DAILY GRINDER: The Debates Are Over—Here are Five Takeaways
Like many of you (I assume), I am very happy the debates are over and Mitt Romney and Barack Obama will never, ever have to publicly speak to each other again. The general consensus of last night’s debate was that the president won pretty handily, but whatever. Who cares? It’s just a foreign policy debate in which both candidates agree on the use of drone warfare and neither is asked about our secret overseas prisons! Here are the weirdest things I found regarding last night’s final freakshow:
1) Romney Thinks Iran May Have a Point. He apparently agrees with that country’s 14th-or-so most powerful leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, that our debt makes us weak. What other pointers does he want to take from Iran’s president?
2) Something about bayonets? I don’t know. Obama said there are less bayonets today than there were way back when, but the Republican “research” Twitter account said Marines still use bayonets—which makes Obama wrong, bitches! Or, rather, proves a moot point, since Obama never said bayonets no longer exist. Eh, details.
3) Fox Nation (a Fox News Republican media headline aggregate…with boobs!) is the absolute dumbest site on the web, and, I believe (though cannot prove) the testing site for what Fox’s negative narrative about President Obama will be in any given week. One of their headlines last night during the debate: “Obama’s last stand – Will he Answer for Benghazi Cover-Up?” Another: “Obama Appears Snarky, Angry, Unpresidential in His Last Debate.” There was not one negative headline about the Republican, obviously.
4) I repeat: We learned last night that both mainstream presidential candidates are cool with “drone technology” and will continue using it for the foreseeable future. That particular subject was given less than five minutes of the hour and thirty minute debate.
5) Romney is absolutely stuck in the right-wing echo chamber, repeating the same Hannitized talking points about the president’s “Apology Tour” and “tension with Israel.”
Mayor Nutter has an opinion on who won the debate. He says Romney was the winner last night. Ha! Kidding! Like you believed that. Here’s some of his statement, sent out shortly after the debate ended at 10:30: “President Obama’s leadership and Mitt Romney’s total lack thereof were on full display at tonight’s foreign policy debate I honestly don’t think any undecided voter out there had reservations about Romney’s complete lack of foreign policy experience and specifics heard a thing tonight that would alleviate those concerns … Personally, I get very nervous hearing the guy who derided President Obama’s decision to end the war in Iraq as an ‘astonishing failure’ dodge questions about whether he’d ever end the war in Afghanistan and rattle his saber at Iran.”
How about some new Pennsylvania presidential polls? You like that?
Garvis PA: Obama 48%, Romney 45%
Angus Reid PA: Obama 52%, Romney 42%
Morning Call: Obama 50%, Romney 45%
Let Freedom Ring PA: Obama 48%, Romney 44%
Last week, a Republican Party-commissioned “SHOCK POLL” showed Romney leading by 4 points in Pennsylvania. It continues to be the only poll showing the candidate leading here, in the history of the world.
Want to know the state of the U.S. Senate polls? Sure you do! Here you go:
Angus Reid: Casey 51%, Smith 45%
Morning Call: Casey 45%, Smith 37%
Let Freedom Ring: Casey 47%, Smith 46%
Last week, a Republican Party-commissioned “SHOCK POLL” showed Smith leading by 2 points in Pennsylvania. It continues to be the only poll showing the candidate leading here, in the history of the world.
The other thing about the Casey-Smith race: Gov. Ed Rendell had recently criticized Casey for releasing one ‘Tea Party ad’ in the Philadelphia region (though Rendell seemed to think it was the only anti-Smith ad in the state), and Casey’s media consultant shot back at the former governor. Now, some are wondering whether Casey’s attack on Smith actually helped the Republican out, both with his name recognition and that the Democrat had taken the time to attack him in the first place. Casey seemed “ill-prepared” for the assault against him that would eventually come.
Finally, Attorney General candidates Kathleen Kane and David Freed also debated last night. Both promised to look into how then-Attorney General Tom Corbett handled the Sandusky investigation once elected. Kane said she’d look into “who, what, when and why” to see if mistakes were made. If nothing else, this proves that investigating Corbett polls well according to internal campaign polls, and that could be troubling for the governor.