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  •   Romney will be ok in debate (24+ / 0-)

    We'll probably see a re-run of 2008 when many pundits quickly declared McCain the winner or at least the equal to Obama in their debates when poll after poll showed that the public thought Obama trounced him. Ultimately, after all the debates, we'll still be looking at a 3-6 point lead nationally and a big advantage in the swing states for the president.

    The only thing I do worry about is how tired Obama might be.  

    •  Exactly how I remember 2008 (23+ / 0-)

      Pundit alternate universe. Jon Stewart brought it all back to reality with his WTF is McCain doing wandering around the stage bit - looking for his dog Puddles?

    •  Romney will suck (21+ / 0-)

      But the right-wing will whoop and holler about how devastating the canned zingers are.   They'll instantly declare him the winner, and "serious" media types will give them plenty of air time to lie to themselves and the rest of us.

      Obama's going to be himself -- not outstanding in debates, but not dumb and mistake-prone either.  He'll win by not losing, and after the initial sugar-high wingnuts will send themselves on the desperation will set in in earnest.  

      I have no doubt the Obama campaign has a few more land mines prepared for Romney in the last few weeks of the campaign, and still expect the polls to break a little further Obama's way before Nov. 6th.  Nobody wants to back a loser, and that's Romney's chief characteristic.

      For the love of money is the root of all evil; and while some have coveted after it, they have erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Timothy 6:10)

      by Dallasdoc on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 06:46:45 AM PDT

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      •  Mitt and Mini-Mitt are cut from the same cloth (4+ / 0-)

        Both of them have that wonderful sense of entitlement that the American people just LOVE.  You know, the kid in High School who had better clothes, went on trendy vacations, had better gear, inherited Dad's not-very-old car when he turned sixteen?  The one that all the girls were interested in because his family had money?

        You know, the one who bullied and sneered at other kids, particularly anyone who was different, or who stuttered or who obviously came from a poor family?

        That guy?  Big Man on Campus?  Complete douche?

        Someone who could say, as Ryan has, that he could explain the math and mechanics of his bogus budget plan, but "it would take too long".  Why would it take too long?  Because Ryan is too dumb to be able to summarize it, or because the numbers don't work, or because he himself doesn't understand his own "plan" very well?

        Or all of the above.  And as for trying to humanize Mitt?  Save yourself the trouble.  

        He is far too set in his ways to change.  Being a jerk has worked really well for him, why should he change?

        Now for fun, let's try to imagine Mitt in his post-campaign mode.  He's lost the election, decisively...  then what?  His whole tax-dodging life has been laid open like a book, and people have not liked what they saw.  He had advantages over most Americans, then he worked to take greater advantage by creative tax-dodges and subterfuges.  Nice, eh?  One of the haves and "wants mores".  HIs homies in the tax-dodgy world will not be appreciating the attention he drew to his finances, which in many cases will resemble their own.  It might have been better to just keep quiet and keep reaping the rewards.  

        Ever wonder why four out of his five sons asked him not to run for President?

      •  THIS, unfortunately (0+ / 0-)

        "Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D."
        CALL EVERYONE YOU KNOW in OH, PA, FL, NC and TX. Make sure they have the ID they need to vote, and make sure YOU are registered and ready to vote!

        by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 08:52:40 AM PDT

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    •  I expect he'll commit at least one gaffe tonight (6+ / 0-)

      Well maybe not more than one, but it's in his nature to say something unbelievably stupid in situations like this. Used to be he'd gaffe once a month, but with time running out he seems to be averaging one day.

      It won't change the polling results -- his poll numbers have been steadily eroding -- but maybe it'll give folks here something to replace the $10,000 bet & the "right height" jokes that have grown old.

      •  Exactly! Some of the things he said in (6+ / 0-)

        previous debates were overlooked as gaffes, but this time everyone is watching.  The $10,000 bet, the term Illegals when talking about real people...he's done it every time.

        •  I just hope the president (7+ / 0-)

          says one thing - just one, that should be enough - to set off Romney and, make him angry.  When Romney is angry, he becomes a condescending ass.  That's when his real, true character shows.

          "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

          by SueDe on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 07:43:19 AM PDT

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          •  I think Mitts is such a condescending ass (3+ / 0-)
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            it won't take much to send him over the edge.  And I think Obama has been practicing his own brand of zingers to accomplish that!

          •  Making Romney is such an easy trisk (1+ / 0-)
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            I bet his handlers have been training him to control his temper. Probably going too far with this emphasis & leading him to overcontrol himself, & the exact opposite could happen: Obama lands a zinger, everyone laughs exept Romney who is so focussed on suppressing any sign of anger (when any average person would expect him to look a little angry) in order to look calm & presidential, which gives him an absolutely flat affect. A disquieting lack of emotion.

            Viewers may not be familiar with the contents of DSM IV, but in this hypothetical case Romney's overcompensation could lead millions to wonder if he is, in fact, exhibiting some kind of mental illness.

            Of course, that may not happen at all. But I still expect he'll say something so totally off the wall that we political junkies will immediately facepalm. (Next will come Democratic derisive laughter, & the Republicans frantically scrambling into damage control mode.)

    •  Huh? (2+ / 0-)
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      The only thing I do worry about is how tired Obama might be.
      What do you mean?

      My children are the joy of my life

      by Tom Stokland on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 07:21:05 AM PDT

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      •  i took that to mean (4+ / 0-)
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        Rmoney has nothing to do but run for President, while Obama has to hold down a very stressful day job at the same time

        "Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D."
        CALL EVERYONE YOU KNOW in OH, PA, FL, NC and TX. Make sure they have the ID they need to vote, and make sure YOU are registered and ready to vote!

        by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 08:54:07 AM PDT

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    •  Romney will cream Obama in the debates, (3+ / 0-)

      All he has to do is show up, not break a spring or lose a gasket, and the media will declare Romney the winner in the debates, considering how low the expectations are being set in the Romney camp.  It does not matter if Obama wins every point on policy, substance, or style--Romney won just by showing up, and not making a fool of himself.

      Of course, it will not make much of a difference in the polling results, as Obama will continue his lead over Romney.  

      •  I fear you're right (1+ / 0-)
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        For Romney,  no meltdown will be = win.

      •  well, when all you have to do (1+ / 0-)
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        is breathe & talk at the same time, without tripping over your own two feet, to be considered the "winner", then my cat could "win" this debate.  i believe that was the original g. bush standard, and he still managed to screw it up, at least in the minds of the tv and studio audience. it was only the media pundits who gushed about what a big cock george had, and wasn't it great that he hadn't eaten his own tongue!

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