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  1. CM

    ;-)

    The Onion ‏@TheOnion

    ‘Millions Of Excited Americans Gather To Watch Candidates Deliver Series Of Short, Elaborately Rehearsed Speeches’

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  2. CM

    I predict both will be average, and only partisans will call a winner.

    DRINKING GAME: Take a shot any time Mitt uses a zinger.
    SOBRIETY GAME: Only do it when they’re funny.

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  3. Poosh

    If I was Romney I would totally play the race card and point out black youth have totally been shafted by this government and are in even greater poverty than they were in 2008.

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  4. Poosh

    Pro Romney person (out of 3) in Sky News: ‘it will either be a draw or Romney will pull out ahead because he’s so poorly thought of, once people see the real him they’ll not think as poorly of him.”

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  5. CM

    If I was Romney I would totally play the race card and point out black youth have totally been shafted by this government and are in even greater poverty than they were in 2008.

    Stephen Colbert ‏@StephenAtHome

    BREAKING: I don’t see race..People tell me I’m white and I believe them because I think “the Chronic” refers to lower back pain.

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  6. Poosh

    She was referring to his “personality” rather than giving speeches.

    Will Romney have the balls to say “it’s not the government’s job to create jobs”….

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  7. HARLEY

    I predict Romney will somehow drop the ball, despite it being stupidly easy to beat Obama in a debate.

    you have to HAVE balls to drop them…i predict a fumble.

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  8. CM

    Andrew Sullivan ‏@sullydish

    The visuals are with Romney. And his answer was a total re-boot on compassion. This first round goes solidly to Mitt.

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  9. CM

    Patton Oswalt ‏@pattonoswalt

    Obama always talks like he’s trying to calm down a hostage taker.

    C’mon Seattle, tell me off for posting tweets already.

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  10. CM

    Guy Endore-Kaiser ‏@GuyEndoreKaiser

    “By the way, I like coal.” Final line of my new novel, ‘The Most Boring Man In The World’.

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  11. richtaylor365

    3 times so far Obama has mentioned cutting the deficit, what are you waiting for Gov. Romney? ram those words down his throat, how about mentioning Obama blowing up the deficit, this is a lay up for god’s sake.

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  12. CM

    She was referring to his “personality” rather than giving speeches.

    This is definitely the best I’ve seen of him.

    Guy Endore-Kaiser ‏@GuyEndoreKaiser

    What are we going to do with the 40 trillion dollars we save from cutting PBS???

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  13. CM

    I love Romney’s look that he gives Obama when Obama is spinning yarns.

    Romney is using anecdotes while Obama has been talking in generalities. Anecdotes will always work better in this format.

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  14. CM

    Steve Kornacki ‏@SteveKornacki

    “You never balance the budget by raising the taxes.” — some guy who apparently slept through the 1990s

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  15. CM

    Bill Maher ‏@billmaher

    Romney looks more confident and energetic – he’s about a minute away from holding Obama down and cutting his hair. This better be ropeadope

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  16. richtaylor365

    Gee, isn’t it just peachy that we have someone sharing with us what the ubber leftest nuts are thinking? Couldn’t I go give a coskid a nuggie for his opinion?

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  17. CM

    Why is the moderator letting Obama run way passed his allotted time? Never mind, I know the answer.

    There’s a moderator??! ;-)

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  18. CM

    Gerry Duggan ‏@GerryDuggan

    Mitt Romney’s accountant just leapt out a window screaming I” DID IT ALL FOR YOU, MITT!”

    LMAO!

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  19. CM

    Gee, isn’t it just peachy that we have someone sharing with us what the ubber leftest nuts are thinking? Couldn’t I go give a coskid a nuggie for his opinion?

    Fine, I’ll leave.

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  20. richtaylor365

    Don’t leave, since you are a regular, provide your opinion and your thoughts, what Maher and Sullivan or any other Obama apologist thinks is worthless.

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  21. CM

    Even if they agree that Romney is winning this easily? Is that not even remotely significant?
    Anyway, I was mostly adding what I thought were the funniest ones. Funnier than anything I can come up with.

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  22. Hal_10000 *

    I’ve bene mostly tweeting, but I’l slip into say that OBama is getting his ass kicked. Both the the liberals and conservatives in my feed agree on this.

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  23. CM

    I’ve bene mostly tweeting, but I’l slip into say that OBama is getting his ass kicked. Both the the liberals and conservatives in my feed agree on this.

