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Mitt Romney and the empty PODIUM: New Yorker magazine cover pokes fun at Obama's disaster debate...
Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 5 October 2012 | TOBY HARNDEN

Posted on 10/07/2012 2:46:16 PM PDT by neverdem

Mitt Romney and the empty PODIUM: New Yorker magazine cover pokes fun at Obama's disaster debate (with apologies to Clint Eastwood)

We had Clint Eastwood debating an empty chair that represented Barack Obama at the Republican convention. Now, the 'New Yorker' magazine is depicting the President as a debate podium with an empty chair behind it.

Next week's cover carries an illustration entitled 'One on One' by Barry Blitt , who explains: 'This image seemed like a proper response to the first Presidential debate but I’m not sure I realised how hard it is to caricature furniture.'


No one's there: New Yorker magazine's forthcoming cover will poke fun at Obama's weak performance at the first presidential debate

Blitt shows a confident looking Mitt Romney on the right wagging his finger, a diminutive Jim Lehrer, the moderator, looking downwards in the centre, and on the right - no-one, just an empty chair.

The cover echoes the widespread criticism that Obama was effectively AWOL during the debate, declining to engage with Romney or rebut any of his points. Afterwards, liberal MSNBC host Chris Matthews wailed on air: 'Where was Obama tonight?'

For the liberal 'New Yorker' to carry such a cover is all the more remarkable because David Remnick, the magazine's editor, is an admirer of Obama who wrote a positive and well-received book on the President entitled 'The Bridge'.

The cover - and Obama's debate performance - could be seen as a degree of vindication for the Romney advisers who gave Eastwood a prime-time slot on the final night of the Republican convention in Tampa and allowed him to ad-lib his speech.

At the time, senior Republicans were livid with some calling for top Romney aides to be fired. But although Eastwood's improv show was panned by...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: newyorker; obama; romney
From the UK about the New Yorker's front page, how sweet it is!
1 posted on 10/07/2012 2:46:22 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Clint laughs last.


2 posted on 10/07/2012 3:10:42 PM PDT by JPG (Make it happen)
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To: neverdem

The media is trying to paint the debate disaster as Obama just sucking without giving Mitt any credit. They don’t want to admit that one of the reasons Obama sucked was because Romney KICKED HIS A$$.


3 posted on 10/07/2012 3:20:54 PM PDT by Dr. Thorne (Democrats - The Treasonous Pervert Party)
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To: neverdem
What was the line when Nixon was falling? Parody: If he lost the New Yorker, he's toast.
4 posted on 10/07/2012 3:41:58 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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To: neverdem
I'm starting to smell a really serious sandbagging job. There's been just too much MSM attention on Zero's lousy performance. My bet is the setup is for the Town Hall debate, with the entire crowd loaded with Slave Party operatives asking 'thoughtful questions about Romney's claims that are on the minds of every American,' or some such.
5 posted on 10/07/2012 3:43:23 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (GunWalker: Arming "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as well funded")
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To: Carry_Okie

I am sure the Romney team has considered this and sure they are ready for everything and anything.


6 posted on 10/07/2012 3:47:22 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: Toespi
I am sure the Romney team has considered this and sure they are ready for everything and anything.

There are some things for which you can prepare all you want and there will still be damage. Remember: Obama can lie at will and for the most part will get away with it. My guess is not only will the questions be prepared, they'll be in a scripted order. Zero will have the whole thing teed up as if on the teleprompter. The key is to disrupt the game early to force him to drop his game plan, else the show will be too transparent. We'll see how Romney does.

7 posted on 10/07/2012 3:52:39 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (GunWalker: Arming "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as well funded")
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To: neverdem

The empty chair (as opposed to a mere empty podium) is a direct reference to Clint Eastwood’s speech at the RNC, which was roundly criticized by the left (and even some on the right). How times have changed! The pressure on Obama and his diehards is immense. The bogus jobs report has not has the intended effect. It is nothing more than another phony poll. Romney/Ryan signs are cropping up everywhere. Obama is no longer “cool” to all but a few misguided fools. The People can’t wait for the next debate. Obama is feeling pressure that he never felt before. Mitt should have a field day during the foreign policy debate. (Note to Romney campaign: Killing Bin Laden is NOT a foreign policy. It is a strategic objective that was in place since 2001).


8 posted on 10/07/2012 3:54:34 PM PDT by Atticus
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To: neverdem

The cover picture seems to be the New Yorker editor’s way of saying, I do not like Barack Obama anymore; I fervently hope he does not win re-election; and, if my liberal friends want to call me a racist, or my liberal bosses want to fire me over this, go ahead, make my day.


9 posted on 10/07/2012 4:07:57 PM PDT by Bluestocking
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To: JPG

If I could get Clint to sign the cover
That would be priceless.


10 posted on 10/07/2012 4:47:02 PM PDT by Morris70
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Damnable was yanked from the editorial sidebar. I guess that title was too tough for a family forum. The next link was RealClearPolitics' title for the same trenchant essay. Could somebody try to post the last link in the editorial sidebar for the rest of the forum?

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11 posted on 10/07/2012 4:48:09 PM PDT by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: Bluestocking

it is not possible for being critical of a man who isn’t there to be racist


12 posted on 10/07/2012 5:43:55 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: hoosiermama
What was the line when Nixon was falling? Parody: If he lost the New Yorker, he's toast.

That was LBJ, talking about Walter Cronkite.

13 posted on 10/07/2012 6:06:55 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Carry_Okie

IIRC, both campaigns are given an equal number of tickets. Not sure that holds true for questions and/or questioners.


14 posted on 10/07/2012 6:15:18 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Windflier

No wonder I couldn’t find it. Thanks. Been googling the wrong folks.


15 posted on 10/07/2012 6:17:53 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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To: hoosiermama

Yep. When Cronkite came out against the Vietnam war, that was the tipping point for LBJ. There wasn’t much point in running, if Cronkite wasn’t with him.

I think we may be seeing a similar tipping point for Obama, as regards some members of the MSM. He doesn’t have a hope of being re-elected without their wind in his sails.

Actually, it probably won’t matter anyway. They’re not as influential as they were in Cronkite’s day, and the country is sick to death of Obie. I don’t know if anyone could convince the people to give Obama a second chance.


16 posted on 10/07/2012 6:29:02 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Bluestocking
The cover picture seems to be the New Yorker editor’s way of saying, I do not like Barack Obama anymore; I fervently hope he does not win re-election; and, if my liberal friends want to call me a racist, or my liberal bosses want to fire me over this, go ahead, make my day.

IMHO, it's a real up your's from his biographer!

17 posted on 10/07/2012 6:42:21 PM PDT by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: neverdem
I can't believe this allowed in liberal, leftist New York publication.

There are certain rules to follow.

Although they did this excellent piece on Rick Rescorla:

http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2002/02/11/020211fa_fact_stewart

18 posted on 10/07/2012 6:50:45 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: neverdem
I was one of those that questioned Clint Eastwood's debate appearance but I'm beginning to come around on that.

Much hand-wringing is being done over the upcoming "town forum" debate but I think Romney will do just fine.

19 posted on 10/07/2012 6:52:53 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Thanks for the link.


20 posted on 10/07/2012 7:18:03 PM PDT by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: SamAdams76

I think Romney will do far more than fine. I also think that Obama will come across as the arrogant a$$ that he is.


21 posted on 10/07/2012 7:23:12 PM PDT by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Ryan and the other guy.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: neverdem

It is indeed and thanks for posting this!!


22 posted on 10/07/2012 11:14:55 PM PDT by MarMema (eh.)
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