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Last night, Mitt Romney lost. Yes, you read that right (commenters are having a field day w/ this)
Telegraph - UK ^ | October 4, 2012 | Dan Hodges

Posted on 10/04/2012 11:37:49 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Barack Obama won last night’s debate. Or to be more precise, Mitt Romney lost it.

That’s obviously not the conventional view of the commentators or pollsters, who gave the GOP candidate a clear win. But that doesn’t matter. He still lost.

There are three reasons why Romney experienced a soft implosion of his already tenuous electoral chances. First, there was no “gotcha moment”. Before the debate every political analyst, be they from the Left or Right, agreed that Romney had to land a knockout blow, which he didn’t.

There was no major presidential gaffe. No glancing at watches, sighing or claiming there has never been any soviet domination of eastern Europe. Crucially, in the new media age, there was no YouTube moment. In fact, the one single moment I suspect most voters will remember from the debate was Barack Obama sending his wife Michelle greetings on their wedding anniversary.

The second problem for Romney was that while he failed to land a knockout blow, he kept piling into him. He was aggressive, too aggressive.

This is Romney’s greatest weakness as a candidate. He lacks compassion. He comes across as one of those big businessman in old Westerns who turns up at the farm and explains to the widow that he needs to buy her land to make way for his new railroad, and if she knows what’s good for her, she’ll take him up on his kind offer. CNN’s post election poll found that two thirds of those who watched thought Romney put in the most effective performance. But only 46 per cent said they found him more likeable than Obama. Not only did Romney not land the knockout blow, he failed to close the empathy gap.....

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: 2012debates; braindead; fallonmsmsword; msm; partyguy
Commenters at his blog are balled up with laughter, rolling in the aisle .
1 posted on 10/04/2012 11:37:50 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Desperation is a tender trap, it gets you every time.


2 posted on 10/04/2012 11:39:42 AM PDT by GnL
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Obama - the choice for European commies everywhere!


3 posted on 10/04/2012 11:45:30 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Are you sure you didn't copy this from The Guardian (a.k.a. Bethlem Royal Hospital For the Mentally Gaa-gaa's work therapy program)?
4 posted on 10/04/2012 11:45:38 AM PDT by KarlInOhio ("Government is the only thing that we all belong to"=implicit repeal of the 13th amendment for all.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The Telegraph blogs are becoming a big joke, guess I should pile onto this doofus


5 posted on 10/04/2012 11:46:24 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

LOL good one.

Oh wait this isn’t satire?

NOW IT’S EVEN FUNNIER! HAHAHAHAHA


6 posted on 10/04/2012 11:48:19 AM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

According to the CBS poll the empathy gap closed majorly...they are now almost even according to that poll.


7 posted on 10/04/2012 11:49:43 AM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

In other words, Romney was not as deferential as McCain. And look at how well McCain did.


8 posted on 10/04/2012 11:50:13 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Charlie Daniels - Payback Time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWwTJj_nosI)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Dream on Mr. Hodges! You need to have your head examined.


9 posted on 10/04/2012 11:51:00 AM PDT by Lux-In-Domino
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

my comment there:

All of the leftists seem to be in agreement that Barack Obama is an incoherent, rambling, empty suit and demand the media become even more of a cheerleader to put him over the top.

The real Obama was there on the stage last night, on his own for the first time in over 5 years. He has NOTHING. Without a teleprompter and a fauning press to tell us what he meant to say, he is a stuttering incoherent, self-contradicting fool.

That is the real Barack Obama. Not the pre-packaged one presented to us by the sycophantic press.


10 posted on 10/04/2012 11:52:48 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Last night, Mitt Romney lost.

The only people who disagree are the voters who watched.

11 posted on 10/04/2012 11:54:55 AM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

As intellectually dishonest as the American media currently appears, it is a font of truth and insight as compared with the European press, the latter of which has spent years creating a myriad of colorful alternative realities, while studiously ignoring the world outside the asylum windows.


12 posted on 10/04/2012 11:58:08 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum: "I think, therefore I am armed".)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
There was no major presidential gaffe. No glancing at watches, sighing .....

What planet is this guy from? Already the RNC has an ad out today based on Obama's serial smirks. Even Chris Matthews was fuming. Obama looked down all the time. He could not look at Romney.

The raised leg was featured on Drudge. Obama twitched and fidgeted looking like he wanted to be somewhere else. Everyone saw it. It was not subtle. Your pick of gaffes.

The left is absolutely delusional.

13 posted on 10/04/2012 11:58:59 AM PDT by Solar Wind
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Wait, does this writer, Dan Hodges, work for Apple? You know, the design flaw is really just a built-in feature!

Yeah, forget what your own lying eyes saw, I tell ya, Mitt lost.

Bwahahahaha.... I’ll take that kind of losing any day.


14 posted on 10/04/2012 12:01:23 PM PDT by Obadiah (The corrupt MSM is the enemy of the American people.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Didn’t we kick the Brits out of our country once already!?!


15 posted on 10/04/2012 12:03:49 PM PDT by Calpublican
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

When I came into the office this morning, some of the women were actually saying they felt sorry for Obama because of his performance. If anything they seemed MORE likely to vote for him out of sympathy.

Ah, the female mind.....


16 posted on 10/04/2012 12:04:49 PM PDT by rbg81
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The second problem for Romney was that while he failed to land a knockout blow, he kept piling into him. He was aggressive, too aggressive.

Oh barf. He's British so I'll give him a pass, but in America only weak-minded women and gay men worry about "aggressive" attitude in politicians. Give me MORE aggression from those who are supposed to be on "my" side ANYday! Boehner, McConnell, et. al., ya hearin' me????

