Apparently there’s some sort of political debate this evening

5 Facts You Should Commit to Memory Before Watching Tonight’s Debate

“In a weird attempt at ‘objectivity,’ the headline on the story reads ‘Political display at Morgan Hill home called racist”’ — because apparently a noose and watermelons are completely open to interpretation?”

“While some folks are obsessed with the silliness of ‘lynched’ chairs, racist t-shirts, and other nonsense, Mitt Romney has been offering up a mix of overt racism and covert ‘dog whistles’ against Barack Obama that collectively draw upon some of the deepest and ugliest stereotypes about black humanity.”

“Civil rights and labor groups have denounced the billboards as an attempt to intimidate minority voters.”

“Far too many people in this business have accepted the Etch-A-Sketch argument to the point at which whether something is true or not is measured by its effectiveness as a tactic.”

“When the book is written on the evolution of post-truth politics, this anecdote should be in the first chapter.”

“I have no desire to debate the pros and cons of those issues. I simply wish to point out that Romney changed his position on each and every one.”

“The 20-percent rate cut figure was plucked out of thin air for political reasons without regard to whether it was feasible.”

We now officially know nothing at all about Mitt Romney’s tax plan.”

“Numerous studies over the past 10 years conclude that tens of thousands of Americans die each year because they lack insurance.”

The Wall Street Journal labeled such financing mechanisms ‘Medicaid Money Laundering’ and a ‘swindle.’

“We pass a whole economy, society and environment to our children. Unless we have given them a really bad education, they would be crazy to opt for a government with a lower national debt in exchange for a weaker economy, a worse infrastructure or more damaged environment.”

“He said it was pathetic and comical to have the same person come up to you within only a half hour, have this person reintroduce himself to you, having absolutely no idea whatsoever that he just did this 20 minutes ago, and did not even recognize Glen’s face.”

If Romney’s lips are moving and he’s talking about abortion, he is lying.”

“And he just said, ‘Remember, Roger, if you go down that road, some girls,’ he said, ‘they rape so easy.’

Because of Obama, I now have a wife who can get covered. But really, at heart, I’m a limited-government kind of guy.”

“He promised that he would work with Indian country, that he would help us, and he has done that at every turn.”

“There you have the six ‘studies’ on which the Romney campaign has based its defense of Romney’s tax plan. Individually and collectively they fail the task.”

You still can’t drive cross country in 15 hours without speeding.”

“This isn’t because Romney or his advisors are bad at math. It’s because they’re lying, trying to get elected based on a fraud.”

“I am glad of all the support I can get anywhere, if I can get it without practicing any deception to obtain it.”

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  • AnonymousSam

    But if you need heart surgery, you’ll have to wait eleventybillion years to get it and will die in the meantime! Totally unlike heart surgery that’s only affordable by rich white businessmen!

  • AnonymousSam

    And for bonus points? Some of these insurance reviewers have explicit monthly quotas of money they’re supposed to save the company by denying care with any available excuse.

  • Watching the second debate. Romney says a lot and actually says almost nothing.


    And Governor Romney’s says he’s got a five-point plan? Governor Romney
    doesn’t have a five-point plan. He has a one-point plan. And that plan
    is to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules.
    That’s been his philosophy in the private sector, that’s been his
    philosophy as governor, that’s been his philosophy as a presidential

    That’s pretty bold in this time period, especially when Ronald Reagan (who is Romney’s “ancestor” policy-wise) inaugurated the whole concept of letting the rich get richer and stiffing the poor.

    Hell, in 1993 the Repubs went fucking apoplectic when Clinton proposed the 39.6% top marginal rate. Dick Armey made all kinds of ridiculous Chicken Little predictions and they all turned out to be wrong.

  • OBAMA: Used to being interrupted.

    You know, I think this is very telling, especially as someone on another thread just accused “Team Obama” of “playing the race card”.

    In his youth, I suspect Obama was often talked over by white people, so a simple statement like that probably carries shades of meaning Romney couldn’t even begin to understand, his speech at the NAACP notwithstanding.

  • ROMNEY: Thank you. And I appreciate that question.

    I just want to make sure that, I think I was supposed to get that
    last answer, but I want to point out that that I don’t believe…

    OBAMA: I don’t think so, Candy.

    ROMNEY: … I don’t believe…

    OBAMA: I want to make sure our timekeepers are working here.

    ROMNEY: The time — the time…

    CROWLEY: OK. The timekeepers are all working. And let me tell you
    that the last part, it’s for the two of you to talk to one another, and
    it isn’t quite as (inaudible) you think.

    But go ahead and use this two minutes any way you’d like to, the question is on the floor.

    ROMNEY: I’d just note that I don’t believe that bureaucrats in
    Washington should tell someone whether they can use contraceptives or
    not. And I don’t believe employers should tell someone whether they
    could have contraceptive care of not. Every woman in America should have
    access to contraceptives. And — and the — and the president’s
    statement of my policy is completely and totally wrong.

    OBAMA: Governor…

    ROMNEY: Let me come back and — and answer your question.

    I literally double facepalmed when I saw Romney do this. Is he really so petty and insecure that he needs to waste time after a person has asked him a rather pertinent question, in order to make sure he somehow doesn’t look as omgbad as Obama has made him out to be?

    Shit, the time for making himself out to be a better advocate of women’s rights and needs isn’t in the middle of a debate. It’s well before it! :|

    I remember hearing Dubya Bush could be like this. He’d overreact to relatively minor slights and have it in for someone in the media for quite a while.