Who was that masked man?
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.‘”