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The great gaffe
Jewish World Review ^ | 10/19/2012 | Charles Krauthammer

Posted on 10/19/2012 7:14:05 AM PDT by Former Fetus

Fight night at Hofstra. The two boxers, confined within a ring of spectators — circling, feinting, taunting, staring each other down — come several times, by my reckoning, no more than one provocation away from actual fisticuffs, of the kind that on occasion so delightfully break out in the Taiwanese parliament. Think of it: the Secret Service storming the ring, pinning Mitt Romney to the canvas as Candy Crowley administers the 10 count.

>>SNIP<<

The rub for Obama comes, ironically enough, out of Romney’s biggest flub in the debate, the Libya question. That flub kept Romney from winning the evening outright. But Obama’s answer has left him a hostage to fortune. Missed by Romney, missed by the audience, missed by most of the commentariat, it was the biggest gaffe of the entire debate cycle: Substituting unctuousness for argument, Obama declared himself offended by the suggestion that anyone in his administration, including the U.N. ambassador, would “mislead” the country on Libya.

>>SNIP<<

It was a huge gaffe. It is indelibly on the record. It will prove a very expensive expedient.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012debates; debate; gaffe; krauthammer; obama

1 posted on 10/19/2012 7:14:09 AM PDT by Former Fetus
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To: Former Fetus
Krauthammer has anti-embiggened himself with this editorial.

To use less oddball words, Krauthammer has diminished himself.

2 posted on 10/19/2012 7:24:12 AM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: Former Fetus
to distract from the truth.

And it wasn’t just his minions who misled the nation. A week after the attack, the president himself, asked by David Letterman about the ambassador’s murder, said it started with a video. False again.

Romney will be ready Monday.

Doesn't matter. Both men will face one more liberal moderator. The commission has chosen an old guy with a good reputation - but his questions will be written in dem war room by men like Carville. The darkness will deepen...

3 posted on 10/19/2012 7:26:44 AM PDT by GOPJ
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To: Lazamataz

Any reasons? Or you just don’t like Krauthammer?


4 posted on 10/19/2012 7:28:40 AM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: Lazamataz

Yeah, that Krouthammer guy is the antithesis of cromulence.


5 posted on 10/19/2012 7:33:52 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm
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To: Former Fetus

Reason: To call this a gaffe is to buy into the Inside The Beltway conventional Liberal wisdom. This was not a gaffe by Mitt Romney in ANY way to normal people in America.

Further, to mention this entire scenario and not to harp on Candy Boo Boo Child’s bias, prevarication, and possible planning, is to do great disservice to Mitt Romney.

Krauthammer diminishes himself by publishing such tripe.


6 posted on 10/19/2012 7:34:57 AM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: Former Fetus
To those who don't like Krauthammer's style, I would recommend reading the 4th paragraph of A Few Questions I'd like To See President Obama Answer . Better, read the whole article!
7 posted on 10/19/2012 7:36:59 AM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: GOPJ
Both men will face one more liberal moderator. The commission has chosen an old guy with a good reputation - but his questions will be written in dem war room by men like Carville. The darkness will deepen...

This shouldn't matter. Mitt should say what needs to be said no matter what the questions. A good debater can do that. If the questions are too blatently stupid, Mitt should hit hard on that as well, as he showed he can do quite effectively at the Al Smith event last night.

8 posted on 10/19/2012 7:37:31 AM PDT by Reddon
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To: Former Fetus

I have zero issue with his style. It is the substance that concerns me, on this particular article.


9 posted on 10/19/2012 7:38:22 AM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: Lazamataz
To use less oddball words, Krauthammer has diminished himself.

Because...?

Regards,

10 posted on 10/19/2012 7:38:53 AM PDT by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: Lazamataz; Former Fetus

Krauthammer is what we call an “intelligent fool”. I read that after the debate he commented that Obama narrowly won “on points”.

The problem is there is no one of public stature, either in the “conservative” media or among our so-called “Republican leadership” who will stand up and call out people who utter such inanities by demanding “what do you mean, won on points? What about who won on the facts, who won on the truth? What the hell do “points” matter when we’re evaluating who is best qualified to lead the country through the difficult times ahead?”

Of course, I’ve known since the mid-1990’s that Krauthammer is merely a statist tool for the elites, but it still burns me to see him trotted out as some sort of expert or authority.


11 posted on 10/19/2012 7:40:00 AM PDT by tarheelswamprat
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To: Former Fetus
Charles is beating around with insufferable vague politeness. The arrogant liar is a heartless narcissistic sociopath...and then there is Romney the two-bit used car salesman from globally, orderly and very profitably destroyed Detroit.

