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October 15, 2012

LEAKED: The list of guidelines for the debate that both camps agreed to

2012 Debates Memorandum of Understanding Between the Obama and Romney Campaigns

The guidelines of tomorrow’s presidential debate, as agreed upon by both campaigns (technically, this is a “memorandum of understanding,” not a list of official rules). Good get by Mark Halperin over at Time, who highlighted some of the more interesting bits in the 21-page document. source

22:53 // 1 year ago
October 4, 2012
Romney did something last night that I didn’t expect him to do, and obviously Obama didn’t expect him to do. He suddenly became the moderate Massachusetts governor again.
Michael Tomasky, chalking Romney’s success last night up to the adoption (or re-adoption) of a moderate political ideology. In returning to his circa-2002 policy positions, Romney “disavowed or contradicted virtually everything he’s been saying for the past 18 months,” Tomasky says, citing Romney’s stated positions on preexisting conditions, taxes, Medicaid and school funding. source
22:04 // 1 year ago

Debate ups Obama’s favorability amongst independents, but there’s a catch

8 point uptick in Obama’s favorability amongst independents since the debate source

Meanwhile, Romney’s favorability didn’t change. Most of the numbers in the poll, however, are rather positive for Romney; this is somewhat of an outlier. Obama’s lead in a head-to-head got cut in half, from 8 to 4 points, though he does still lead. Also, just for kicks:

10% of respondents would rather literally watch paint dry than watch Romney and Obama debate each other.

That was actually polled, yes.

21:23 // 1 year ago

That sound you hear is the sound of Mitt steamrolling Jim Lehrer. Here’s the supercut.

9:43 // 1 year ago
9:27 // 1 year ago
October 3, 2012

Six takes on tonight’s debate worth reading

  • Hot Air "I said in the open thread that the media would strain to spin this as an Obama victory, but I assumed that he’d give them something, however small, to work with. He gave them nothing."
  • Sully "Look: you know how much I love the guy, and you know how much of a high information viewer I am, and I can see the logic of some of Obama’s meandering, weak, professorial arguments. But this was a disaster for the president for the key people he needs to reach, and his effete, wonkish lectures may have jolted a lot of independents into giving Romney a second look."
  • The Fix "If the main goal for Romney in this debate was to show he could stand on stage with the president and handle a wide-ranging discussion on economic policy, he did so with flying colors."
  • Schultz “I was disappointed in the president tonight. The president had an opportunity tonight – he created a problem for himself on Social Security tonight: he agrees with Mitt Romney.” 
  • Hayes "President made an interesting (to my mind weird) choice to accentuate areas of agreement w/ Mitt Romney as much as disagreement."
  • Weigel “[Obama] just repeated the Bush 2004 strategy — stick glumly to talking points until the other guy shuts up. Romney’s managed to blend the Kerry 2004 strategy with the Reagan Classic — just insisting that the president is constantly lying, and that nothing he says about the record is true.”

And now, you: What did you think of tonight’s debate?

23:15 // 1 year ago
As President, you are entitled to your own airplane and your own house. You are not entitled to your own facts.
Mitt Romney
22:22 // 1 year ago
theonion:

Mitt Romney Adopts New ‘Ronnie Ferocious’ Persona For Debates

“You know what? I’ll ask the first question,” the former Massachusetts governor said before putting out his cigarette on his forearm and flicking the butt at Lehrer. “What kind of little shit show do we have here this evening, folks? That’s my question. Because from where I’m standing, seems like a big ol’ shit show. And Lehrer, shut your fat mouth when Ronnie Ferocious is talking, or I’ll pound your goddamn face in.”

theonion:

Mitt Romney Adopts New ‘Ronnie Ferocious’ Persona For Debates

“You know what? I’ll ask the first question,” the former Massachusetts governor said before putting out his cigarette on his forearm and flicking the butt at Lehrer. “What kind of little shit show do we have here this evening, folks? That’s my question. Because from where I’m standing, seems like a big ol’ shit show. And Lehrer, shut your fat mouth when Ronnie Ferocious is talking, or I’ll pound your goddamn face in.”

22:19 // 1 year ago
The genius of America is the free-enterprise system.
President Barack Obama
22:14 // 1 year ago
22:10 // 1 year ago