One thing that was absent from the first presidential debate was the truth—the word truth that is. A glimpse at the debate transcript reveals that the word never came up at all, while true came up twice in an exchange of more than 16,000 words. Each candidate used it once, Mitt Romney indirectly to accuse the president of lying about his platform, Barack Obama overtly in his admission that health care premiums have risen since the passage of Obamacare two years ago. The Obama campaign has announced plans to change all that in the second debate. In fact they intend
Comments: If the 0bama campaign is going to try and attack Romney with their lying version of ''facts'' they are making a huge mistake. So let them. There seems to be a major assault planned beginning this week upon the ''facts'' of the 0bama regime that will carry over into the next debate. Organized? Maybe. Either way Romney will certainly be prepared and 0bama is simply too stupid to be prepared. You can't memorize everything and if the 0bama campaign is counting on their candidate being able to think on his feet..........
I have no idea who Portnoy is, but the fictional one had nothing to qualify him to give this kind of advice.
Mr. Romney should be himself. Do what he did last week. He will be fine.
The veneer over Obie's nastiness is very, very thin these days. Often entirely missing. He will have been warned "no smirks, no zingers, no nastiness, no sarcasm, no derisive facial or body language" - and he won't have a helluva lot left.
Howard Portnoy has written for the New York's "Daily News" and several national magazines. He has one published novel, "Hot Rain," (G. P. Putnam's Sons), and has ghost-written some dozen books on art and literature. He also blogs at HotAir.com.
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This piece just restates the obvious. I hate the kind of condescension that some of these unsolicited "advisers" are coming up with. They've never done anything but write, never run anything, never been elected to anything. Spectators.
It may not happen in number 2, but it will surely happen in 3. It will only take one or two more stingers from Romney to cause him to loose it. He despises Romney as much as he despises the USA, and when Romney challenges him it make his blood boil.
Team Romney continually impresses with its focus, discipline, and ruthlessness (remember the primaries?). Team Obama has vastly underestimated Romney -- by believing its own pathetic mantra about Romney and Obama, and not realizing that it takes more to lead than Obama's being propped up by affirmative action Marxist whores.
Pass the popcorn. Hell will be unleashed on Obama starting tomorrow.
#1 is on the right track. More will be gained by letting NerØbama's petulance be the dominant factor. While posters (like me) can call "a spade a spade" (so to speak), Romney must make the point in a less blatant manner. We're not running to be POTUS - he is. As Margaret Hamilton's line in that 1939 classic points out: "These things must be done d-e-l-i-c-a-t-e-l-y!"
Although the second debate will be about foreign policy, I would expect that under a claim of plausible relevance, Obama will attempt to shoe-horn in the rejoinders he wishes he had made in the first debate, including some reference to the 47%. In effect, a do-over. Will Candy Crowley let him? She will egg him on and all but dance when he recites the whole paragraphs he is now being forced to memorize in debate prep.
Romney should make a point to bring a huge binder labeled "Cheat Sheets" out with him at the next debate. Then hand it to the moderator and say "I don't really need this but you can let Barrack use it if he wants" Then he should take a handkerchief out of his pocket dab his forehead before placing it on the podium
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