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Dems Scramble to Explain Obama Debate Defeat
Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 Oct 2012 | John Semmens

Posted on 10/05/2012 11:25:23 PM PDT by John Semmens

Going into this week's first presidential debate Democrats were confident that the most brilliant man to ever hold the office would easily trounce his challenger. However, 67% of voters who saw the debate judged Romney to have won. Only 25% saw Obama as the winner.

Obama campaign strategist, David Axelrod blamed debate moderator Jim Lehrer for allowing Romney “too much leeway. Time after time the President was left to fend for himself against repeated attacks on his policies. Lehrer failed to come to the President's aid despite numerous opportunities to do so.”

Axelrod expressed the hope that “our other friends in the media will put forth a greater effort outside the context of the stilted debate format to do the job we expect them to do. Our message that Governor Romney is a greedy, lying, cheating bastard that has been working so well in our ads needs the supporting confirmation of these widely respected arbiters of truth.”

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Chair Democratic National Committee, concurred with Axelrod's take, saying that “review of the debate transcript clearly shows an inappropriate handling of the event by the moderator. First, the actual amount of time each was allowed to speak was unacceptably allocated. Romney got almost as much time as the President did even though the President is a much more important figure in our government than a former one-term governor of a single state.”

“Second, Romney was allowed to repeatedly contradict the President,” she observed. “This disrespect went unchallenged by the moderator. Even worse, Lehrer's interruption of the President's closing statement on the pretext that he exceeded the allotted time limit was a shamefully arrogant affront to our nation's ruler.”

Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for Obama complained that “the whole debate thing unfairly exploits the President's weaknesses. The President has said numerous times that prepping for these kinds of events is boring. Having to bone up of the issues and confront a disagreeable adversary is just not his thing.”

Cutter maintained that debates aren't a good measure of a person's abilities to perform in office. “Look, a president doesn't need to be able to think on his feet. He can hire advisers to handle the technical details and speechwriters to craft the words he uses to communicate with the American people,” she pointed out. “An inability to rebut an argument against his policies in a public forum is not a crucial skill.”

MSNBC's Chris Matthews faulted Lehrer for “not being aggressive enough. There were opportunities for him to intervene on behalf of the President that he missed.” Matthews speculated that “Lehrer may have put too much emphasis on maintaining the appearance of neutrality,” and wondered whether “a man of his advanced age should be entrusted with such a weighty task in the future when abler men like myself are available.”

if you missed any of this week's other semi-news posts you can find them at...

http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Opinion/120160-2012-10-05-semi-news-a-satire-of-recent-news-october-7-2012.htm


TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: 2012debates; debate; napl; obama; romney; satire

1 posted on 10/05/2012 11:25:28 PM PDT by John Semmens
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To: #1CTYankee; 12Gauge687; 14erClimb; 21twelve; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 2ndDivisionVet; 3D-JOY; 43north; ...

ping


2 posted on 10/05/2012 11:28:48 PM PDT by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens

That was awesome!


3 posted on 10/05/2012 11:29:48 PM PDT by winner3000
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To: John Semmens

Geez. Life is not fair! Boo efin Hoo.


4 posted on 10/05/2012 11:32:30 PM PDT by dancusa (Re-electing Obama is like the Titanic backing up and ramming the iceburg again.)
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To: John Semmens

5 posted on 10/05/2012 11:35:42 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: John Semmens

Bump


6 posted on 10/05/2012 11:36:21 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (The pundits have forgotten the 2010 elections.)
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To: John Semmens
It's only satire when it deviates from reality by 1 degree kelvin.

What you wrote is way, way too close to reality for good satire.

Earlier today, it might have been. That's the sad part. ;)

/johnny

7 posted on 10/05/2012 11:37:54 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: John Semmens

bump. They basically are saying those things, which means they KNOW that Obama is a dunce


8 posted on 10/05/2012 11:38:20 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: John Semmens
Obama put his hand up to shush Lerhrer when he tried to maintain the timeframe of the debate and the leftists are blaming the moderator? Obama was way out of line.

