Cory Booker: ‘I wanted to scream out’ during the first debate

posted at 2:41 pm on October 11, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

Who, me? Cory Booker? Dashing mayor by day and occasional superhero by night? You’d like me to comment on the president’s dismal performance in his debate last week? Why, no, I just don’t think I could. I really shouldn’t. Do you have a permit for arm-twisting, buddy? Ha, just a little mayor humor. Well, all right, if you insist:

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a top President Obama surrogate, said Thursday he wanted to “scream” during last week’s debate when Obama did not pounce on Mitt Romney’s joke about needing to “get a new accountant.”

“I wanted to scream out, Obama, say, ‘keep your accountant, they’re allowing you to pay only 13 percent in taxes,’” Booker said. “The rest of us should have accountants like that.”

Surely sensing Stef Cutter with zip ties at the ready behind him, the famous hostage video star turned the corner, saying the president made the right decision not to attack:

But, Booker conceded, the “right advice” for Obama was to “stay presidential.”

“That’s like a shot I don’t want to hear from my president,” Booker said. “So he’s got a fine line to walk. The reality is, I would have liked to see some hard punches to the gut when Romney would say something factually inaccurate, like President Obama was raiding … from Medicare, which is factually inaccurate.”

Actually, that’s exactly the shot Obama should have delivered. Painting Romney as a heartless tax evader has been the strategy of his entire campaign, and there’s nearly nothing unpresidential enough for Obama to avoid in service of that strategy. Please see Big Bird and the Murderer Mitt ad. A well-timed debate zinger would have been a high-water mark. I had the mirror reaction at that moment— “If we all keep our mouths closed, maybe Obama won’t notice he left that on the table.” I watched in amazement as the line improbably worked in Romney’s favor and the president said nothing.

Booker wanted to scream because the retort was aggravatingly obvious and should have been deployed, not because the president was doing the right thing. It’s like yelling the correct answer at your TV as a losing Jeopardy contestant stands mouth agape and later claiming the contestant’s -600 finish was dignified.

Are we still talking about the worst parts of President Obama’s bad debate performance on CNN more than a week after it happened? Why, yes we are. Thanks, Cory Booker! Let that be a lesson to you, Team Obama.

Nobody puts Booker in a corner.

Who else has a measured, reasonable reaction to the president’s debate performance that won’t at all encourage reporters to continue asking about it and people like me to continue posting about it? Robert Gibbs?

“Five minutes in, I thought, ‘Oh s**t.’” Gibbs promised a very different Obama in rounds II and III.

Update: Left a link out for The Hill, and it’s now been added.


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Cory Booker: ‘I wanted to scream out’ during the first debate

Please do. We need another Howard Dean to make fun of.

UltimateBob on October 11, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Notice Booker didn’t want to scream out at Obama, “Hey, man, grow up! Stop using drugs!”

Lourdes on October 11, 2012 at 2:45 PM

“I wanted to scream out, Obama, say, ‘keep your accountant, they’re allowing you to pay only 13 percent in taxes,’” Booker said. “The rest of us should have accountants like that.”

Classic liberal incoherent drivel…Accountants don’t decide how much tax Romney paid…it was the U.S. Congress and the President. The typical liberal, with a sub-100 IQ will think that Romney’s accountants are evil though.

cajunpatriot on October 11, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Obama turns, looks at the camera with a grimace, & exclaims a la Christie, “Booker!”

itsnotaboutme on October 11, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Why didn’t you scream out. Seems thats the acceptable behaviour for a dem when you hear something that does not jibe with your view of the
wordl.

acyl72 on October 11, 2012 at 2:45 PM

10 bucks says Obama starts the second debate with all the things he could/should/was told to say during the first debate.

BobMbx on October 11, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Oh I don’t know.
I sort of enjoyed the debate.

NeoKong on October 11, 2012 at 2:45 PM

But, Booker conceded, the “right advice” for Obama was to “stay presidential.”

That would be a first.

UltimateBob on October 11, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I screamed out a few times.

It was that good.

myiq2xu on October 11, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Is it Tuesday night yet? Actually I don’t think the Townhall format is going to be as fun.

Oil Can on October 11, 2012 at 2:46 PM

The Left is having such.a.hard.time acclimating to reality, that Obama as Supreme is a fictional creation and that the individual, Barack or Barry Obama, is hardly exceptional except in his ability to promote fantasies about himself, among other things.

