During ABC’s wrap-up of Tuesday night’s presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Washington Post columnist George Will proclaimed that the debate was “immeasurably the best” in American history. “[I] think there was a winner in the sense that Barack Obama not only gained ground that he lost, but he cauterized some wounds that he inflicted on himself by seeming too diffident and disengaged,” Will said. “Both men tonight, I think, tip-toed right up to the point of rudeness, but stepped back. It was a very good fight. I have seen every presidential debate in American
Comments: Video included. WARNING: Do not drink coffee while reading this BS! He states that he was impressed when the Empty Chair hit Romney with the 47%. Really, you were impressed by a coward who waited to use a totally out of context statement when he knew Romney couldn't respond. What an idiot.
Maybe for the great intellectuals, this was a great debate, but it was a mess in my opinion. Romney got in great points but the "moderator" and the format along with the questions were less than desirable. It might have worked if the questions were not pre-screened and the audience were able to ask questions randomly. The debate was about the moderator and her agenda and her career, plain and simple.
FTA: The president held his fire on the 47 percent until he had the last word in the debate,” Will said. “That is, he used it in his summation in a way that Mitt Romney could not explain or respond to. So, I think as a tactical measure tonight, the president did very well, indeed.”
What?!? George, you're well past your 'best by' date, it's time to retire.
(1) There was no "summation" in this debate format - Obama broke the rules on that matter. (2) The question asked was "To each of you. What do you believe is the biggest misperception that the American people have about you as a man and a candidate?"
If anything, Obama completely ignored the question and rambled on and on about things EXTERNAL to himself - in spite of the question - and then threw in the '47%' line because he knew Romney had no chance to respond to it.
George, that may be a "tactical" success in your mind, but it's also an act of cowardice.
George Will is an effete snob who has a bad case of Beltway-itis. This debate was interesting but hardly one of the best ever. I think Reagan's debate with Carter where he said, there you go again, was probably the best. I don't remember if it was the same one where Carter said he asked his daughter Amy for advice. That (or those) debate was a real game-changer. This one wasn't.
Ole George has stayed waay too long in the DC echo chamber. The sad idea is that these folks really believe these beltway mantras and merely recite them to one another and regale in sitting around and telling each other how smart they are.
As I have previously stated in this forum, George Will, Peggy Noonan and others of the 'old guard' are no longer relevant to the new conservative movement under the Tea Party. Folk of their ilk do not understand us. They are limousine republicans of the Rockefeller mold, too used to being invited to the right parties and as panelists on the right shows.
Who reads or watches them, other then lap dog liberals who nod their heads when Will etc. come on. It just confirms the watchers of the MSM of their own convictions.
In a word, over the hill crapola from an undercover shill for the left.
I agree with Will. Instead of fat girl and beta male moderators, why not just hire fight refs to moderate. Let em go after each other but retain the power to call for neutral corners when it looks like somebody has taken a standing 8 count.
Weird comments here. Will is entitled to his opinion, and according to the insta-polls after the debate his view is shared by quite a few.
The 47% remark coming at the end was a little odd, but Romney had already anticipated it and gave his response before -0- launched. 0-bama did play the pansy and usually delivered his kidney punches from behind after the segment time was up – leaving no chance for a response. That allowed him to get in his licks, but also made him look petty, striking only from the cover of the moderator's, uh...skirts.
Indeed Will is entitled to his opinion but to be taken seriously one needs to be grounded in reality. "Immeasurably the best" debate in American history? Really?? Wow. Obviously, Will has never read any of the debates involving Henry Clay, John Calhoun, Daniel Webster, Stephen Douglas, Abe Lincoln or W.Jennings Bryan. Prime facie, Will's assertion is beyond absurd.
Oh my, Will disagrees with the wingnuts so he is evil. This from a lot of self professed ex -democrats. For the record I have never voted for a democrat for any office in almost 60 yrs. Even when I was "young". Not an excuse.
