More Reaction to the Second Presidential Debate

Obama did good last night.. and stopped the bleeding from the first debate..

Romney was defaced with the “act of terror” gaffe..

And Obama had a brilliant closing argument..


More Reaction to the Second Presidential Debate:

A CBS News instant poll found Obama won 37% to 30% while CNN found Obama won 46% to 39%.

Here are some other reactions:

Andrew Sullivan: “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.”

Joshua Green: “I thought Mitt Romney’s second debate was nearly as bad as Barack Obama’s first debate.”

Alex Pareene: “Obama clearly prepared for his Libya response. Romney makes a dumb mistake: Obama says he spoke in the Rose Garden after the attack and called it an act of terror. Romney says “no you didn’t.” Obama says “get the transcript.” Crowley says ‘he did.’ The audience applauds Crowley live fact-checking Romney. Like, twice. They applaud twice. Romney stutters through the rest of his response, and it doesn’t matter what he says: He just got fucking destroyed. By the audience, basically.”

Joe Klein: “Most political debates are like this. There aren’t very many clean wins or losses. The candidates work on the audiences they’ve targeted-women for Obama; small business for Romney-and few minds are changed. The number of minds that are changeable at this point in this race is so miniscule that I can’t guess which candidate did better at influencing the truly undecided-which is why I can’t say who won.”

Josh MarshallL “Romney did well. Obama did better. And increasingly better over the course of the evening.”

(Via Pwire.)


6 takeaways from the second Brown-Warren debate

The debate last night was way better than the first one.. with a very good format by moderator David Gregory…. and more substantive back and forths… without the stop-watch dynamics of more structured debates..

And with strong moderation… cutting through…


But who won.. hard to say.. if Scott Brown’s “nice guy” image is a decisive point for his re-election… he’s not helping himself… with the tone and body language.. being aggressive and assertive.. to the point of bossy..

And Brown’s voting record and support for Scalia… might tip the balance against him in very blue Massachusetts… where Obama is polling at +30 at the moment… and could secure a Democratic Senate majority after November..

6 takeaways from the second Brown-Warren debate:

6 takeaways from the second Brown-Warren debate

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Democrat Elizabeth Warren squared off in their second debate Monday night at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. The 60-minute debate  hosted by NBC’s David Gregory wasn’t short on heated exchanges on many of the issues the candidates have been sparring over for months. Here are six takeaways from debate number 2: 

* “I am not a student in your classroom”: This quip from Brown will likely be the most talked about one-liner from the Monday debate.  After Warren listed the instances in which Brown voted against Democratic-backed bills, a back-and-forth ensued, as the senator tried to respond with a defense of his record. His line brought him some boos. For Brown, who is pitching himself as the likable candidate in this race, lines like this one could cut against the image he has carefully crafted.  

* Native American story kicks off debate (again): Just like in the first debate, Brown and Warren began with a back and forth over the Democrat’s claim to Native American heritage. Since the last debate, Brown has aired two ads on the matter, and Warren has responded with one of her own.

Polls show the issue isn’t hurting Warren on its own. Brown, perhaps recognizing the danger of overplaying his hand, made sure to mention the importance of jobs and the economy in the campaign before calling on Warren to release her personnel records to substantiate her claim that she has never benefited professionally from her heritage. 

* Brown mentions Scalia: When asked who his model Supreme Court justice is, Brown paused before naming Antonin Scalia, who hails from the conservative wing of the high court. As the audience reacted with gasps and some boos, he quickly named others, including Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Sonia Sotomayor (whom President Obama nominated). But the first name that came to Brown’s mind will likely be fodder for charges by Warren’s camp that Brown is too far to the right, especially given the state’s Democratic tilt. 


Republicans bet the House on staying on offense

Winning the House for Democrats still seems like a far fetched dream….picking up 25 seats… but the GOP majority could be a lot less next session… and the Republican spending so far indicates a belief in a replay of 2010… going on offense on Democratic Districts… instead of securing their own…

Republicans bet the House on staying on offense:

Republicans bet the House on staying on offense


If the GOP’s House majority is in jeopardy, somebody forgot to tell the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The NRCC, the committee charged with keeping Republicans in control of the House, is spending nearly as much on offensive opportunities as on defense so far this cycle. That’s despite Democrats’ predictions that they could take 25 seats from Republicans and regain the majority.

