Skip to comments.Romney has already won Debate 3, and Obama knows it
Posted on 10/19/2012 9:47:12 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
In the game of poker its called a tell. A player raises his left eyebrow or licks his lower lip or makes some other unintentional but revealing gesture every time he draws a third jack or, alternatively, bluffs. A skilled opponent uses this to his advantage.
In Monday nights third and final presidential debate, we will see whether Mitt Romney is skilled enough to read Barack Obamas tell on Benghazi. He already used it, tipping his hand in Debate 2, but Romney either missed it or failed to call the president out on it.
See if you can pick it up. Here is the official White House transcript of the president speaking at a campaign rally in San Francisco on Oct. 9:
Now, four years ago, I made a few commitments to you. I told you Id end the war in Iraq, and I did. I said Id end the war in Afghanistan, and we are. I said wed refocus on the people who actually attacked us on 9/11and today, al Qaeda is on its heels and Osama bin Laden is no more.
Here he is two days later in Miami. Again, the source is the White House website:
Four years ago, I told you we’d end the war in Iraqand we did. I said that we’d end the war in Afghanistanand we are. I said that we’d refocus on the people who actually attacked us on 9/11and today, al Qaeda is on its heels and Osama bin Laden is dead.
Now compare both excerpts from his standard prefabricated stump speech with his claim during the debate last Tuesday:
[W]hen it comes to our national security, I mean what I say. I said Id end the war in Libyainin Iraq, and I did. I said that wed go after al-Qaeda and bin Laden, we have.
Did you notice the difference? Its subtle but substantive. The line about al Qaeda being on its heels has been modified to the more modest claim that wed go after al Qaeda.
This was no slip of the tongue. Obama didnt inadvertently omit a boast he meant to make. The day after the debate he said in Mount Vernon, Iowa (again, according to the official White House summary of his remarks):
Four years ago, I told you wed end the war in Iraqand I did. I said wed end the war in Afghanistanand we are. I said wed focus on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11and we have, and bin Laden is dead.
His spiel has been carefully reconfigured to match the revised administration narrative about what happened in Benghazi on Sept. 11. Early on, the president and his spokesmen clung to a plausible-sounding explanation for the attackthat it was a mob response to an anti-Islamic video. Even after House testimony clarified that that was not what went down, he dispatched his U.N. ambassador, Susan Rice, to five (count em, five) news shows the following Sunday to perpetuate the party line, which the president repeated himself on late night TV.
As it became increasingly obvious to the American public that this was a planned, coordinated terror attack, likely orchestrated by Osama bin Ladens successor and specifically pre-determined to coincide with Sept. 11, Obama grudgingly accepted the truthwhich he probably knew on Sept. 12, the day he made his Rose Garden speech.
If he tries to weasel out of his obvious politicization of the attack in Debate 3, as he did in Debate 2, Romney will be ready. And Obama knows it.
As far as debates go, he [Romney] won the first two.
All 0bama has to do is go out and lie,
and call everything Romney says a lie,
and the “moderator” and the media will cover for him.
Obama can (easily) be made to look like a dishonest boob. Because he is one.
Given what’s come out in the last 24-hours about Libya, courtesy of McClatchy News (whodda thunk), Zero may not even show up for the third encounter with Romney.
The Coup De Grace next week, polls will show Romney solidly ahead in Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, NH and coming on in Pa, NJ, Michigan, Mn. Watch for Obama debate #1 to show up, ....addled, tired and listless. Obama is about to open the bunker doors and head down under the Reichstag. It’s over.
Romney also won at the Al Smith dinner. I am amazed how well he delivered his one-liners. Not professional, but damned good for an amateur. Some have suggested that DENNIS MILLER HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT. If so, then Miller is also a damn good coach. Hope the campaign takes him along to juice up Romneys stump speeches.
That’s counterproductive thinking.
The debate isn’t over until it’s OVER.
Even though that Traitor spends all his time in these debates lying through his sh*t eating grin, he still is LOSING VOTES and Romney is STILL gaining them.
The 3rd debate, IMO, will be more of the same. And the fact that it’s focus is on Foreign Affairs, I pray Romney gets in more jabs and points regarding Obama’s foreign policy and the lackof and complete failure therein.
” In Monday nights third and final presidential debate, we will see whether Mitt Romney is skilled enough to read Barack Obamas tell on Benghazi. He already used it, tipping his hand in Debate 2, but Romney either missed it or failed to call the president out on it.”
What is this guy smoking?
The “fix” was in.
This election isn’t about foreign policy. Since Romney isn’t going to say, “I’m going to nuke Iran come January!” nobody will be swayed enough to not vote for him.
Debate #4 took place last night at the Al Smith dinner. Obama cannot recover from that evisceration. This will carry on to Boca Raton Monday night
The shorts are — Prepare to meet your doom Mr 0 and get Wookie to start packing for the sunny golf courses of Oahu. B___h you will have all the time in the world to shoot hoops with Reggie. My prediction is 5 years from now we will see a snap of Bammy at a Hawaii ice cream shop weighing 250 lbs
Since it now has become 100% irrefutable that Benghazi was, in fact, a pre-planned terrorist attack and not a spontaneous eruption caused by a video critical of Mohammed, how can Obama minimize the damage done by his several weeks of lying?
I saw some attempts at spinning this, notably by Bob Beckel on The Five, and I would bet big bucks that this is the road Obama will take at the final debate:
“Yes, it was clearly a pre-planned terrorist attack. But one of the root causes of that attack was that horrible video, which inflamed Muslims so much that the attack became the natural consequence. In other words, when I said the video caused the attack, I meant that the video was the underlying cause of a pre-planned attack.”
Or some such drivel. Apparently, instead of studying the Constitution, Obama took Parsing 101.
How about Obama referring to when he WAS president?
zero is going to want to talk about what we do now because our options become narrowed as zero’s policies have failed. mitt should discuss how we end up in the mess we are because of those failed policies
I don't think Romney will get points for having a better foreign policy than Obama (although, of course, he does). But I think Romney should focus on Obama's character -- he can humiliate and belittle Obama as a leader by focusing on Obama's foreign policy screw-ups. The point isn't (so much) the screw-ups, the point is that Obama is in way over his head.
People want a competent leader -- in hopes that one could revive our economy. Romney needs to use every opportunity to show that Obama is not a competent leader.
Obama and the media wanted the Libya story to go away (after a couple of days beating up on Romney for criticizing the apology to the mob in Cairo). That it is being talked about again is not what Obama wanted.