BJ's toadies are distorting reality. They are seeing cheating hankies but they can't see that their vaunted leader is a dissembler paving for them a path to hell.

9 posted on 10/05/2012 11:40:26 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: John Semmens

I think Romney got inside Barry’s head when Romney didn’t faint during the handshake at the beginning of the debate. JMO.


10 posted on 10/05/2012 11:41:14 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Sorry Algore. It was attitude, NOT altitude.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
OODA loop. Live it. Love it.

/johnny

11 posted on 10/05/2012 11:46:35 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: John Semmens

That is very close to the truth of the matter.


12 posted on 10/05/2012 11:47:14 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: John Semmens
David Axelrod blamed debate moderator Jim Lehrer for allowing Romney “too much leeway. Time after time the President was left to fend for himself against repeated attacks on his policies. Lehrer failed to come to the President's aid despite numerous opportunities to do so.”

If Obama can't defend himself in a debate, how can we trust him to defend our country?

13 posted on 10/05/2012 11:53:28 PM PDT by monocle
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To: John Semmens

“Look a president doesn’t need to think on his feet.”

He sure doesn’t. He’s got a blackberry. What is wrong with all of you backwoods people?? ;)


14 posted on 10/05/2012 11:55:28 PM PDT by berdie
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To: JRandomFreeper

Johnny, ya nailed it...


15 posted on 10/05/2012 11:55:31 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: piytar
I'm just a cook that sometimes listened to fighter pilots. ;)

/johnn

16 posted on 10/05/2012 11:57:18 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: John Semmens

Contrast Obama’s appearance/performance during the debate with his campaign appearances today. I said this on another thread, but he really did not come across as healthy to me during several moments of the debate. Rambling answers, forgot his soundbites/talking points, and appeared like he was very tired.

He has lost so much weight his suits look like crap. Like others here, I have noticed that his physical appearance and demeanor seem to be different everyday. If my kids were on the same roller coaster as the President I would be worried they were using something.

I know the office takes a toll and Obama was not prepared, but seriously wondering what the heck is going on with the guy. Something is not right and if the GOP candidate appeared like that the speculation would be rampant.


17 posted on 10/06/2012 12:05:01 AM PDT by volunbeer (We must embrace austerity or austerity will embrace us)
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To: John Semmens

Maybe it’s because he sucks.


18 posted on 10/06/2012 12:31:15 AM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: FlingWingFlyer
It was strategic on Obama's part to have the debate on his anniversary, he was trying to put Romney on the defensive, and make Romney feel guilty and not able to challenge Obama on his big day. I notice that Obama uses Michelle as cover, like people aren't supposed to criticize him cause he is married to an angry black woman. I noticed that Romney turned the tables on Obama and turned it into a joke instead. I think that got into Obama's head too. Cause it had the exact opposite effect of how Obama intended it to be.
19 posted on 10/06/2012 2:03:04 AM PDT by rodeo-mamma
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To: John Semmens

Just be careful John; You are so far into their heads, be sure to have an escape route;)

You wrote what they actually believe and have probably said behind closed doors.

Keep it up and stay sane;)


20 posted on 10/06/2012 3:52:18 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Life is prickly - carry tweezers.)
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To: John Semmens
The amount of viewers for their next debate should break records.

The first was like a car wreck.

The rubberneckers will be back doing drive-bys, but this time with friends and neighbors. They'll want to see if obama crashed the car intentionally first time around.
Me too :)

Thanks for the ping.
21 posted on 10/06/2012 4:22:56 AM PDT by novemberslady
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To: John Semmens

Cutter maintained that debates aren’t a good measure of a person’s abilities to perform in office. “Look, a president doesn’t need to be able to think on his feet. He can hire advisers to handle the technical details and speechwriters to craft the words he uses to communicate with the American people,” she pointed out. “An inability to rebut an argument against his policies in a public forum is not a crucial skill.

And yet if Romney would have floundered the left would have argued the complete opposite.