    I totally agree. That was both the strongest I’ve seen Romney and the weakest I’ve seen Obama. Maybe Kerry sucked the life out of him!
    Of all the Romney’s I’ve seen, Debate Romney is my favourite.

    He finally got his ,”I smoked OBL” into a domestic policy debate, only took him 87 minutes in.

    And it made no sense. Cringe.

    …still not much is gonna change.

    Guess we’ll see.

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  24. CM

    I’ll look forward to reading the fact-checking on Romney, much of what he said sounded dubious at best. But he’s sure mastered the ability to say it all convincingly anyway.
    WTF was Obama doing not even mentioning the 47% thing? Did he assume Romney’s comebacks on it would be even better? Bizarre.
    I’m all for a knife-edge election, that’s always my preference. So if that’s what this means, sweeeeeeet.

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  25. West Virginia Rebel

    All indications-including from Andrew Sullivan and even MSNBC-are that Romney won, and won by not even having to deliver some very hard knockout punches. Obama looked like he didn’t want to be there and had been brought into the principal’s office.

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  26. Xetrov

    Romney won the debate, but he didn’t hit a knockout punch. And he spent way to much of the first 30 minutes on defense over his tax plan. He should have dropped a “there you go again” ala Reagan 1980, and dropped it, going back on the offensive. Net result of this debate might be a slight bump for Romney. I can’t wait for next week, it’s the debate I’ve been waiting for since Romney announced Ryan as his running mate.

    On another note, did anyone else notice how Lehrer was showing bias against Romney? He was letting Obama continue, or even encouraging him to respond to Romney’s points. And then when Romney would try to respond, Lehrer would try to change the subject, or ask Romney an unrelated question to what Obama just said. It happened several times during the tax back-and-forth at the beginning of the debate.

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  27. CM

    Yep he was terrible. He favoured Obama a little, not sure it made a lot of difference.

    Overall Romney is still largely relying on `just trust me` and `trust the market`

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  28. Mississippi Yankee

    Overall Romney is still largely relying on `just trust me` and `trust the market`

    Mitt Romney just took Obama on a cross country road trip strapped to the roof of his car. Then ate him.

    shamelessly stolen from SondraK

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  29. mrblume

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

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  30. Dave D

    “Overall Romney is still largely relying on `just trust me` and `trust the market`”

    OK, CM: And “Hope and Change” was SUCH a definative, specific plan to hang your hat on…….OMG!!!!

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  31. Xetrov

    Please. That just goes to show how people see what they want to see, and how vain most of the media bias whining is.

    Go watch the first 30 minutes again. Count how many times Lehrer asks Obama to respond to what Romney just said (I count 4). Then count how many times Lehrer tries to change the subject after Obama responds to Romney (I coun’t 2). Then come back and apologize, asshat.

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  32. Hal_10000 *

    If you want to know why I could never really be a Leftie, just check out the sheer panic and hysteria in the Left Wing today. It’s sad. I have *never* had so much emotion wrapped up in a politician.

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  33. mrblume

    I have *never* had so much emotion wrapped up in a politician.

    Not you maybe, but the right is pretty good at emoting itself; just, you know, more in the other direction.

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  34. Dave D

    Bullshit, Blume!

    I see NONE of this ridiculous cult of personality worship for conservative or republican politicians. Romney is a compromise that most of us are holding our noses for, but infinitely better than the spending clowns in office now.

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  35. Dave D

    One thing I cannot see in Romney’s plan is significantly reducing the defecit AND lowering taxes. Anyone? I have concerns about the effectiveness of tax cuts in this atmosphere of massively expanded government cheeze and spending. Something has to done about that first.

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  36. Kimpost

    Congratulations Mitt, you are back in the race.

    Romney was way better than Obama yesterday, and Obama was kind of bleak. I don’t think that Obama was AWFUL as some (on both sides) are saying, but he wasn’t good – that’s for sure.

    Mitt on the other hand almost acted presidential. Hell, had I not known that the guy was full of it, and that his tax plan is nothing but air (unfunded air at that), I’d even consider voting for the guy. If I could… ;)

    Romney now needs to use the momentum to re-energize his base, and I think he will. I actually think that the base is more important than the independents. An energized base does a better ground game, and those things tend to decide close elections. Hopefully from his standpoint, Ryan will do as well next week. If he can, this will be tight. I’d expect Obama to do better October 16. Unfortunately it’s a townhall format debate, and I hate those.

