Steely determination, serious command of the facts, the action of calling out the lies, appropriately amused smiles at said lies, back-up from the moderator and the crowd, and an opponent who came off as a bully with no respect for women (who are 51% of the population) and no ability to do basic math. WOW! While it stylistically wasn't the whooping that the Vice President gave to Eddie Munster, it was truly a grown-up making mincemeat, very politely, of a dishonest politician.
It's hard to settle on just a few "what I liked best" moments. But I'm going to try.
"Binders of women." Really, Mitt? Binders? From a completely non-political friend: "somehow "nobody puts Baby in a binder" doesn't have the same ring to it." (And yes, she's voting. In 2009, we watched the inauguration with a bunch of other co-workers. It was the first inauguration she'd ever seen.) How dismissive of Mittens to every American woman.
"An act of terror." Perhaps this was the best moment. Romney went there, Obama let him, encouraged him, implored him to dig a deeper hole, and then after passing the ball to Candy Crowley to spike, asked her to repeat the truth a little louder. And the crowd cheered. All those undecided voters at that moment saw Myth for the liar he is.
Probably, though, most people would settle on this one, Obama's closing, and the end of the evening:
“When he said behind closed doors that 47% of the country considers themselves victims who refuse personal responsibility, think about who he was talking about: folks on Social Security who've worked all their lives, veterans who've sacrificed for this country, students who are out there trying to, hopefully, advance their own dreams, but also this country's dreams, soldiers who are overseas fighting for us right now, people who are working hard every day, paying payroll tax, gas taxes, but don't make enough income.”
“That wasn’t a handout, that was something that advanced the entire country, and I want to make sure that the next generation has those same opportunities. That's why I'm asking for your vote and that's why I'm asking for another four years.”
It was also telling that Obama doesn't look at his pension "which isn't as big as yours". How unseemly that some guy who contends (even last night) that his money is in a blind trust would bring up the point that he does watch what his money does, and he obviously knows his money is in China. And Switzerland, the Caymans, and heaven knows where else. SENSATA!!!! Sorry, I digress.
I also really appreciated that Mitt kept saying the government doesn't create jobs. He said it several times, and for some reason, no one seems to get that he's campaigning FOR A GOVERNMENT JOB. It couldn't be for the money - he makes more in a couple days in interest then the presidential salary provides in a year (and no car elevators). But still, he's taken the last 6 years to campaign, again, for a government job.
And then there was the immigration issue. President Obama, clear as a bell, Romney talking nonsense, and so very obviously against the DREAM Act.
A great evening. Please feel free to use the comments to talk about your favourite moments. And then get back to work: we're 20 days out.
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