17 posted on 10/04/2012 12:06:02 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: All

This guy is the resident liberal at the Telegraph. He’s biased and delusional.


18 posted on 10/04/2012 12:07:37 PM PDT by BushMeister ("We are a nation that has a government - not the other way around." --Ronald Reagan)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Dan Hodges.

Obviously, both highly intelligent and politically perceptive.

19 posted on 10/04/2012 12:08:36 PM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

what a wanker


20 posted on 10/04/2012 12:10:02 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (if the little things really annoy you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: Cincinatus

I read that he lost his eye at the age of 11 during a brawl with a “thug.”


21 posted on 10/04/2012 12:12:32 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What in heck is this idiot smoking?


22 posted on 10/04/2012 12:13:45 PM PDT by Bullish (The stink from this amateur regime smells all the way to Kenya.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
First, there was no “gotcha moment”.

I don't know about that. I think his facts and figures were pretty startling to many people. And when Romney said Obama reminded him of his sons when they were younger, when they would keep repeating the same thing over and over hoping their dad would believe it - I thought that was pretty good.

23 posted on 10/04/2012 12:15:09 PM PDT by MEGoody (You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: MEGoody

The numbers coming out after last night’s debate will help make any accusation of a Romney win on Nov 6 “theft” at the polls laughable (MSM polling seems to have been weighting Obama’s numbers).


24 posted on 10/04/2012 12:19:06 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Hey Dan, kindly butt out ya’ twit. You keep your basket-case of a country and we’ll start fixing ours.


25 posted on 10/04/2012 12:21:12 PM PDT by Bullish (The stink from this amateur regime smells all the way to Kenya.)
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To: GeronL

I saw your comment. You did good.


26 posted on 10/04/2012 12:21:49 PM PDT by Deb (If you wanna laugh everyday, follow Deepak Chopra on Twitter)
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To: MEGoody

Also the 90 billion in one year on green losers was a gothca and it showed written all over Obama’s face. The truth of it embarrassed the hell out of him.


27 posted on 10/04/2012 12:25:02 PM PDT by Bullish (The stink from this amateur regime smells all the way to Kenya.)
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To: rbg81
Ah, the female mind.....

Well, some females anyway. This female was loving watching Obama crash and burn.

28 posted on 10/04/2012 12:25:07 PM PDT by MEGoody (You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The U.K. Telegraph, one of the better Brit papers, had some fun with their guest blogger/writer. This is the paper's introduction to his piece:

Dan Hodges is a Blairite cuckoo in the Miliband nest. He has worked for the Labour Party, the GMB trade union and managed numerous independent political campaigns. He writes about Labour with tribal loyalty and without reservation.
29 posted on 10/04/2012 12:28:22 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I love to watch you talk talk talk, but I hate what I hear you say."--Del Shannon)
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To: Deb

I also had a little poem


30 posted on 10/04/2012 12:29:32 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Cincinatus

31 posted on 10/04/2012 12:32:41 PM PDT by dead (It ain't over until the phone lady sings.)
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To: rbg81

You have touched on something I believe has been working for zero from the beginning, pity. I think it was operating at a deep level, mostly in the subconscious minds of many people. Looking at his childhood and birth circumstances, there is much to pity. Because of this there could be some people actually more sympathetic to him after getting his ass kicked in a debate.

I told someone four years ago that pity and “compassion” are not good reasons to put someone in charge of the United States.


32 posted on 10/04/2012 12:51:39 PM PDT by CPO retired
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Well Dan is doubling down on his stupidity

There is not one moment that I could point to as evidence that either candidate actually “lost” the election.

I can, I have watched everyone of these since 1988.

The killer last night was Obama “You might want to move on to the next topic Jim.”

Every debate has moments that resonate in voters minds. That one is going to stick. Obama looking to the supposed ref to rescue him. The common thread in most voters comments to pollsters is “we want a leader who will show us how to get out of this mess”

Romney showed he is a leader last night while Obama showed he is not.

Last night Frank Luntz, the gold standard of focus group pollsters, had 24 undecided voters watch the debate with him. 13 of the 24 were Obama 2008 voters.

More the half said the debate persuaded them to vote for Romney. Luntz said he has never seen results like that before.

It really was that bad for 0.

33 posted on 10/04/2012 7:33:22 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Dan Hodges you are an absolute jackass!


34 posted on 10/04/2012 7:37:30 PM PDT by Batman11 (We came for the chicken sandwiches and a Sweet Tea Party broke out!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The guy is delusional.

Lehrer had to coach Obama on every significant point, and give him the words to repeat.

Obama makes an empty suit look effective.


35 posted on 10/04/2012 7:38:14 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: dead

Excellent!


36 posted on 10/04/2012 7:39:56 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: andy58-in-nh

>> “while studiously ignoring the world outside the asylum windows” <<

.
Their asylum has no windows; it is across the Atlantic Ocean from any reality.


37 posted on 10/04/2012 7:42:53 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I think Obama blew this debate intentionally. The debate was about the economy. The news is now all about how badly Obama handled one debate on one night, not how he's handled the economy for the last 4 years.

If he does well on the next debate, people will forget about last night, and they were successfully distracted from ever thinking about what he's done for the last 4 years.

38 posted on 10/04/2012 7:44:25 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Last night, Mitt Romney lost. Yes, you read that right

British writers are sometimes very naive when writing about political events that happen in America. This is one of those times.

39 posted on 10/04/2012 8:06:54 PM PDT by sargon
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Panic time.

Denial not a river in Egypt.


40 posted on 10/05/2012 8:41:34 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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