, 2012 at 2:17 AM

I Had A Dream – Moore

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 2:19 AM

As The Years Go Passing By – Moore

I bid you all goodnight. Its been a pleasure, as always. See you soon.

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 2:27 AM

http://news.yahoo.com/romney-says-completely-wrong-47-percent-comments-050305729–abc-news-politics.html

Since this is bound to come up later, either in the second debate or Dem’s negative campaign ads, is it better for Romney to defuse the attack line ahead of time? Scores of “journalists” were angry that Barry did not use the 47% in the first debate and urging Barry to pound Romney on that issue.

47% was not well stated because many of those who did not have federal income tax obligations were seniors on Social Security who are GOP supporter or right leaning or independent voters who had fallen on hard time and are hoping an economic recovery will get them out of unemployment.

bayview on October 5, 2012 at 2:27 AM

Good night, Jackie.

INC on October 5, 2012 at 2:27 AM

INC on October 5, 2012 at 2:27 AM

Goodnight, Inc. Sleep well.

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 2:29 AM

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 2:29 AM

Thanks!

INC on October 5, 2012 at 2:30 AM

so what does mitt do with little petulant, thuggish barry? you see, barry can say anything about mitt..anything, because he is the left’s privileged child

r keller on October 5, 2012 at 1:40 AM

Well, Mitt has already dealt with class warfare arguments against him — unfortunately levied by his GOP primary opponents!

Mitt knows how to stay focused on the issues that matter to people. He doesn’t get sidetracked by personal attacks. He’s one of the most disciplined and articulate candidates we’ve had in a long while.

As has been mentioned … Mitt will likely just parry Obama’s attacks back onto his RECORD. Obama is the incumbent running away from his record.

I think Mitt will tear him to shreds in all three debates!

Nicole Coulter on October 5, 2012 at 4:31 AM

mika thinks todays jobs numbers were weighing on obamas mind during the debate to account for his poor performance.

renalin on October 5, 2012 at 6:22 AM

Now comes the townhall debate. No telling what kind of nasty surprise the media and the Obama people have in store for Mitt during the next debate. But I think he can handle it.

Terrye on October 5, 2012 at 6:38 AM

good morning!

each time they show dear leader bragging at this rally yesterday the more he sounds whiny…the way the lsm is treating this rally, you’d thought dear leader won the debate….

PATHETIC

cmsinaz on October 5, 2012 at 6:39 AM

renalin on October 5, 2012 at 6:22 AM

yeah that’s it….
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morning renalin

cmsinaz on October 5, 2012 at 6:39 AM

mika thinks todays jobs numbers were weighing on obamas mind during the debate to account for his poor performance.

renalin on October 5, 2012 at 6:22 AM

I wondered about that..or maybe something else was. I think Obama is naturally lazy and all that, but I got the feeling that something more was going on with him.

Terrye on October 5, 2012 at 6:40 AM

PATHETIC

cmsinaz on October 5, 2012 at 6:39 AM

Yes, it is..he goes in front of a bunch of college kids and says all the stuff he did not bother to say when Mitt Romney was on the stage with him. Romney looks like a man, Obama looks like a brat.

Terrye on October 5, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Terrye on October 5, 2012 at 6:38 AM

obama plants….ALL softball questions for dear leader and for mitt ()like rodney dangerfield back to school, he’ll be asked one question with 52 parts

cmsinaz on October 5, 2012 at 6:46 AM

Romney looks like a man, Obama looks like a brat.

Terrye on October 5, 2012 at 6:45 AM

spot on

mornin’ T

cmsinaz on October 5, 2012 at 6:47 AM

Great picture of tonight’s event

https://twitter.com/CharlesDharapak/status/254023285350748160/photo/1/large

gophergirl on October 4, 2012 at 10:41 PM

had to repost this picture….

EXCELLENT

cmsinaz on October 5, 2012 at 6:49 AM

Yesterday was interesting. My take.

kingsjester on October 5, 2012 at 6:49 AM

cmsinaz on October 5, 2012 at 6:39 AM

and a good morning to you.

renalin on October 5, 2012 at 6:52 AM

kingsjester on October 5, 2012 at 6:49 AM

excellent take uncle KJ…

read it folks

cmsinaz on October 5, 2012 at 6:54 AM

willie geist pointed out that liberals were countering mitts debate in real time on twitter. the panel wondered, and even invoked bill maher, and said that he did well in front of the college students because he had a teleprompter.

renalin on October 5, 2012 at 6:55 AM

renalin on October 5, 2012 at 6:55 AM

wow, does he realize how pathetic that sounds…

binky=teleprompter

cmsinaz on October 5, 2012 at 6:57 AM

cmsinaz on October 5, 2012 at 6:54 AM

Thank you, ma’am!

kingsjester on October 5, 2012 at 6:57 AM

Ah the Moaning Schmoe crew! Good morning! I’m in sunny Ireland doing a jig, just following US politics at my favorite online spots. I actually think if I was home I would be watching Mika and Schmoe spin like tops. Seems to me I’m reading the Republicans are on FIRE and David Brooks and Peggy Noonan are trying to jump back aboard the bullet train. “Us, too! Us, too!”

Don’t let ‘em on!!

Marcus on October 5, 2012 at 6:57 AM

Marcus on October 5, 2012 at 6:57 AM

you got it M

enjoy the sights and sounds of Ireland

how is the BBC and CNN world news treating the debate?

cmsinaz on October 5, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Pic of the Day: ‘Bama’s Got A Squeezebox

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/10/pic-of-day-bamas-got-squeezebox.html

M2RB: The Who

Resist We Much on October 5, 2012 at 7:05 AM

EXCELLENT

cmsinaz on October 5, 2012 at 6:49 AM

The enthusiasm is pretty wild.

And it’s always surprising for some reason. :)

Still. Cool.

Axe on October 5, 2012 at 7:09 AM

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:

So in other words, Romney did his homework. Obama hanged out with rock stars, did a little bit of golf, and frolicked on late night television and talk shows hosted by women. That is the difference we saw on Wednesday.

Happy Nomad on October 5, 2012 at 7:11 AM

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