I'm sorry, but I have a situation that has come up that will prevent my live blogging tonight's debate. Sorry about that.
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But issues do not seem to be the object of peoples' speculation.
The big speculation is about the behavior of the two candidates thrust upon us. Will we see the soft side of Romney? Will we see the combative side of Obama?
I don't believe either of them is equipped or committed to an economic policy that will help the people who need the most help.
During the Obama presidency, the disparity between the rich and the rest of the population continued to expand exponentially.
And, I am still thinking about Obama's initial performance against the ghoul Romney. People asked, where was he? In this case, I agree with Maureen Dowd. He was there. That was him. Bereft of passion. Bereft of ideas.
And Romney - God help us.
I find myself hoping that the election is very close. I would like Obama to know that people are no longer going for his act. I would like Romney to lose - but mostly because we have already had four years of a neophyte. And also because he, Romney, seems to me to be a dangerous mofo in the W. mold.
I'll be glad when all of this is over.
lentinel: "On Iran, both [President Obama and Gov. Romney] are making similar noises."
Then please explain THIS, which apparently led to THIS and THIS.
"I would like Obama to know that people are no longer going for his act."
Sorry, but this election is neither about you nor your desires. Rather, it's become a classic base election that offers voters a very real choice regarding two very different visions and long-term directions for this country.
I apologize that it doesn't exactly fit your oft-stated personal narrative in which there's no fundamental and substantive difference between the two major political parties, but that's just the way it is.
Of course this election is about lentinel and his/her desires - it's about what all of us want.
And I hate to break it to you, dear Donald, but there is less daylight between these two candidates than you seem to be willing to admit - which, if I can be blunt, makes you look like you have your eyes closed, your fingers stuck in your ears and your mouth saying "lalalalalalala" as loud as you can.
I think we're all aware that Romney isn't just a little bit worse than Obama, he's exponentially worse - but that still doesn't elevate Obama to significantly higher moral ground, and it doesn't change the fact that Obama and the center-right Dems are headed to the same place as the Romney crowd, just at a slower pace; the visions are not "competing" as much as you think.
You are not the last word, Donald, on "the way it is," so I think I speak for more than a few of us who would like it if you could take your snooty, snitty, snarky, I'm-important-and-you-don't-have-a-clue judgments and stick them someplace south of your brain, and keep them there for the duration.
That's kind of a huge difference.
Don was right to point it out. I know you see Obama and Romney as twins or something, but most people don't.
I'm more interested in what Anne thinks.
As for what most people think, in an election season, that's kind of relevant.
"less daylight between these two candidates," "headed to the same place...just at a slower pace," do not equal "no difference."
And you seem to have missed the part where I said, "Romney isn't just a little bit worse than Obama, he's exponentially worse," which doesn't equal "no difference," either.
Read all the words: if you're looking for a difference, that's where you'll find one.
Fast forward to the middle of the term and people are like "this dude is the worst ever, how did he ever get elected"?
My response: remember when you said there was no difference in the candidates and spent all of your time talking about that instead of rallying behind the better candidate. Well that.
But you're right that this election is not about me or my desires.
I'm a democrat.
Plus, the Lyin' Ryan tour is in town tonight.
Besides, I already voted :)
And while Jim Lehrer was constructively absent in the first debate, and Candy Crowley was all about getting her own nose into the debate, Bob Schieffer has the potential for being constructively present, but serving as the straight man for Romney's not-so-funny chickenhawk stylings.
I'd like to see a debate where there is no moderator, as such. Let Obama ask Romney whatever he wants to for 30 minutes, then hand it over to Romney to do the same with Obama, then give each man 5 minutes to close, and 5 minutes to rebut the closing.
That would be too scary for them, so they would never agree to it, but it might get us closer to something resembling a real debate.
I'm kind of tired of the current mostly-kabuki of Battling Bumper Stickers, to tell you the truth.
Remember, please, please, let Romney win?
And, here we are; Obama hanging by a fingernail.
Fairly, or unfairly, the reality is that Obama has managed to discourage so many Democrats while, simultaneously, and in spite of his submission to Republican bullying, the R's hate him more now than ever.
His "reaching out" to Republicans has been counter productive, and only heightened their rage. And, his condescending, back of the hand treatment to conventional Democrats has made voting for him more of a chore than a positive desire.
It didn't have to be this way; many, many good people tried to show him the way. And now, here we are, a "flip a coin" election. Instead of it being an election for Obama to lose, it's an election that Romney can win. All he has to do is to give them a reason, however slight, and we'll be talking about President elect-Romney.
Like I said, it didn't have to be.
But in all honesty unless you thought the whole PPUS thing was just a political ploy you had to see this coming. It was as plain as the nose on your face to me.
As a businessman, if there's anything I can do, or if you would like some advice, or talk about....anything, please speak up.
I know, I've been there, scary, scary times.
Anyway, talking it out really does help.
Again, anything I can do......
On a lighter note, Colorado wildlife photos.
Current odds to win it all based on CG's prognostications after watching only one week:
Shawn Johnson 2-1 (cuteness and mad skills overcomes short legs)
Gilles Marini 5-2 (can bare chest beat Shawn's smile)
Apolo Ohno 4-1 (may just be warming up)
Melissa Rycroft 5-1 (one of the best but without the fan base)
Kelly Monaco 8-1 (should hang around a few more weeks)
Emmitt Smith 10-1 (too much gray against these kids)
Sabrina Bryan 25-1 (this cheetah's not quick enough on her feet)
Kirstie Alley 50-1 (ummm no)
Defending champ Cards have the best record in major league history in game 7 winner take all. By comparison, the Giants have never won a game 7 winner take all in their history.
In a quirk of fate however, the Giants have won a game 7 in a World Series in a best of 7 but didn't win the Series. Can you name the Series, who won, and how did that happen?
Back to more important things. The Giants are at home in mid 50 drizzly weather like the old days at The Stick. Also, the Giants have now won five consecutive elimination games in the post season.
Take the Giants, Obama, Shawn Johnson, and the Bears tonight.
Bet the ranch.
That's right, I went all 8 years of GWB and four years of Obama in a popcorn desert. Not anymore. I am now the proud owner of Presto Poplight Hot Air Popper, and two pounds of popcorn.
I'm ready. No matter who wins the debate tonight and the election next month, it's out of my control (and yours, too). So, I plan to sit back, eat popcorn and, probably, cry for the foreseeable future. That is until the Grand Bargain cuts SS and I can longer afford to buy popcorn.
Oh and GO, BEARS!!! and GO, GIANTS!!! GO, SHAWN!!! and rounding out my picks because he is the candidate who is not f*cking insane, GO, OBAMA!
it's out of my control (and yours, too)
Not out of my control yet. I just volunteered today at the Obama office to drive voters to the polls for the 8 days of early voting, and on election day too if anyone needs help. Early voting starts here in Florida on Saturday. I'm just warming up.
You have work to do. And good on you for stepping up. I, on the other hand, need to find a postage stamp. ;-)
Voters can hand deliver their ballots to their county election office. Everyone just has to be sure the election offices receive the ballots by 8 PM on election day.
This just might be a good sports night for me.