Lourdes on October 11, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Do the new restrictions on comments apply on this thread?

a capella on October 11, 2012 at 2:46 PM

“I wanted to scream out, Obama, say, ‘keep your accountant, they’re allowing you to pay only 13 percent in taxes,’” Booker said. “The rest of us should have accountants like that.”

You can have accountants like that, tool.

And I can’t wait to see the new and improved Obama in the next debate. Apparently their answer to his abysmal performance will be to personally attack Romney to his face, which will allow Mitt to seem even more presidential and the only one serious about taking on these issues.

changer1701 on October 11, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Obama turns, looks at the camera with a grimace, & exclaims a la Christie, “Booker!”

itsnotaboutme on October 11, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Now, that made me LOL.

UltimateBob on October 11, 2012 at 2:47 PM

The d-cRAT stooges and puppets in the socialist media learned something from OBOZO’s massive, humiliating failure and defeat in the first debate: No matter how humongously awful, bad and incompetent the d-cRAT socialist is in the debate, still say that “he won a decisive, but tough, victory over the Republican/Tea Party extremist.” THIS IS WHAT YOU WILL HEAR FROM THESE OBOZO SUCK-UPS AFTER EVERY SUBSEQUENT DEBATE.

TeaPartyNation on October 11, 2012 at 2:47 PM

But, Booker conceded, the “right advice” for Obama was to “stay presidential.”

See? The Left can’t accept that the stooge who is Barry Obama isn’t Presidential, that the Teleprompter Performer isn’t “Presidential” and that they’ve bought a Big Lie about some sort of Grand Master who Obama, in reality, isn’t.

Lourdes on October 11, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Heh, this is a scream.

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a top President Obama surrogate, said Thursday he wanted to “scream” during last week’s debate when Obama did not pounce on Mitt Romney’s joke about needing to “get a new accountant.”
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I guess he caught the Tingulation Chrissy Hissy Virus!!!!!

canopfor on October 11, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Why does everyone assume Romney had no answer to questions Obama never asked? I think Obama would have been destroyed more had he asked them, and you could tell by the look on his face he already knew that.

HopeHeFails on October 11, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Do the new restrictions on comments apply on this thread?

a capella on October 11, 2012 at 2:46 PM

What are these “restrictions on comments”?

Lourdes on October 11, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Ok, so what? Look at today’s polls, it’s arguably starting to go south again. TALK ABOUT OBAMACARE! Not Libya. That doesn’t help us. The polls show that. Drop Libya, it’s not going to help us, so why do it? And as far as jobs and the economy, rework that, talk about the deficit, personal income, energy and gas prices, and the out of control govt & spending. Talk about the critical issues that help us and that people care about the most. Not Libya. “Jobs” is too mundane, especially when that is working in O’s favor! It is a profound choice. Talk about that. Big govt, or not!

anotherJoe on October 11, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Do the new restrictions on comments apply on this thread?

a capella on October 11, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Please esplain.

Christien on October 11, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Who, me? Cory Booker? Dashing mayor by day and occasional superhero by night? You’d like me to comment on the president’s dismal performance in his debate last week? Why, no, I just don’t think I could. I really shouldn’t. Do you have a permit for arm-twisting, buddy? Ha, just a little mayor humor. Well, all right, if you insist:

Excellent. A portrait, rendered in a few lines, as defining as anything Ramirez could have done.

thatsafactjack on October 11, 2012 at 2:51 PM

I did scream out during the first debate…

“Sweep the leg, Mitt – FINISH HIM!”

fortcoins on October 11, 2012 at 2:51 PM

I did scream out during the first debate…

“Sweep the leg, Mitt – FINISH HIM!”

There you go.

HopeHeFails on October 11, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Booker is still obama’s little b*tch – and he’s okay with that.

Pork-Chop on October 11, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Please do. We need another Howard Dean to make fun of.

UltimateBob on October 11, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Ha! He would be Dr. Yeagh 2.0!

22044 on October 11, 2012 at 2:53 PM

It’s factually inaccurate? Really? I don’t think that word means what you think it means?

Hard Right on October 11, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Do the new restrictions on comments apply on this thread?

a capella on October 11, 2012 at 2:46 PM

let it go, man…

22044 on October 11, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Well, I have to admit listening to Dick Morris last night describe how Romney was getting a ‘bounce’ from his bounce sent a tingle down my leg.

