Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Spin the Debate

I remember watching the Veep debate between Lloyd Bensen(D) and Dan Quayle(R) during which Quayle proves himself to be a nice bland sort of guy with no qualifications whatsoever for the position. Bensen thoroughly trounced Quayle in a mismatch that was at times painful to watch. The moment that sticks in my mind even more than the "You're no Jack Kennedy" zinger from Bensen after Quayle tried to invoke some claimed resemblance to John F Kennedy, was the statement from George H W Bush immediately after the closing handshake, "Dan knocked it out of the park" said Bush. Even the reporters were stunned at the disingenuous and plainly false utterance of the man who went on to become a one term President of the US. Now we expect it. Barack Obama clearly won this debate. He knew more, never said one thing that wasn't exactly correct, and even knew the Iran has two entire coastlines unlike Romney, who insistently displayed his ignorance with such statements as "Syria is Iran's route to the sea." Here we have a man claiming the stature to be President with a plan to forcibly deal with Iran but who doesn't even seem to know that Iran has a formidable navy controlling both its coastlines. But that won't come out in this morning's press. Here's what will come out:(LA Times)
Monday's presidential debate, the third and last between President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney, featured a forceful and articulate defense of Obama's foreign policy. That was no surprise. What was surprising was that it came from Romney.
What will Republicans say about the debate? There's no place for truth in a Republican campaign. Watch for it.
Update from our Told You So department: Sarah Palin: "...It’s unfortunate that Gov. Romney didn’t have time to answer all the false charges. I made a couple of pages of a list of the false charges." Only she never actually says what a single one of those false charges are. It's like all those newspapers she told Katie Couric she reads. Yeah right... From Bloomberg: "Someone apparently forgot to tell Mitt Romney about last night’s foreign-policy debate. He didn’t come to debate, and he wasn’t eager to talk about foreign policy."

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