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Wed Oct 17, 2012, 07:46 PM

Mitt's Mutt Whistle

CROWLEY: Mr. President, let me get — let me get the governor in on this. And Governor, let’s — before we get into a…

ROMNEY: I — I…

CROWLEY: …vast array of who says — what study says what, if it shouldn’t add up. If somehow when you get in there, there isn’t enough tax revenue coming in. If somehow the numbers don’t add up, would you be willing to look again at a 20 percent…

ROMNEY: Well of course they add up. I — I was — I was someone who ran businesses for 25 years, and balanced the budget. I ran the Olympics and balanced the budget. I ran the — the state of Massachusetts as a governor, to the extent any governor does, and balanced the budget all four years. When we’re talking about math that doesn’t add up, how about $4 trillion of deficits over the last four years, $5 trillion? That’s math that doesn’t add up. We have — we have a president talking about someone’s plan in a way that’s COMPLETELY FOREIGN to what my real plan is. (Emphasis by H2O Man)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/10/16/full-transcript-of-the-second-presidential-debate/?wprss=rss_business


The transcript alone does not tell the whole story behind this little exchange in last night’s debate. (You have to watch it, to fully appreciate how Romney is attempting to insult Barack Obama.) And I have been disappointed that no journalist has focused on it -- yet. But I do expect that either Chris Matthews or Lawrence O’Donnell will report on it soon.

Simply put, at a time when Romney was getting his ass kicked by President Obama, he pulled this line out. It was one that his campaign had prepared, and that Willard had rehearsed, for two reasons: one, it was an obvious shout-out to the rabid right wing; and second, it was intended to throw the President off balance, by showing the willingness to deliver the dirtiest of low-blows.

It didn’t work in the intended manner.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 07:53 PM

1. Good catch

Romney also made a comment that the President "is a good speaker" or "gives good speeches". Something to that effect. He really tried to demean our President and was extremely rude. Guess he thought he could push some buttons. It didn't work out the way he hoped, did it?

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Response to livetohike (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 08:05 PM

2. No, it didn't

have the intended results. Either time.

I'm hoping to watch the debate again tonight!

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 08:19 PM

3. The President is cool under fire.

And, methinks Tweety is going to blurt out something about Mitch's racist undertones.

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Response to CrazyOrangeCat (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 11:32 AM

4. Right.

I remember reading about, the afternoon of the day he gave the key note speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention, and those around him were anxious, Obama said, "I've got this. I'm Lebron, baby."

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