HopeHeFails on October 11, 2012 at 2:55 PM

But, Booker conceded, the “right advice” for Obama was to “stay presidential.”

Yeah, but he was what I always knew him to be, himself, an underdeveloped narcissistic, devoid, Utopian teenager.

Romney was also himself, a clean father and leader figure.

The land saw, without lies, filters, media and ads, and she was stunned.

Bot gents came as themselves. Period.

Booker w/b wise to distance himself from Obama. Otherwise he’ll go the same way.

——–
Meanwhile the witch of the WH, who likely pulls the president’s parts off for failing, claims this.

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Both gents

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2012 at 2:56 PM

the “right advice” for Obama was to “stay presidential.”

Hahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah, Booker, he really looked “presidential”!

More Kool Aid, Booker?

GarandFan on October 11, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Ok, so what? Look at today’s polls, it’s arguably starting to go south again. TALK ABOUT OBAMACARE! Not Libya. That doesn’t help us. The polls show that. Drop Libya, it’s not going to help us, so why do it? And as far as jobs and the economy, rework that, talk about the deficit, personal income, energy and gas prices, and the out of control govt & spending. Talk about the critical issues that help us and that people care about the most. Not Libya. “Jobs” is too mundane, especially when that is working in O’s favor! It is a profound choice. Talk about that. Big govt, or not!
anotherJoe on October 11, 2012 at 2:50 PM

What the heck are you talking about its going south again? Most of the polls show Romney ahead by 1. Few say tied, few have Obama ahead. I’m thinking they’re tied. The momentum is Romney’s and if Ryan has a good performance tonight, it will still be a dead heat!

mrscullen on October 11, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Assuming Mitt’s earnings are only taxed at 15% (cap gains vs. income), paying 13% isn’t unreasonable, especially when one donates @30% of one’s income to charity. And, Mitt followed the letter of the law. So, he didn’t do anything wrong. He obeyed the laws that Congress writes. If they don’t like it, write new laws.

joejm65 on October 11, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Do the new restrictions on comments apply on this thread?

a capella on October 11, 2012 at 2:46 PM

You love fire, good one.

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2012 at 2:58 PM

It would have been a huge mistake for Obama to use the 13% line. It would have given Romney they excuse to explain “It was only 13% because I gave 30% of my income to charity and most of that income had already been taxed before I received it. It was double taxed at a total rate of 25%, even after charitable deductions. You make my point about the tax code.”

PastorJon on October 11, 2012 at 2:58 PM

“The rest of us should have accountants like that.”

What? Now we need to redistribute accountants? Seriously?

MeatHeadinCA on October 11, 2012 at 3:00 PM

“He may lose the election, but he won the post debate“, teh-heh, Stewart.

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2012 at 3:00 PM

I love all these libs with super great next day comebacks.

strictnein on October 11, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Booker was probably screaming, “Act like a man, Barry”!! And then realized it was better to go with, “accountants for 1,000, Alex”.

Cody1991 on October 11, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2012 at 2:49 PM

That was hysterical. Thanks!

thatsafactjack on October 11, 2012 at 3:01 PM

10 bucks says Obama starts the second debate with all the things he could/should/was told to say during the first debate.

BobMbx on October 11, 2012 at 2:45 PM

…in the foreign policy debate :)

He can’t do that in the town hall format. The idiotic ‘undecideds’ will ask silly questions, in silly ways, and both will have to play silly and likeable “I feel your pain, no matter how idiotic it may be”.

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2012 at 3:02 PM

It would have been a huge mistake for Obama to use the 13% line.

PastorJon on October 11, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Romney could have said… “I was paying taxes based on your tax policy. You keep arguing against your own tax rates. “

faraway on October 11, 2012 at 3:02 PM

10 bucks says Obama starts the second debate with all the things he could/should/was told to say during the first debate.

BobMbx on October 11, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Ah, the Costanza Gambit. Always a winner. I hope he deploys it.

Lily on October 11, 2012 at 3:03 PM

That was hysterical. Thanks!

thatsafactjack on October 11, 2012 at 3:01 PM

You’re welcome.

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Victor Davis Hanson makes the point that Obamas’ debate performance wasn’t lousy, it was typical. He has always been able to coast against easy opponents.

It was the first time in his career that Obama has ever had to defend his record (or a record to defend for that matter), and he failed.

