It seems universally accepted that Mitt Romney scored a knock-out during the last presidential debate. And Mr. and Mrs. J. Q. Public seemed totally indifferent to the fact that Romney spent the debate telling blatant lies and “refudiating” the positions he had held—sometimes just weeks before—as Conservative Mitt.
But I guess this means anything goes!
Tonight, with a town-hall format, and with some remedial debate training, Obama is out for revenge. The fun begins at 6:00.
I’m liveblogging the mayhem from the Montlake Ale House. I suspect Carl and N in Seattle will be there, as well. If you can, please join us—in the comment thread or at the Ale House.
There will be blood!
6:00: I’m getting the audio from KUOW, but CNN is on the Tee Vee.
6:02: Romney goes all socialist on student loans.
6:06: OMG Obama is pointing down! Noooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!
6:07: Obama gives “Number one”, “Number two” and “Number three” in his first answer. What a snob!
6:09: Mitt Romney has a five point plan! Doh! (Although…he may have lost some of his base going that high.)
6:09: Mitt indirectly takes credit for saving Detroit. Ignores that there was no private sector money available.
6:11: Obama is more aggressive this time. I’m sure FAUX News will say he seemed like an “angry militant” or something.
6:12: Mitt’s attempts to dominate the moderator don’t go over so well with Ms. Crowley….
6:14: Mitt is TOTALLY bullish on renewables! Uh-huh. A few minutes later: “More drilling. More pipelines.”
6:17: Obama mentions that, Mr. “Clean Coal” Romney, while governor, stood in front of a coal plant and said, “This Plant Kills.”
6:19: I think Obama wins the “production on government lands” debate. Romney was simply unaware of the “stagnant lease” issue.
6:23: Mitt goes into la-la land on his tax plan. He completely ignores the fact that THE FUCKING MATH DOESN’T FUCKING WORK. You cannot cut taxes on the wealthy as he proposes and make it up by eliminating deductions for ONLY the wealthy.
6:29: Obama: During the primary, he said “I’m going to give tax cuts to everyone, including the 1%.” He said just the opposite tonight. Mitt is the world’s fastest flip-flopper.
6:32: Obama lays out, in some detail, Romney’s 8 trillion dollars of tax cuts, but offers no details on paying for it, and then points out how Romney himself, as an investor, would never accept such a sketchy deal. Point: Obama.
6:35: “Of course my numbers add up.” Ummm…no they FUCKING DON’T.
6:35: [N in Seattle]: Gov. Romney, if it all adds up, PLEASE SHOW YOUR WORK!
6:36: Romney’s bullying isn’t working so well this time.
6:40: Romney keeps mentioning how there are more women in poverty now than when Obama took office. This completely ignores that that was Shrub’s doing. Unemployment was tanking when Obama came into office, and Obama turned it around. But like any ship, it took time. (See “Bikini Graph”)
6:45: Questioner asks Mitt about the difference between him and George Bush. Mitt is different from Shrub because he will adopt Jimmy Carter’s energy independence polity. Huh.
6:47: Mitt points out the differences…Obama points out the similarities between Mitt and Shrub. Well…some of them. He could-a gone further.
6:52: Mitt’s flaggy-flag pin is bigger than Obama’s. He wins.
6:54: Mitt: “We can’t afford four more years like the last four years.” Not really. What we CERTAINLY cannot afford is four more years like either of the Shrub four years. Those years were catastrophes that left the economy in shambles.
6:56: Mitt points out that the economy is growing more slowly this year than last. Ummm…the economy is GROWING. Under the last Republican President, the economy collapsed. That means NEGATIVE GROWTH. Any questions?
7:00: MITT Flip-Flops to become a Dream Act supporter. Holy shit…didn’t Mitt give Rick Perry SHIT in the primary for being weak on immigration for the same reason. What a fucking disingenuous asshole!
7:04: Mitt, transmorgrifies into Newt Gingrich: “I don’t want to round up 12 million people….”
7:08: Terry asks about security at an embassy in Benghazi. Obama doesn’t point out that there is no embassy in that city. (It is a Consulate.)
7:14: Obama rightly points out that the VERY DAY after the attack, he called it a terrorist attack. Mitt challenges that, and gets absolutely spanked by the moderator AND the crowd. (Bad, crowd…bad, bad, crowd.)
7:17: Questioner asks how Obama is keeping AK47s out of the hands of criminals. Obama starts out by profession loyalty to the 2nd amendment. And then says stuff…hard to follow.
7:19: There is a HUGE crowd here at the Ale House. I’m guessing 30 people here for the debate, on top of other customers.
7:23: Mitt gets cut short for not actually addressing the question about AK47s. Starts talking about hunters. FAYLE!
7:24: Obama points out that Mitt has flipped flopped on the assault weapons ban. Ouch!
7:26: Carol asks how to bring jobs home. Mitt welcomes the question…pretending that he isn’t the king of innovation in outsourcing!!!
7:28: Mitt seems to believe that business chose a “country” to be in based on tax rates. If so, you’d think that Somalia would be the business haven of the world.
7:32: Mitt, “China has been cheating.” Huh…you never did anything to encourage that behavior, did you, Willard?
7:34: Mitt’s answer on misperceptions about his disdain of the common man would be MUCH more convincing if he hadn’t been video taped telling wealthy donors that he doesn’t give a shit about 47% of Americans. Just sayin’
7:39: ITS OVER. The bloodied and battered robot Romney grabs his cheat sheet and limps off the stage….