Come on Charles, grow a spine. You know what these guys are....get out of the dirty game, it does not become you.

12 posted on 10/19/2012 7:41:48 AM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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To: alexander_busek
I shall not repeat myself. Click this instead. :)
13 posted on 10/19/2012 7:42:12 AM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: Lazamataz

OK, you made a good point. I think it’s sad that Gov. ROmney did not take advantage of this opportunity, but I agree Crowley made it extremely difficult. OK, maybe it was not a (Romney’s) gaffe as much as a missed opportunity.


14 posted on 10/19/2012 7:43:39 AM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: Former Fetus
Thank you, sir, for maintaining an open mind.

To your response, I would assert that it wasn't even a missed opportunity. I would assert that it was, instead, a reasonably-skilled and deft mitigation of a premeditated, collusionary trap by Messrs. Obama and Crowley.

15 posted on 10/19/2012 7:49:16 AM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: GOPJ

Romney’s response to biased questions should simply be to answer the questions he wanted asked rather than those which are asked. IOW short ambiguous answers to loaded questions such as “I don’t agree with the very premise of your question Mr Schieffer but that aside I think the American people are not INTERESTED in this sort of “gotcha” political questioning and would much rather hear a debate on how each candidate bring this Nation back to prosperity and full employment. Now my plans include....etc.”.


16 posted on 10/19/2012 7:51:14 AM PDT by Lacey2
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To: Former Fetus

Stupid and damaging headline against Romney. There are no mentions of a GAFFE by Romney, only a “flubbed” opportunity. And that flub was because the fat moderator decided to enter the ring and shield her man when she sensed Romney was about to deliver the death blow. Guys like the Kraut pizz me off because they go out of their way to be OVER-fair and never take advantage of golden opportunities.


17 posted on 10/19/2012 8:05:20 AM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (We won't stand for biased umps fixing a ball game but we allow a biased media to fix elections.)
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To: Former Fetus

18 posted on 10/19/2012 8:10:09 AM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: Former Fetus

Romney needs to put Schieffer on notice: I want to state upfront that I will expect strict adherence to the rules agreed to by the campaigns, including time, interruptions, and followup. The moderator should understand he is not a party to the debate.


19 posted on 10/19/2012 8:13:43 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: Lazamataz
Krauthammer has anti-embiggened himself with this editorial. To use less oddball words, Krauthammer has diminished himself.

The problem with Charles' take was that the spin-meisters already have an answer for Obmama on the seeming contradiction between calling it an act of terror and blaming a video.

I heard Bob Beckel say it yesterday: "The video was why the terrorists were mad."

How in the world they know that is beyond me, but it surely won't be disproved in the next few weeks.

We know, of course, that Al Qaeda hated us long before that video, but we aren't the sheeple-voters to whom Obama appeals.

20 posted on 10/19/2012 8:14:04 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Former Fetus

It was a setup, Charles.


21 posted on 10/19/2012 8:15:12 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: Lazamataz
Krauthammer has anti-embiggened himself with this editorial.

To use less oddball words, Krauthammer has diminished himself.

You can use "embiggens." It's a perfectly cromulent word.

22 posted on 10/19/2012 8:18:26 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Former Fetus
"Who the hell is Ben Gazzi?"


23 posted on 10/19/2012 8:18:56 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Former Fetus

I don’t dislike krauthammer personally... I dislike him parading as if he were an actual Conservative... which he is not.

LLS


24 posted on 10/19/2012 8:25:32 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (OUR GOVERNMENT AND PRESS ARE NO LONGER TRUSTWORTHY OR DESERVING OF RESPECT!)
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To: Lacey2
I'm tired of our people participating in rigged debates.

I'm sick of our people having to pretend elite liberals are 'objective journalists'. They aren't. Rush Limbaugh's a journalist as much as Candy is... let him "pick the questions' and interrupt Obama 28 times... and defend Romney with prearranged documents. I'm sure the democrats would sit quietly by and not complain... /s

Journalism - as an honored profession - is dead.

25 posted on 10/19/2012 9:01:13 AM PDT by GOPJ
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To: Lazamataz

“Reason: To call this a gaffe is to buy into the Inside The Beltway conventional Liberal wisdom. This was not a gaffe by Mitt Romney in ANY way to normal people in America.”

The gaffe was by Obama, was K’s point, not Romney. He wrote the Romney missed the chance to nail Obama on this point, which is true, but that he’ll have another chance on Monday, also true.

I think this will be an interesting thing to watch, if Romney is able to take advantage of the Obama Administration’s handling of Libya. So far, this has been a missed opportunity. Hopefully Romney will make the most of this on Monday.


26 posted on 10/19/2012 10:11:16 AM PDT by TomEwall
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