MichaelGabriel on October 11, 2012 at 3:03 PM

I did scream out during the debate! RIGHT ON, RIGHT ON MITT you have bho’s thin skin showing what a petty know nothing he is!
L

letget on October 11, 2012 at 3:04 PM

10 bucks says Obama starts the second debate with all the things he could/should/was told to say during the first debate.

BobMbx on October 11, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Yeah, he should start with something along this line of seinfeldian fame ‘The jerk store called and they are running out of you’ :) ..winning :)

jimver on October 11, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Romney could have said… “I was paying taxes based on your tax policy. You keep arguing against your own tax rates. “

faraway on October 11, 2012 at 3:02 PM

I’m pretty sure Obama’s tax policy is to confiscate all Rethuglican wealth.

MeatHeadinCA on October 11, 2012 at 3:05 PM

What are these “restrictions on comments”?

Lourdes on October 11, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Let it go
It’s too ‘tragic’ to know
We’re all entitled
To once be unbridled
Just so

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Good to see that Booker got his mind right
/s

bofh on October 11, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Well this won’t help Obama out much:

@AceofSpadesHQ: Video of @stefcutter: Benghazi only a political issue “because of Romney and Ryan” http://t.co/bAmiyNIE

mrscullen on October 11, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Victor Davis Hanson makes the point that Obamas’ debate performance wasn’t lousy, it was typical. He has always been able to coast against easy opponents.

MichaelGabriel on October 11, 2012 at 3:03 PM

ACE said it too, just in ACE style :) It’s a cool summation.

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Ok, so what? Look at today’s polls, it’s arguably starting to go south again. TALK ABOUT OBAMACARE! Not Libya. That doesn’t help us. The polls show that. Drop Libya, it’s not going to help us, so why do it? And as far as jobs and the economy, rework that, talk about the deficit, personal income, energy and gas prices, and the out of control govt & spending. Talk about the critical issues that help us and that people care about the most. Not Libya. “Jobs” is too mundane, especially when that is working in O’s favor! It is a profound choice. Talk about that. Big govt, or not!

anotherJoe on October 11, 2012 at 2:50 PM

You mean the polls that continue to assume, despite a 13% enthusiasm gap in favor of the GOP, that the dems will turn out 4, 5, 11% more than republicans and that indpendents only make up 20% of the electorate?

The country needs to know about the Libya debacle, especially heading into the foreign policy debate. You know the media won’t cover the problems with Obamacare, so let them continue making the administration look bad over Libya. Frankly, I’m shocked they are doing it, let them keep it up.

PastorJon on October 11, 2012 at 3:09 PM

So Booker thinks you get a tax break for moving off shore? That there is a specific tax break?
The tax break is not paying the draconian taxes we make corps pay, but there is no tax incentive, tax law, that says you get a special deal if you move offshore…that’s why Obama stood there dumbfounded, Mitt was smarter than he, and caught him trying to pull a fast one.

I wish all of these advice columnists for Obama had been on the stage, it would have been a duck shoot for Romney…

right2bright on October 11, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Let it go
It’s too ‘tragic’ to know
We’re all entitled
To once be unbridled
Just so

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Well Done !
Your getting a second thank you on this thread alone.
A ggod day.

Jabberwock on October 11, 2012 at 3:11 PM

good

Jabberwock on October 11, 2012 at 3:12 PM

You’re

Jabberwock on October 11, 2012 at 3:12 PM

What the heck are you talking about its going south again? …

mrscullen on October 11, 2012 at 2:57 PM

The most pronounced is the IBD tracker, right after a day of Libya obsessing, went from R+5 to R+1. Fact. Also, Rasmussen was R+2, now it’s O+1. If anyone thinks we are running away with it, look at the RCP Latest Polls, and it’s with moderate exception, a sea of blue! OK, it could be worse, but we have to start getting serious because this is not in the bag by any means. Talk about the issues that people really care about. And that’s not Libya I’m afraid. It’s Obamacare, gas prices and energy. And not jobs per se, but personal income, and the deficit, and the out of control govt & spending. I think traditional marriage and even immigration could score us points, but whatever.

anotherJoe on October 11, 2012 at 3:13 PM

The beauty of this is that Obama “needs” to come out swinging in the next debate. And if this frantic, pugilistic tone is met by the same affable, pragmatic, gentlemanly manner from Romney, then once again it will be MITT who comes across as the mature, Presidential one.

Check-mate.

Noocyte on October 11, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Gibbs promised a very different Obama in rounds II and III.

