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October 21, 2012

In which SNL’s cold open captures the dynamics of the second presidential debate perfectly.

8:53 // 1 year ago
October 17, 2012
The Boston Phoenix’s servers are turning into liquid metal at the moment based on this "Binders Full of Women" fact-check.

The Boston Phoenix’s servers are turning into liquid metal at the moment based on this "Binders Full of Women" fact-check.

0:13 // 1 year ago
October 16, 2012
23:56 // 1 year ago

What the pundits think: Who won tonight’s debate?

  • Sully "To my mind, Obama dominated Romney tonight in every single way: in substance, manner, style, and personal appeal. He came back like a lethal, but restrained predator. He was able to defend his own record, think swiftly on his feet, and his Benghazi answer was superb. He behaved luke a president. He owned the presidency.”
  • Daily Caller "Though he wasn’t terrific tonight, President Obama was clearly more energetic than in the first debate. And Mitt Romney was less polished. Because Obama set the bar so low last time — and because he seemed to finish especially strong this time — the storyline could very well be ‘Obama battles back.’
  • The Fix Neither candidate scored the clear victory that Romney racked up in the first presidential debate 13 days ago and both sides will be pleased with how their candidate did in the 90-minute debate. Partisans will love the red meat the two men threw around; undecideds and independents will balk at the bickering. It’s hard to imagine the debate changing any minds — to the extent there are minds to be changed.”
  • George Will "I have seen every presidential debate in American history, since…Nixon & Kennedy in 1960. This was immeasurably the best." (via Brian Stelter)
  • Weigel  Obama’s doing so much better than his now-legendary Denver debate, on so many stylistic grounds, that we’re ignoring how adroitly Romney is repeating the Litany of Failures, the list of ways Obama has Failed You Despite His Flowery Rhetoric.”
  • Buzzfeed  "Barack Obama turned his administration’s worst foreign policy disaster into a dramatic victory in Tuesday’s debate when Mitt Romney sought to stretch the criticism of the Obama Administration’s handling of the incident.”

And now, your turn. Who do you think won tonight’s debate? Catch up over this-a-way.

23:33 // 1 year ago
theatlantic:

Romney’s eyebrows fact-check Libya.

I sense a little gulping as well.

theatlantic:

Romney’s eyebrows fact-check Libya.

I sense a little gulping as well.

22:55 // 1 year ago
22:41 // 1 year ago
I think Mitt Romney is a good man… but when he said, behind closed doors, that 47% of American wouldn’t take responsibility for their lives? Think about who that is… when my grandfather came home from World War 2, and got the GI Bill, that wasn’t a handout.
President Obama, closing out the debate tonight with his take on Mitt Romney’s 47% remarks.
22:40 // 1 year ago
China’s been cheating over the years, number one by manipulating their currency, number two by stealing our intellectual property.
Mitt Romney, calling out China on currency manipulation. If you had ‘cheating China’ in your Mitt Romney debate drinking game, raise a toast!
22:34 // 1 year ago
…I don’t think that weapons made for battle in military theaters should be on our streets.
President Obama, answering an unexpected but very welcome question on gun control. Mitt Romney responded that he didn’t favor new laws regarding guns, but rather wanted to see a restoration of the family unit and social values, then pivoting to criticism of the ATF’s Fast and Furious operation.
22:23 // 1 year ago
apoplecticskeptic:

newsweek:

Mitt Romney just got called out for lying about the Obama administration’s response to the Libya attack—and the audience applauded. Big time. Here’s David Frum’s tweet, he the former speechwriter for George W. Bush. Uh oh is right.

A seriously huge moment.

Yeah, this was Romney’s trump card … well, until now.

apoplecticskeptic:

newsweek:

Mitt Romney just got called out for lying about the Obama administration’s response to the Libya attack—and the audience applauded. Big time. Here’s David Frum’s tweet, he the former speechwriter for George W. Bush. Uh oh is right.

A seriously huge moment.

Yeah, this was Romney’s trump card … well, until now.

22:23 // 1 year ago