22 posted on 10/06/2012 5:01:03 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: John Semmens
John - this line made it for me - I had to double-check that you wrote a 'satire": “Second, Romney was allowed to repeatedly contradict the President,” she observed. “This disrespect went unchallenged by the moderator. Even worse, Lehrer's interruption of the President's closing statement on the pretext that he exceeded the allotted time limit was a shamefully arrogant affront to our nation's ruler.”
23 posted on 10/06/2012 5:08:22 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: rodeo-mamma

It’s really funny that Barry mentioned it was their anniversary - since it’s not till the 18th of October


24 posted on 10/06/2012 5:32:50 AM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: rodeo-mamma
I notice that Obama uses Michelle as cover...

Literally.


25 posted on 10/06/2012 6:02:42 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: novemberslady

That was a good analogy. I can’t wait either ;-)


26 posted on 10/06/2012 6:31:30 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: John Semmens
David Axelrod blamed debate moderator Jim Lehrer for allowing Romney “too much leeway.

They probably are really thinking that way.

Great post!

27 posted on 10/06/2012 7:19:52 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (Obama A man without an American mission.)
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To: John Semmens


28 posted on 10/06/2012 8:14:00 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: John Semmens

It’s because debates are “racist.”/sarc


29 posted on 10/06/2012 9:13:36 AM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: John Semmens; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
Just because it's satire, that doesn't mean it's not true.


30 posted on 10/06/2012 10:16:31 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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*snickering*
welll...so much for satire.
*GRINNING BROADLY*
the mask is off / good stuff! :-D

31 posted on 10/06/2012 10:24:14 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
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To: FlingWingFlyer; John Semmens; All
I think Romney got inside Barry’s head when Romney didn’t
faint during the handshake at the beginning of the debate.
you may have something there; OBozo isn't used to real..
questions (or giving real answers) throughout his life;
...*Establishment Party* Juan McPain was far too easy a foe
(read cupcake / he was expected to fall like a house of cards :)
the Romney / Ryan problem, IS staying hungry / active...
don't wither away / accept no substitute for victory..OBozo isn't.

32 posted on 10/06/2012 10:48:26 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
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To: John Semmens

What about the altitude. That must have been it. Hee Hee.

cheers


33 posted on 10/06/2012 11:45:13 AM PDT by TheConservativeParty (Psalm 37:3 "Trust in The Lord.")
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To: DuncanWaring

Another photo that captures Obama’s essence.


34 posted on 10/06/2012 12:03:11 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: John Semmens

All Jim Lehrer’s fault!

Thanks again, John, for the ping.


35 posted on 10/06/2012 12:41:13 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: John Semmens

I believe President elect Romney will do two full terms as POTUS.

Obama will run off to Kenya do do “humanitarian work”.

The wookie will mostly take off for Hawaii by herself. Yes they will separate, Obama won’t need his cover wife anymore.


36 posted on 10/06/2012 12:44:55 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (OPSEC)
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To: I Drive Too Fast

Can’t get much more vulgar than that statement unless it is extended to the ‘Chicago Boys Club’.


37 posted on 10/06/2012 12:51:38 PM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: sickoflibs; RochesterNYconservative; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; NFHale; AuntB
Warning: satire!

Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for Obama complained that “the whole debate thing unfairly exploits the President's weaknesses. The President has said numerous times that prepping for these kinds of events is boring. Having to bone up of the issues and confront a disagreeable adversary is just not his thing.”

Cutter maintained that debates aren't a good measure of a person's abilities to perform in office. “Look, a president doesn't need to be able to think on his feet. He can hire advisers to handle the technical details and speechwriters to craft the words he uses to communicate with the American people,” she pointed out. “An inability to rebut an argument against his policies in a public forum is not a crucial skill.”