Obama can be like he was in the first debate and lose again, or he can “be aggressive” and show the petulant, nasty side we know this unPresidential punk has in him.

Either way, he doesn’t win.

And he’s not informed, engaged or articulate enough to make the case for himself, because he has a lousy record and his “accomplishments” have amounted to nothing but dire damage for this country—doctored job reports from the BLS notwithstanding.

Right Mover on October 11, 2012 at 3:13 PM

mama said knock him out.

/ll

ted c on October 11, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2012 at 3:05 PM

*wink*

Well this won’t help Obama out much:

@AceofSpadesHQ: Video of @stefcutter: Benghazi only a political issue “because of Romney and Ryan” http://t.co/bAmiyNIE
mrscullen on October 11, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Yeah, that’s gonna come back up like acid reflux. I hope she gets fired.

a capella on October 11, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Jabberwock, you too have a good one, and thank you.

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Well this won’t help Obama out much:

@AceofSpadesHQ: Video of @stefcutter: Benghazi only a political issue “because of Romney and Ryan” http://t.co/bAmiyNIE

mrscullen on October 11, 2012 at 3:07 PM

I just saw that. That woman is a disgrace. Part of me hope she keeps running her mouth(and her Twitter account), but the other part of me that puts principle above politics hopes that she’s yanked off the airwaves for the rest of the campaign.

Doughboy on October 11, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Yeah, that’s gonna come back up like acid reflux. I hope she gets fired.

a capella on October 11, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Things must be bad in Chicago. She looks/acts as washed up as Hillary.

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Heh, this is a scream.

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2012

In the queue!

Mary Katharine Ham on October 11, 2012 at 3:17 PM

I was just going to link to drudge about cutter and benghazi

What an idiot

cmsinaz on October 11, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Actually, that’s exactly the shot Obama should have delivered. Painting Romney as a heartless tax evader has been the strategy of his entire campaign, and there’s nearly nothing unpresidential enough for Obama to avoid in service of that strategy.

yeah, as a cheap artifice, sure. A good R candidate would then say, well, Prezy Eye-Candy, if you can’t find a good accountant while spending 3.7T a year, we’re in worse shape than i thought…Mr. President, you are getting bad advice.

here’s an alternative theory.

barry is scared of mitt…play it safe, let Axe and the ‘organizers’ do the dirty works…barry is the light worker.

a good lawyer knows not to ask a question he doesn’t know the answer to. Do we think that mitt has a good rebutal to 47 percent..yeah. Will barry bring up the abortion ‘flip flop’…i don’t think so, would you if your whole record was extremist?

let the leftist media/axe/journolist do that for you, that’s why they are there.

we’ll see. but that’s the diff between McCain and Mitt. McCain would take it in a Senatorial Way…just like bob dole saying sub voce to a reporter…they need to quit lying about my record.

it just could be that mitt will look straight in barry’s eyes and say the truth.

barry’s best strategy, is too keep SMILING at the camera…we will see a happy barry. On points he may lose…but he will SMILE at the Camera…and his fanboys/girls will be renewed

r keller on October 11, 2012 at 3:18 PM

In the queue!

Mary Katharine Ham on October 11, 2012 at 3:17 PM

He uses this, without naming it. I know the Constanza topic has been coverd at HA. However, educating the ‘public at large’ about the “stair wit” might be worth considering…

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2012 at 3:20 PM

did you want to scream out during your hostage video too?

burserker on October 11, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Is it just me, or is Obama beginning to remind you of Chance the Gardener in the movie Being There?

Johnny 100 Pesos on October 11, 2012 at 3:21 PM

You’re

Jabberwock on October 11, 2012 at 3:12 PM

You ‘hang around’ me too much :) I do that a lot :((((

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Is it just me, or is Obama beginning to remind you of Chance the Gardener in the movie Being There?

Johnny 100 Pesos on October 11, 2012 at 3:21 PM

The annals of HA will prove that I’ve always thought him to be like him, except the movie character is truly likeable and Obama is a passive-aggressive narcissistic hack. His likeability is another meme.

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2012 at 3:25 PM

“The rest of us should have accountants like that.”

What? Now we need to redistribute accountants? Seriously?

If you like your current accountant, you can keep your current accountant.

TampaIllini on October 11, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Is it just me, or is Obama beginning to remind you of Chance the Gardener in the movie Being There?