Rep. David Loebsack (D-Iowa) is one of several House Democrats targeted by a Republican party that’s playing offense in 2012. (David Greedy/Getty Images)

To this point, the NRCC has spent about 39 percent of its money pursuing Democratic-held districts and 47 percent defending Republican-held districts, according to a Fix review of reports from the committee’s independent expenditure arm, which spends nearly all of the money going to individual races.

Democrats, by comparison, are playing more than twice as much offense as defense, spending 62 percent of their funds in GOP-held districts and 28 percent defending their own districts.

It was clear from the beginning of this election cycle that the 2012 race would be fought largely on GOP terrain; Republicans took 63 seats from Democrats in 2010 and have their biggest majority in six decades, so most of the traditionally competitive districts are held by a Republican.

But Republicans have played a surprising amount of offense, and that could wind up looking like either a stroke of genius or a huge mistake.


Paul Ryan says explaining tax plan math would take too long

A few weeks back Ryan did the “I haven’t run the numbers” defense… in regards to his budget.. and how long into the future it balances the budget..

Now he’s moved on to the “I don’t have the time” rebuttal… on fox this sunday… which is how the trickle down crap started out.. as an excuse for a few folks to take more and more of the cake… only because they can… and pretend it’ll benefit everyone “after a while”…. 

It never happened of course…. 

Paul Ryan: Explaining the Math Behind Tax Plan Would Be Too Time-Consuming


Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running-mate Paul Ryan share a laugh as they are introduced at a campaign rally in Vandalia, Ohio

Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages

Paul Ryan was clearly in friendly territory when he sat down for an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace Sunday. But there was a point when Wallace clearly grew frustrated with the vice presidential candidate’s failure to explain the basic principles behind Mitt Romney’s tax plan, points out Mediaite. Romney and Ryan insist they can cut individual rates by 20 percent without adding to the deficit by cutting loopholes and deductions for the wealthiest Americans.

Wallace asked Ryan to “talk specifics” and posed what seemed to be a simple question: How much would it cost? Ryan seemed stumped. When Wallace insisted, saying “you haven’t given me the math,” the vice-presidential candidate laughed, “I don’t have the time. It would take me too long to go through all the math.” (Video after the jump.) The Washington Post’s Suzy Khimm points out that “the basic message from Ryan here is: Trust us—the math adds up.”

Ryan also said that that Romney’s plan would not do away with “preferences for the middle class, for things like charitable deductions, for home purchases, for health care.” The remarks were seen as significant because Republicans have largely avoided talking about specific deductions, points out the Financial Times


The Expectations Game.. before Wednesday

Here’s a roundup of todays soundbites on the cable shows… talking about the first debate… and raising the bar for Romney..

But will a good performance by Romney on Wednesday flip close to 10% of the voters in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia? It sounds very unlikely… and the undecideds are not that many left…

Great Expectations:

September 30, 2012

A new DNC videomakes sure the expectations are high for Mitt Romney as he heads into this week’s presidential debate.

Here’s the video:

(Via Pwire.)

GOP consultants commit voter fraud

Embarrassing news.. in the voter supression drive…

Republicans dump voter registration firm after fraud reports:

MIAMI (Reuters) – Election officials in Florida were scouring their records for fraudulent voter registration forms on Friday after the Republican Party said it had fired a company hired to gather new voters because of reports its employees may have submitted bogus forms.

The Palm Beach County elections office first reported finding 106 potentially fraudulent registration forms earlier this week that had been submitted by Strategic Allied Consulting (SAC), a Virginia firm hired by Florida’s Republican Party.

Since then scores more suspicious forms have been detected in at least five other Florida counties where election officials say SAC worked to register voters.

Federal Election Commission reports from the state Republican Party show it paid SAC more than $1.3 million this summer for voter registration services.

SAC was also hired to do voter registration work for the Republican Party in four other key swing states – Nevada, Virginia, Colorado, and North Carolina – for a total of $2.9 million, according to the Republican National Committee (RNC).

(Via Reuters: Top News)

The Plouffe Fingerprints.

Just a short reflection today – on the baffling campaign of Obama this year – seemingly doing everything right and disciplined so far. From framing the opponent during the summer season, to staying on message, to good planning and timing with ads and rebuttals, to keeping expectations low towards November – to getting out the vote and letting folks feel the fear of more Bushonomics and possibly pointless wars overseas.

And this has the feel of David Plouffe fingerprints all over it. He ran the brilliant campaign in 2008, and then went on leave for two years, which led to the disastrous midterms. Now he’s back, with a low profile, but probably doing most of the strategic work – which shows in the absence of gaffes and crises. Well done.