Skip to comments.George Will: Hofstra presidential debate ‘immeasurably the best’ in American history
Posted on 10/17/2012 3:57:18 PM PDT by Red Steel
During ABCs wrap-up of Tuesday nights presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Washington Post columnist George Will proclaimed that the debate was immeasurably the best in American history.
[I] think there was a winner in the sense that Barack Obama not only gained ground that he lost, but he cauterized some wounds that he inflicted on himself by seeming too diffident and disengaged, Will said. Both men tonight, I think, tip-toed right up to the point of rudeness, but stepped back. It was a very good fight. I have seen every presidential debate in American history since the floor of Nixon and Kennedy in 1960. This was immeasurably the best.
Like his Washington Post colleague Charles Krauthammer, Will gave the win to Obama.
I think the presidents tactical victory was on trying to get Mitt Romney to un-ring a bell, which is very hard to do, Will continued. First was on self-deportation and immigration. Mitt Romney probably gained some ground with Hispanics by stressing something by which theyre very unhappy the presidents failure to come up with immigration reform. But the self-deportation phrase that Mitt Romney used during the primary is hard to get out from under.
Will said he was particularly impressed with the presidents timing when he jabbed Romney for his 47 percent remarks.
The president held his fire on the 47 percent until he had the last word in the debate, Will said. That is, he used it in his summation in a way that Mitt Romney could not explain or respond to. So, I think as a tactical measure tonight, the president did very well, indeed.
Really? Sometimes George Will says things and he sounds like he knows what he’s talking about. Other times he says stuff you picture him as a very tiny little man trying to sound big and impressive. Sort of like the Wizard of Oz. This is one of those moments for George.
There are a lot of theoretically “conservative” pundits that have been living inside the beltway for way too long.
George Will is a “money” slut. I have despised him for decades.
What about this, George ?
It is SOOO obvious that the Crowley fact check was coordinated with Obama in advance.
At: :14 Romney starts he statement about how Obama did not call the attack terrorism.
At :29 Obama smugly tells Romney to proceed.
At :38 Obama tells Crowley Get the transcript!
At: :39 (possibly before the word transcript even completely leaves Obamas mouth) Crowley states he did infact
That is the reason we do not listen to quislings. Obama lost because he has a bad record and lied covering it. These dopes change no minds, Why? Because they are dopes.
You must be an old timer to remember George Will saying anything worth reading.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but, I haven’t heard the rest of the media report it as such...maybe because I haven’t been watching the tube today just listening to radio. I believe this is a figment of Will’s imagination!! I’m I right?
Correct me if I’m wrong, but, I haven’t heard the rest of the media report it as such...maybe because I haven’t been watching the tube today just listening to radio. I believe this is a figment of Will’s imagination!! Am I right?
George has much in common with Obama, they both think they are the smartest guys in the room. To them lies told gracefully win debate points. To the hoi polloi they just brand the man telling the lie a liar. BTW, Romney is a couple of sigmas smarter than both of them which is why Romney will be the next POTUS.
-— At :29 Obama smugly tells Romney to proceed. ——
That’s the tell.
He sucks at poker, too.
In politics, when you are explainin, you are losing. And they are really explainin today.
The more they talk about this the more it shows they are in dire straits. Lie their way in and get caught, and lie their way out and get caught.
Step away from the bong, George.
The last incident of anything worth quoting from ol’ George, it was not even about politics; it was about the beautiful things that can be made from trees.....from wood, i.e., furniture, pianos, baseball bats, etc.
And El Rushbo quoted him. But the fact that it WAS relative to TREES is an indicator that it was away back when Reagan was President and the tree huggers were riled up. They seemingly only get riled when we have a Republican POTUS.
So I see Will is bucking for being Crowley’s replacement next time.
Mr. Will is delusional.
Actually, the bong would probably help George.
I guess if you ignore the fat lady, Crowley's deliberate interference, and Obambi's constant lying, and the cleaning up of the questions for Obambozo, and the interruptions of Romney, and the big fatso smiling at Obambozo after it was over . . . then I guess George Will would get a tingle up his leg.
Will is actually right on this, in that be describes Obama as winning a tactical victory.
What he fails to do is talk about how it was a massive strategic defeat for Obama. His writing indicates that he’s too close to the subject matter and wrapped up in the sparring and isn’t seek g the bigger picture.
Obama had a Candyprompter for the debate.
Sounds like Will is head-over-heels impressed with Obama. Did he blather on about the crease in his pants too?
Not one point of fault with Obama`s performance? Not one?
So how does one win a debate when almost every point is made on lies? Fast & furious AND the Libyian debacle will be brought up again at the next debate.
Even Krauthammer is a little off. It’s not a game like adding up points for jabs and soft punches. It’s who landed the biggest punches. That would have been Romney. Romney landed a huge right cross about Obama’s disastrous economy. Obama had no answer.
George WIll. The NY Slimes house “conservative”. Or whatever they consider him
I consider him a vapid dooooooshbag
George Will...isn’t he as dead as Al Hunt???
Will wants Gergen’s gig.
Can you trust anything from someone who makes a statement like this? I realize he has been losing it over the years, but this is the icing on the cake.
Will should stick to writing about baseball. He sometimes writes a pretty good column on that subject.
I guess Will had this notion. Maybe he tried to check it by thinking of a debate that was better. He couldn't think of one and went with his hunch.
I think it's ridiculous and he's wrong. But let's follow up with the exercise: which was the best presidential debate ever?
Maybe the problem is that people only remember the great failures. A successful debate performance doesn't really attract attention.
George Will is the worst kind of Republican, that being the culturally accepted kind.
He feels that he must go out of his way to be deferential to Dems and bad mouth conservatives, so that he will continue to get the invites and be treated as the “reasonable Republican”.
Other people just call them sell outs.
George, I swear to Gawd your meds aren’t working anymore.
You need to throw in the towel. Seriously, you are embarrassing yourself and I pity seeing someone who still believes his words have relevance, without realizing time has passed him by.
George Will just cares about his job working for liberals and being invited to liberal parties.. and being treated as smart by liberal swags.. Which if they had any sense they wouldn’t even be liberals..
Will is not very smart.. or has many “values”..
He is the republican Eddie Haskell.. i.e. Wally’s friend..
The sneaky con man.. snake.. shill.. phoney..
George has become a gasbag.
From the same guy who shilled for John Roberts shameful
I mean George Will, of course, not the author of this article.
This guy should be in a straight jacket. He is not a conservative... not a real man and NOT heterosexual... no way.
George Will isn’t a conservative, and never has been. He’s not a hardcore lefty by any stretch, but he is left of center.
At times his prose is admirable, and he can turn a glib phrase. But he needs to stick with “waxing elegant” about baseball.