Johnny 100 Pesos on October 11, 2012 at 3:21 PM

That comparison has been made for years on Hot Gas. I’ve always noted though that at least Chauncey Gardener could actually walk on water.

Doughboy on October 11, 2012 at 3:26 PM

The most pronounced is the IBD tracker, right after a day of Libya obsessing, went from R+5 to R+1. Fact. Also, Rasmussen was R+2, now it’s O+1. If anyone thinks we are running away with it, look at the RCP Latest Polls, and it’s with moderate exception, a sea of blue! OK, it could be worse, but we have to start getting serious because this is not in the bag by any means. Talk about the issues that people really care about. And that’s not Libya I’m afraid. It’s Obamacare, gas prices and energy. And not jobs per se, but personal income, and the deficit, and the out of control govt & spending. I think traditional marriage and even immigration could score us points, but whatever.

anotherJoe on October 11, 2012 at 3:13 PM

The eeyore in me understands where you’re coming from, but it’s a mistake to take volatility in day to day polling as evidence that Romney isn’t talking about the right issues. His focus has been on the economy all along, except when events warranted. And, with the hearings on Capitol Hill, Libya once again entered the discussion.

Also, you’re going to drive yourself nuts constantly looking at RCP. It’s a tight race, and it’ll probably be that way on Election Day…the ebb and flow of the polling is less important than the consistent numbers favoring Romney among indies, GOPers, and general enthusiasm.

changer1701 on October 11, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Booker was right that staying ‘above’ the fray was the best strategy for Obama.

Not because it’s more presidential, but because early in the debate every time Obama tried to tag Romney, Romney’s response would knock Obama down. That is why Obama chose not to go after Romney, he knew he couldn’t win (I actually think this was wise of Obama).

Obama tried throwing a couple of punches, got knocked down, so settled for a defensive stance knowing that he would soon be re-united with his writers and teleprompter and better equiped to respond to Romney – especially when Romney wouldn’t be around to shatter the narrative.

Johnny 100 Pesos on October 11, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Paul Ryan should come out tonight dressed as Big Bird…

…in a t-shirt “I’m a Romney capitalistic free bird”.

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2012 at 3:29 PM

But, Booker conceded, the “right advice” for Obama was to “stay presidential.”

…golf, eat your waffel, hang with Hollywood, go to bed while your people are dying, dry hump big bird, pick your nose, …………………

KOOLAID2 on October 11, 2012 at 3:30 PM

What are these “restrictions on comments”?

Lourdes on October 11, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Let it go
It’s too ‘tragic’ to know
We’re all entitled
To once be unbridled
Just so

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2012 at 3:05 PM

I just don’t understand whattheheck, so I asked.

In the greater scheme that is life, commenting on a web site, any web site, is hardly worth bad effects.

Lourdes on October 11, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Paul Ryan should come out tonight dressed as Big Bird…

…in a t-shirt “I’m a Romney capitalistic free bird”.

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Seriously, that’s likely what Joe Biden is hoping for.

Ryan needs no costumes or gimmicks. Regardless of how much Biden is eager to deploy them.

Lourdes on October 11, 2012 at 3:32 PM

i clicked to the Ace piece…really, how perfect is this?

One of the most wonderful things which will come with a Romney presidency is that Romney will finally, once again, separate Church and State. The president, finally, will just be a man. Not a perfect man. Not a prefigurement of Jesus. Not a prophet and not a savoir.

Just a man. A good man, and a smart man. But ultimately just a man.

The fusion of religion and politics has in fact been every bit as deleterious as the liberals always warned us.

It’s just that they were the ones who actually fused God and President.

I long for the days when elections were not about Salvation, and the Press Corps were not Acolytes, each vying to prove their devotion unto their Prophet.

not only about Salvation, but Collective Salvation.

let’s just hope sanity prevails…

r keller on October 11, 2012 at 3:33 PM

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/333653.php

link

r keller on October 11, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Is it just me, or is Obama beginning to remind you of Chance the Gardener in the movie Being There?

Johnny 100 Pesos on October 11, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Always has.

Just waiting for Obama to try to walk on water. ;)

MichaelGabriel on October 11, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Is it just me, or is Obama beginning to remind you of Chance the Gardener in the movie Being There?

Johnny 100 Pesos on October 11, 2012 at 3:21 PM

That comparison has been made for years on Hot Gas. I’ve always noted though that at least Chauncey Gardener could actually walk on water.

