Ex Post Facto Badass


Who was that masked man?

Feisty Obama says didn’t face “real Mitt Romney” in debate

President Barack Obama came out swinging against Republican rival Mitt Romney on Thursday after a lackluster performance in their first debate forced the Democrat’s aides to talk of “adjustments” to his campaign.

Dressed casually in khakis and a jacket, Obama told a rally of some 12,000 people the former Massachusetts governor was untruthful during their 90-minute debate, which most observers said the Republican won.

“When I got onto the stage, I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney,” Obama said.

“But it couldn’t have been Mitt Romney, because the real Mitt Romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. The fellow on stage last night said he didn’t know anything about that.”

Obama’s campaign has pressed Romney for months over his support for extending Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy, which the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center estimated could cost $5 trillion over 10 years. Romney rejected that figure at the debate and insisted his plans would not increase the deficit.

The Democratic president was criticized for not pushing back aggressively against his rival during the debate. He adopted an assertive posture on Thursday, however, taking Romney to task on everything from education policy to outsourcing.

“The real Mitt Romney said we don’t need any more teachers in our classrooms. But … the fellow on stage last night he loves teachers – can’t get enough of them,” Obama said.

“The Mitt Romney we all know invested in companies that were called ‘pioneers’ of outsourcing jobs to other countries. But the guy on stage last night, he said he doesn’t even know that there are such laws that encourage outsourcing.”


Barack Obama had three problems Wednesday night and none of them had anything to do with Mitt Romney’s honesty.

The first problem is that Obama is a lousy debater. In 2007-2008 he didn’t win a single debate, even against John “Crypt Keeper” McCain. But that fact was mostly disguised by media. The one time he faced any tough questions was the Pennsylvania debate and afterwards he flipped Hillary the bird and refused to do any more debates with her.

The second problem is that whatever debating skills he has have atrophied. He’s been living in a bubble for four years. He prefers to give speeches and statements using a teleprompter and rarely answers questions unless everything is tightly scripted and approved. When he does answer questions it is at a Potemkin townhall or in some one-on-one interview with a friendly reporter or talk show host.

Do you know why cops make good witnesses? Because they testify a lot. If you’ve been examined and cross-examined 100 times you’re gonna be much better at it than someone who has never testified before. Cops are really hard to trip up. On the other hand most amateur liars fall apart under skillful cross examination. They aren’t used to being challenged and questioned by a hostile interviewer.

Obama is really not a very good liar, which is surprising considering how much he practices at it. He’s just gotten away with it all his life.

But Obama’s biggest problem was he had to face the Real Mitt Romney for 90 minutes. For several months now Barack Obama has been fighting a strawman dreamed up by his campaign. This candidate made of straw is a greedy corporate vulture who offshores jobs, gives women cancer, doesn’t relate well to people, makes lots of gaffes and is completely passive.

Barack introduces Strawman Mitt at his rallies and speeches. Then he stands him up on stage and knocks him down, over and over. The friendly audience loves it. Strawman Mitt takes it in silence, never complaining or resisting.

Barack Obama was expecting Strawman Mitt to be there on Wednesday night but instead Alpha Male Mitt the Stormin’ Mormon showed up to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and he was all out of bubble gum.

It comes as a complete shock when your punching bag starts punching back.

I don’t know if Mitt Romney can repeat his performance but I have confidence he’ll do okay in the other two debates. The real question is whether Obama can get his shit together in the next couple weeks.

One thing is for sure, he won’t be overconfident next time.


Two Occupiers in a convertible get pulled over in Alabama. When the state trooper walks up to the driver’s door he pulls out his baton and whacks the driver on the head.

“What was that for?” asks the Occupier behind the wheel.

“I was just teaching you a lesson” replied the cop. “Here in Alabama you are expected to have your license, insurance and registration ready when a cop reaches your window. Next time you’ll remember.”

The cop then proceeds to write the Occupier a ticket. Afterward, instead of walking back to his patrol car, the cop walks around to the passenger side, pulls out his baton, and whacks the passenger on the head.

“What was that for?” asks the other Occupier.

“I was just giving you your wish” replied the cop. “In about one minute you were gonna say ‘I wish that cop had tried that shit with me.‘”



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28 Responses to Ex Post Facto Badass

  1. angienc says:

    Who offshores jobs for tax deductions — don’t forget that important point about Strawman Mitt.

    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry that people in this country can actually believe that the US Tax Code gives a tax deduction to companies for moving plants overseas . You know, other lies Obama (and, in fairness, other politicians) tell usually at least have some tether — however slender — to believability. Alas, not even that minimal requirement is needed by Obama supporters.

    Also, is it racist when a prog sources says it? (Headline at HuffPo):

    It’s Time for Obama to Become the “Angry Black Man” (Not worth the click: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/04/its-time-for-obama-to-bec_n_1940049.html)

    Poor progs — they actually still believe in Obama & his “genius 11th dimensional chess” after Romney exposed him as the fraud that we all knew him to be on live TV. Further, they think the best strategy after having the OFA’s lies about Romney blow up is to double down on those lies. But what can you expect from people who can actually believe that the US Tax Code gives a tax deduction to companies for moving plants overseas.

