Here we go once last time.
I am watching once again on MSNBC.
Jeez Shieffer really mixes it up with a first question on Libya. And basically gives Romney a chance to use a programmed attack on Obama right from the get go.
"Al Qaeda type guys."
"We can't kill our way out of this mess." Say it ain't so.
"My strategy is broader." How so? Perhaps we can convert them all to the LDS.
"Foreign aid and economic development. Education. Gender equality." This guy is a commie.
What the fuck is Mitt going on about? He seems so jumbled.
Obama rather half-heartedly drops a pre-planned attack. Rather limp I would say.
He does unleash a pretty good series of attacks on Romney's series of flip-flops on foreign policy.
"The rising tide of tumult." (Great album title.)
"Here's one thing I've learned as Commander-in-chief." Muthafucka. (That part was silent.)
Schieffer's first two questions sound like they came directly from the Romney campaign. Although Obama is handling the Syria question well. (Not that it is going to sway a single vote one way or another.)
Romney claims that Syria is Iran's route to the sea. Does Romney not realize that Iran has a large sea coast? Does Romney realize that Syria does not border Iran?
Romney -- basically everything I have been saying about Syria is bullshit. We should have been "leading." Whatever that means.
Has Romney actually disagreed with any of Obama's policies? (And does Mitt not remember the Bush Freedom Agenda? Bush dedicated a huge chunk of his second inaugural to that very subject.)
I just noticed that there is both a World Series game and a Monday Night Football game on. This debate is going to get a decidedly smaller audience me thinks.
Polish missile defense. That should really shake up the vote.
Time for a little domestic talking point detour.
If Schieffer was still alive, he would stop this nonsense. From both of them. It's really silly stuff.
How the hell did we get an attack on teacher's unions in a foreign policy debate. Holy crap. Is he going to use drones on them?
Schieffer has completely abidcated control of this debate. Let's make a policy that old white men be excluded from performing this role. What the hell is the question on the floor. We are now on classroom size.
And now Mitt is talking about the excellent relations he had with the foreign country of Massachusetts. It is rich for him to take credit for Massachusetts' educational achievements.
"We take program after program and we get rid of them."
I balanced budgets. (Actually hedge fund guys are notorious for using tons of leverage to make money.)
The navy is smaller -- because one air craft carrier is the equivalent to one 1920s dreadnought.
"We have fewer horses and bayonets." Awesome.
Time to pander to Israel.
Blah, blah, blah, fuckin' blah. If I wasn't live blogging I would be watching football and baseball.
My sanctions would be even better.
Doesn't Mitt remember that South Africa was our stout anti-communist friend back in the day.
Oops -- I let my battery die.
Goddamn apology tour bullshit. Well handled by Obama I think. Is anyone watching this thing?
Didn't Donald Rumsfeld note that democracy is messy?
"Democrat" senators. I fuckin' hate that. Some day, some Democratic office holder is going to kick some ignorant Republican in the nuts for that bullshit.
Is Mitt saying that Obama has done a good job in Afghanistan? What was the point of that particular answer?
God Mitt is a dick when it comes to trying to game the debate rules -- he's such a whiner.
I get my cell service from the Hikani Network.
"I don't blame the Administration for the fact that the relationship with Pakistan is strained." Mitt is really having a hard time drawing differences with Obama in a way that is palatable to voters. It is leaving him totally disarmed. I think Mitt just got a little Malcolm X in his support of drones.
Mitt looks like crap. Really ill at ease. I think he has had a truly piss poor debate. I don't suspect that it will move the needle much.
Obama just managed to work in steelworkers in Ohio and Pennsylvania into his answer. A coincidence, no?
Mitt should realize that when you owe someone a trillion dollars you actually have a whole lot of leverage over them.
I call you a "currency manipulator." Take that bitchez!
Obama hits him one last time on the auto bailout.
Not with a bang but a whimper does Mitt's debate season draw to a close.
Jim Lehrer is cheering this debate on, as Bob Schieffer makes him look like a dynamo.
Everybody loves teachers -- it's only their unions we hate.
This was a really poorly done debate. I thought Obama got far the better of it, but Schieffer was really awful and it made for a disjointed, rambling, and random set of talking points for far too much of it.
Christ Romney is spewing some serious random talking points in closing.
It is finished.
And I leave you with one word: "tumult." It's a bad thing evidently.
Rachel Maddow sums things up in lovely fashion: "Does soulless shape shifting have a cost?"
George Pataki is a really obnoxious character.
One final thought -- there is an absolute unwillingnessin right wing circles to ever acknowledge defeat. It is a stark contrast to the left, where people were hysterical about Obama's performance to a silly degree. I just checked over at both NRO and the Weekly Standard to see if there was any negative reaction to Romney's rather weak performance and the fact that he seemed to step back from every hawkish position he has asserted during the campaign. Nary a peep. All were unanimous that Romney had won. Period. It is both a strength and a weakness I suppose. But the complete loss of objectivity has to come at some considerable price.