Whether Mitt Romney becomes the 45th president or not, Politico's Jonathan Martin insists that the Republican Party is on the verge of a looming crisis. Sticking with the same overgeneralized racist narrative, it is basically a 'fact' at this point that the GOP's conservative ideology and a lack of diversity will ultimately lead to its downfall. Conversely, the Democratic Party is poised to dominate in future elections. Nevermind that we heard this before in 2006 and 2008, with Clinton acolyte James Carville forecasted 40 years in the wilderness for the GOP. No, Martin insists that demography is destiny,
President Obama’s big rally tonight turned out to be just like his first, opening salvo of the 2012 campaign: a half-empty arena in Ohio. According toRealClearPolitics’ Scott Conroy, there were “empty seats scattered around the upper-level of Nationwide Arena … Four years ago, after all, Obama was easily filling venues larger than that …” The event even featured Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z, and Obama still couldn’t fill it out. As it turns out, the empty seats didn’t look exactly “scattered.” They looked like substantial portions of the upper bowl of the arena, according to photos tweeted by those in attendance:
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The Illinois Republican party claims early and absentee voting has precipitously fallen since the 2008 presidential election. According to the numbers, at this point in 2008, there were 260,376 early voters and 304,290 absentee voters. Now, the party maintains, there are 195,064 early voters and 46,232 absentee voters. That's a loss of 57 percent of voters, since the last election. This, the Illinois Republican party says, is a terrible sign for Democrats. "Chicago is the heart and soul of the Democratic Party," says Illinois Republican party chair Pat Brady. "You can't get much more solid blue than Chicago
Add Washington Post George Will to the landslide column along with Fox News Channel’s Dick Morris and the Washington Examiner’s Michael Barone. On this weekend’s broadcast of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” on ABC, Will revealed his prediction and added a bonus surprise by saying traditional Democratic state Minnesota would go for Romney as well. “I’m projecting Minnesota to go for Romney,” Will said. “It’s the only state that’s voted democratic in nine consecutive elections, but this year, there’s marriage amendment on the ballot that will bring out the evangelicals and I think could make the difference.”
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WASHINGTON — U.S. officials insisted Tuesday that extraordinary security measures for nearly two dozen diplomatic posts were to thwart an “immediate, specific threat,” a claim questioned by counterterrorism experts, who note that the alert covers an incongruous set of nations from the Middle East to an island off the southern coast of Africa. Analysts don’t dispute the Obama administration’s narrative that it’s gleaned intelligence on a plot involving al Qaida’s most active affiliate, the Yemen-based Arabian Peninsula branch. That would explain why most U.S. posts in the Persian Gulf are on lockdown, including the U.
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WASHINGTON — Former Massachusetts lawmaker Barney Frank revealed that he doesn’t believe in God. During Friday’s appearance on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” Frank, who championed the decriminalization of pot while serving in the House of Representatives, admitted to smoking marijuana and being an atheist. “You were in a fairly safe district. You were not one of those congress people who would have to worry about every little thing,” Maher said to Frank. “You could come on this show and sit next to a pot-smoking atheist and it wouldn’t bother you.”
In a rare diplomatic snub, President Obama is canceling plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month. The decision reflects both U.S. anger over Russia´s harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and growing frustration within the Obama administration over what it sees as Moscow´s stubbornness on other key issues, including missile defense and human rights. Obama will still attend the Group of 20 economic summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, but a top White House official said the president had no plans to hold one-on-one talks with Putin while there.
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Speaking from Egypt Tuesday night, where they are hoping to broker a peaceful transition period between the country’s ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi to its next phase of nascent democracy, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham warned that concessions on both sides needed to begin immediately or Egypt’s government would “fail.” “I didn’t know it was this bad,” Graham said. “These folks are just days, weeks away from all out bloodshed.” “There is only one way that we can bring about a peaceful Egypt, and that is a process of negotiation and reconciliation between major players,” McCain said.