Doughboy on October 11, 2012 at 3:26 PM

UNLIKE Obama, the character of Chauncy Gardener was a good person.

I can understand how some attempt to draw a connection there (Obama, the not-what-he’s-been-told-us-he-is personna with Chauncy Gardener, the fictional-believed-to-be-profound-when-he-was-a-simpleton-in-reality)…but Gardener’s character was a good guy in his simpleton perceptions and outlook. Obama isn’t.

Lourdes on October 11, 2012 at 3:35 PM

You ‘hang around’ me too much :) I do that a lot :((((

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Sorry. I do that all on my lonesome.
Hanging by you I get a preview of upcoming threads.

“LET IT GO !!”

Jabberwock on October 11, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Doughboy on October 11, 2012 at 3:26 PM

I’m not surprised.

Johnny 100 Pesos on October 11, 2012 at 3:38 PM

but Gardener’s character was a good guy in his simpleton perceptions and outlook. Obama isn’t.

Lourdes on October 11, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Good point. Unlike Obama, Chauncy wasn’t a poseur.

Noun 1. poseur – a person who habitually pretends to be something he is not
poser
show-off, exhibitionist – someone who deliberately behaves in such a way as to attract attent

MichaelGabriel on October 11, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Of course you wanted to scream, Cory. Your party has owned the narrative for decades but for 90 minutes the other night you lost it. Screaming and shrieking is the default response of the left in any event, but this was too much to bear. Jim Lehrer didn’t help you cover for the naked fallacies of your ideology suddenly in full unfiltered view before the American people. I can imagine screaming was pretty much going in every liberal precinct in the country.

rrpjr on October 11, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Do the new restrictions on comments apply on this thread?

a capella on October 11, 2012 at 2:46 PM

You love fire, good one.

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2012 at 2:58 PM

It’s like the thrill you get from dangerous sports, without leaving your recliner!

slickwillie2001 on October 11, 2012 at 3:41 PM

each vying to prove their devotion unto their Prophet.

not only about Salvation, but Collective Salvation.

let’s just hope sanity prevails…

r keller on October 11, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Atheists often project their fears and nefarious suspicions — about religious beliefs and the people who believe in them, as reflected in their psychology and values — and Ace certainly does that.

Romney, like many people of faith, DOES accomplish professional perspectives that many an atheist (and many a Leftist) assume wrongly can’t be accomplished.

But, let Ace continue HIS beliefs in that regard, that religious values and beliefs by others somehow poses frightening horrors to society and our nation. They don’t but that’s what atheists fear they do.

I’d much rather a person with religious-values conscience be in the Presidency than one who lacked that, and much perfer someone who isn’t ashamed or secretive about their beliefs and values than one who is. Romney’s a person who isn’t ashamed nor secretive about his values and beliefs in a religious context, while Obama is such.

So it’s not a case of this threadbare fear of demands-for-separation-of-church-and-state but of sincerity, civility, confidence and faith in and by the person in the Office.

Lourdes on October 11, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Obama is inept, incompetent and incapable of any viable level of intellectual defense when standing alone without his prompter and handlers. So let the left prep him all the desire but they simply can’t change or alter his core beliefs or values, nor can they fabricate a believable defense for his failed policies.

rplat on October 11, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Cory Booker: ‘I wanted to scream out’

Kinda like you were addressing the DNC again, eh?

CycloneCDB on October 11, 2012 at 3:44 PM

rplat on October 11, 2012 at 3:42 PM

You’re right, on the prompter.

However, he is very apt at implementing his Utopian ideas. He is a hoax and a pox upon the land. Un unrestricted 2nd term w/b devastating.

Hopefully America has her eyes wide open.

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2012 at 3:45 PM

I think Ryan should come out picking his teeth with a single yellow feather.

He won’t but it would be awesome.

Lily on October 11, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Gibbs promised a very different Obama in rounds II and III.

“Once bitten, twice shy.”
He’ll be skeered. Oh, he’ll come out swinging, but wildly and without effect. I wouldn’t be surprised if his voice cracks.

Dexter_Alarius on October 11, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Do the new restrictions on comments apply on this thread?

a capella on October 11, 2012 at 2:46 PM

What are these “restrictions on comments”?

Lourdes on October 11, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Ohh, wait, I *finally* got that.

Nevverrrmind.

Lourdes on October 11, 2012 at 3:50 PM

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