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  •  Look, (2+ / 0-)
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    susanWAstate, Matt Z

    Obama, just like the media, has to be tough enough to call Romney or Ryan or any other lying Republican a lying fucking asshole.

    Did Mitt win?  Visually no.  Audibly yes.  He looked like a douchebag but he sounded focused and confident.

    Why it doesn't matter:  He's a lying fucking asshole and tomorrow the story isn't going to be about Obama's subdued performance but will be focused on the walkbacks, the lies, the distortions.

    All Obama has to do in the next debate is to cut Mitt off mid-sentence and say, "No, Governor, we're here to talk about facts not what is convenient."  There were only about forty instances tonight where Obama could have used such a tactic and let the viewer know that Romney was lying or reversing course on established positions.  The way Mitt was interrupting and trying to dominate it would not have been unseemly for Obama to interrupt Mitt.  It would also have put Mitt on the defensive.  

    I don't think the debate hurts Obama but it sure reminds me of why I thought he was such a shitty candidate four years ago.  He got it done though...and maybe he'll rally and be the aggressor in the next debate.

    But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have laid my dreams under your feet; tread softly, because you tread on my dreams. – Yeats

    by Bill O Rights on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 08:28:48 PM PDT

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      vcmvo2, Matt Z

      a huge portion of the public already knows that Romney's a prince of lies. Fiction can often be crisper than reality. But people generally can tell the two apart.

      •  that isn't the point (0+ / 0-)

        it is one thing for a fact checker/pundit to call out a lie after the fact...it is a whole other thing when the POTUS calls out a lie in real time.  You can disagree but I'll stand fast on the idea that most voters, even the Rs, want to be told the truth regardless of how "crisp fiction might seem."

        But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have laid my dreams under your feet; tread softly, because you tread on my dreams. – Yeats

        by Bill O Rights on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 10:08:22 PM PDT

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