    Looking forward to the weekend polls and the ones next week.

    @Xetrov
    I didn’t think that Lehrer was bad for Romney. Romney handled him like a champ, telling him that he had to respond to X and Y, and then responding disregarding what Lehrer said. It just made Romney seem stronger. Obama on the other hand didn’t handle Lehrer quite as well.

    @Dave D
    How about that Reagan?

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  37. mrblume

    Bullshit, Blume!

    I see NONE of this ridiculous cult of personality worship for conservative or republican politicians. Romney is a compromise that most of us are holding our noses for, but infinitely better than the spending clowns in office now.

    True, that’s not what I meant. Sorry for being unclear. Conservatives are in fact emoting, with strong hatred.

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  38. CM

    Obama today:

    “We had our first debate last night, and when I got onto the stage I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney,” Obama told the crowd of roughly 12,300. “But it couldn’t have been the real Mitt Romney.”

    The “real” Romney, he said, has traveled the country promoting tax cuts for the wealthy, education plans that would hurt teachers and was a pioneer of outsourcing jobs overseas. However, Wednesday night, Obama said Romney reversed those views because he “doesn’t want to be held accountable for the real Mitt Romney” and “what he’s been saying for the last year.”

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/04/obama-real-mitt-romney-was-missing-from-debate/

    Indeed, it was certainly Moderate Mitt that turned up to the debate.

    Also:

    “Thank goodness somebody is finally getting tough on Big Bird. It’s about time,” Obama said. “We didn’t know that Big Bird was driving the federal deficit, but that’s what we heard last night. How about that?”

    Responding to the crowd, Obama said “Elmo too?”

    ;-)

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  39. richtaylor365

    ;-)

    That silly drivel probably plays better over at huffpo or the kos sandbox, here it will just get labeled as the whinny little bitch sobbing over the loss of his lunch money.

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  40. CM

    That silly drivel probably plays better over at huffpo or the kos sandbox, here it will just get labeled as the whinny little bitch sobbing over the loss of his lunch money.

    Oh for god’s sake Rich. It was a little gag. Don’t be so serious and ridiculously partisan.

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  41. Thrill

    I just love how Obama today is really trying to stick it to Romney today.

    Gutless dumbass doesn’t seem to realize that it is a lot more effective to respond to points made during a debate when you’re on stage, still debating. Like, I don’t know…last night?

    Now he just comes across as even more weak and cowardly. I’m enjoying every minute of it.

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  42. Mississippi Yankee

    Oh for god’s sake Rich. It was a little gag. Don’t be so serious and ridiculously partisan.

    sez the King of Obfuscate-stan

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  43. CM

    sez the King of Obfuscate-stan

    All I said was that I was in Royal Family. I never said I was actually King. That’s your narrative ;-p

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  44. CM

    As of Wednesday, our Nov. 6 forecast had Mr. Obama winning the popular vote by 4.1 percentage points. However, his advantage was larger than that — at least 4.9 percentage points, in 22 states (and the District of Columbia) — totaling 275 electoral votes

    http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/04/oct-3-romneys-electoral-challenge-and-more-on-debate-instant-polls/

    That’s the crux of Romney’s problem, even after the strong debate performance. He’s got to overcome that “at least 4.9 percentage point” deficit in at least one key state, or a few smaller ones. Is there enough time, even with a strong first debate under his belt? Maybe, but it’s still going to be very tough. There aren’t going to be more than about 4.9% of people undecided at this point, which means he’s got to win pretty much all of them, and hope his decided vote turns out, and that not all of Obama’s does.

    The one downside of winning a debate (other than the last one) is that your opponent is likely to come out a lot stronger in the next one.

    Really, a great deal of this comes down to Ohio.

    ….for what it’s worth, the historical data would project a gain of 2.2 percentage points for Mr. Romney in the head-to-head polls by this time next week.

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  45. Dave D

    Blume:

    The “hate” market was cornered on Bush, IMO. Started (by the left) with contra (seems mild compared to what these guys are doing) and escalated.

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  46. InsipiD

    Romney came shockingly ready and cut Obama into tiny pieces. Considering that Biden is barely qualified to debate the Cookie Monster, I can’t wait to see what Ryan does to Biden. The only problem is that he’ll have a hard time not looking like a bully just for making real points.

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