38 posted on 10/06/2012 1:55:13 PM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Fool me once, shame on you -- twice, shame on me -- 100 times, it's U. S. immigration policy.)
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RE :”Warning: satire! Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for Obama complained that ......“

I think I can do satire too. It would sound more like:
Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for Obama was asked today at a press conference about the president's poor performance debating Romney last night. She responded that the president was not prepared to respond to such bald faced lies. Continuing she said that the president was in shock over Romney's brazenness and could not think of an appropriate way to respond that would maintain the dignity of the office he holds.
She finished by saying that the moderator was sleeping on the job and he refused to interrupt candidate Romney and question him when his lies were beyond decency, and so the president has decided to let Smokin Joe Biden take his place in the remaining debates.”

39 posted on 10/06/2012 7:10:48 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: John Semmens
“Second, Romney was allowed to repeatedly contradict the President,” she observed. “This disrespect went unchallenged by the moderator. Even worse, Lehrer's interruption of the President's closing statement on the pretext that he exceeded the allotted time limit was a shamefully arrogant affront to our nation's ruler.

Lese majesty.

40 posted on 10/06/2012 7:30:53 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: John Semmens
Panetta argued that “losing the chance to vote is a sacrifice that I think most of our forces find more tolerable than losing an arm or leg to an IED. Realistically, the chance that anyone's vote will be decisive is infinitesimal. So, I don't think we should get bent out of shape over our inability to muster the resources needed to put a ballot in the hand of every deployed trooper.”

John, thanks for illustrating through (semi, but not very "semi") satire just what a reptile is our alleged SECDEF.

Laughing and mad at the same time, you have again succeeded.

.

41 posted on 10/06/2012 7:46:09 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: John Semmens

Somehow I ended up on a left wing mailing list of Move On. This is an email re how the left wing progressives feel about the debate:

Dear MoveOn member,

That was infuriating.

During last night’s presidential debate, Mitt Romney smirked his way through dozens of mischaracterizations, distortions, and outright lies. The moderator, Jim Lehrer, never cut him off. And now the mainstream media is saying that Mitt won the debate.

We can’t let Romney “win” the debate on a boatload of lies.

He lied about his tax plan, his deficit plan, and Medicare. He lied about what “Obamacare” would do. He lied, baldly and convincingly, about Obama’s entire presidency.1

We need to move quickly to set the record straight. Our online team worked overnight preparing a media blitz—including online ads targeted at swing-state voters—correcting the worst lies in an easy-to-share format.

Chip in $5 to get the truth out—countering Mitt’s lies.

If we don’t fight back now with the truth, some of those lies will stick, and Romney could pull ahead.

Already, Romney and his Super PAC friends have spent millions on blatantly false ads attacking President Obama for gutting work requirements for welfare and cutting $700 million from Medicare.

Last night was more of the same.

And research shows that when lies get repeated enough times people will believe them—no matter how outlandish they might seem. The only way to keep Romney honest is to make sure the facts get corrected on the spot.

We’re now in the moment when millions of undecided voters who don’t usually pay attention to politics start to focus.

This is it. This is what MoveOn’s massive online network is for. Let’s use it.

Please chip in $5.

Thanks for all you do.

–Angie, Mark, Lenore, Tate, and the rest of the team

1. “Presidential Debate Fact-Check and Updates,” The New York Times, October 3, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=281980&id=53824-21930683-_smjiTx&t=4

Want to support our work? MoveOn Civic Action is entirely funded by our 7 million members—no corporate contributions, no big checks from


42 posted on 10/07/2012 7:40:51 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (We are the 53%, who pay taxes and keep this country going inspite of the 47% rat moochers!)
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To: John Semmens

I wish this was a parody. Unfortunately, it is simply an accurate account of what the Obama campaign and the lamestream media says and does.


43 posted on 10/07/2012 5:19:19 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: Grampa Dave

” We can’t let Romney “win” the debate on a boatload of lies.”

And then Move-On tells the gospel truth....

“” Want to support our work? MoveOn Civic Action is entirely funded by our 7 million members—no corporate contributions, no big checks from..””

LOL!!


44 posted on 10/08/2012 10:53:57 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: John Semmens

One of your best, John, particularly the Chris Matthews item at the end. LOL.


45 posted on 10/08/2012 3:32:07 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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