    I found the perfect summation of the debate by Reason magazine’s Matt Welch:

    “That wasn’t a debate so much as Mitt Romney just took Obama for a cross country drive strapped to the roof of his car.”

    Everyone but the progs saw it.

  2. Lulu says:

    He is a trash talking little punk. He will not do this at a debate. He cannot even look at his opponent much less score points without a protective moderator and the Secret Service guarding him. This also how he conducts foreign diplomacy which is why he won’t show up and has to have Hillary do it for him. If he goes all gangsta everyone but the Bots will be appalled and his handlers know it. Most bullies go off and big bad mouth it after having their butts handed to them and that is what he sounds like. He is at risk of having Romney “correct” him again at the next debate if he doesn’t reign it in.

    This seems somehow apropos this morning.

  3. myiq2xu says:

    There is a reason people say they are DUmb:

    My Extremely low information voter friend had this to say about the Debates
    Ok my Friend has been going through a Divorce and a host of other issues, so keeping up with Politricks is not at the top of her Priority list.

    Last week I asked if she was for republicans or democrats, she asked me which one is Obama?
    Seriously she is that not into politics but she votes.

    So last night by accident she ended up watching the entire debates and she had this to say.

    “Heather I have not been following the elections at all. Last night was my first time paying attention, and I have to tell you, Mitt Romney is such a freakin jerk. How can anyone vote for this guy, he was over talking the President, and Yelling at the Moderater, he didn’t look like a guy I would want to be President!”

    67% of 70 million people disagree.

    • cj says:

      I’m guessing a totally fake bullshit story. The only ones telling the truth on DU are probably the trolls.

  4. myiq2xu says:

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Dana Milbank agrees with you myiq: President-in-a-Bubble surrounded by yes people doth make him weaker 😉

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-president-obama-doesnt-meet-the-press/2012/10/04/ac688c8a-0e78-11e2-bb5e-492c0d30bff6_story.html

    I don’t think Obama’s going to be any better prepared for future debates.

    • Lulu says:

      You cannot correct 50 years in 30 days. I still think Romney has a psych profile and can predict what Obama will do. The first debate was to overwhelm him, strike down the myth of his big brain, and use the passivity of the moderator against him. The reaction was anger the next day after he had time to realize what hit him. Obama’s response was petty, impotent trash talking. The next debate will be a townhall I think and will be rough. Romney is a larger, more virile male so some subtle physical intimidation will be used and it will rattle Obama. More overwhelming data from a quicker mentally Romney to confuse and fluster him and get him retreating. By the last debate Obama will look sick with dread with another old guy moderator. This is basically how an alpha treats a beta in high stakes. A fake alpha turns into a beta under stress.

    • t says:

      Yep, the bubble boys will just convince Obama that the media is lying/wrong and that he’s so much better in a townhall debate. No prep needed. He’s a genius, you know.

  6. myiq2xu says:

  7. swanspirit says:

    Evidently ,Obama’s disdain (contempt ) is a good thing , he just has to hold his nose to debate wit Mitt .

    http://www.emptywheel.net/2012/10/04/when-youve-spent-3-years-disdaining-criticism/

    • myiq2xu says:

      Marcy Wheeler should change her alias to “Emptyhead”

      In my opinion, the story of the debate last night was how well each man channeled the almost palpable disdain he harbored for his opponent. Mitt Romney had the demeanor of someone who couldn’t stand that an unaccomplished black man failed to accord his business and governmental success due respect (John McCain struggled with something similar). He channeled that disdain into amped Howdy Doody smiles that, while just as fake as everything else from Mitt, were at least more accessible.

      Obama had the same demeanor we’ve seen for years from him when he gets exasperated that critics don’t pay due attention to the catastrophe he inherited from Bush. Rather than listening to legitimate criticisms–at times, even from the right–Obama just purses his lips to hide his anger about the criticism and sends out an aide to make accusations about the Professional Left. Last night, Obama’s anger at Mitt’s criticisms and lies was channeled into looking down, occasionally forcing a smile out of those pursed lips, though only on a few occasions with enough mockery to successfully undercut what Mitt was saying.

      I’m not suggesting that, last night, Obama should have affected listening to Mitt’s lies as effective criticism (though I think he could have very effectively asked Mitt a number of pointed questions as a way to undercut the lies without appearing defensive). But I do think Obama’s demeanor last night is something he has practiced often over the last 3 years.

      I will say this for Obama: Some portion of his time in the 4 hours before the debate must have been spent not on debate prep, but in briefings on the escalating tensions between Turkey and Syria, which (particularly given that Turkey is a NATO member) could spiral out of control quickly. I wouldn’t blame him if he was distracted by what could be a really dangerous incident, even putting the election aside.

      All that said, Obama needs to find a way to engage enough with Mitt’s criticisms and lies to debunk them with grace. Disdain alone won’t do it.

      Kool-Aid is a helluva drug.

  8. yttik says:

    “One thing is for sure, he won’t be overconfident next time…”

    I think he won’t be able to help it. It’s his method of operation. I predict he’ll just get more aggressive, which will come across as arrogant, desperate, and confused. What he needs is to present some clarity and some humility, but I think both of those things are so alien to him, he won’t be able to do it.

  9. westcoaster says:

    Obama said, “When I got onto the stage, I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney.” And Romney met the chair that claimed to be Obama.

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