Audience Roars In Laughter During Michelle Bachmann’s Debate

Michele Bachmann and a host of other conservatives lie with impunity.  However, last night Bachmann got her just dessert…

Voice 4 America

Republican Michelle Bachmann had the first of three debates against her Democratic challenger Jim Graves earlier this week. One of the statements she made during the debate was, “It’s insulting to say that these are political speech, because that’s one thing I do not do, is political speech”, which caused the audience members to erupt in laughter. Bachmann’s next two debates will be on Nov 1st and 4th.

Here is the full video of the debate.


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A while ago I posted a few conversations redone by Songify.  I found a few that will update the collection I already have:

Presidential Debate Songified:

VP Debate Highlights Songified:


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Romney Wins The Night

Many pundits on the right are praising Mitt Romney for his performance in debating President Obama last night.

There’s no question that Romney’s assertiveness and lack of deference to the moderator helped him win the debate.  There is one question though…why is he still so vague on details when discussing his economic plan for the country?

The Huffington Post

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney spent much of his first presidential debate Wednesday walking back some of his core primary positions and highlighting similarities with President Barack Obama — from keeping bank regulations in place, bringing in more teachers, maintaining taxes on the wealthy, to making sure those with pre-existing conditions have health insurance.

But the president failed to respond effectively, drifting into his professorial demeanor and barely attempting to veil his annoyance with Romney. It wasn’t pretty, but Romney won, according to the general consensus among reporters and political operatives after the debate at the University of Denver.

Romney appeared more relaxed than Obama, who spent much of his time explaining policies he would likely rather be done selling by now. He hardly looked Romney in the eye during the debate.

There is one critical caveat, of course, in determining the winner of a debate: It’s difficult to know how the millions of voters, whose prisms are radically different than those of mainstream reporters, took in the debate. But, at minimum, Romney cleared the most critical bar, by appearing presidential.

Still, one issue continued to plague Romney: details. While he said he would end Obama programs, he was vague on how he would do so without eliminating a host of components he pledged to keep.

“At some point, you have to ask, is he keeping all these plans to replace [programs] secret because they’re too good?” Obama said. “Families are going benefit too much from them?”

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Matt Santos (The West Wing) on the definition of Liberal

I’ve said this before, The West Wing was my absolute favorite show on television.  Here is an example why…

” … I will pick up that label and I will wear it as a badge of honor. ”

From The Debate episode, season seven of the West Wing

“The Debate” between Arnold Vinick and Matt Santos

Written by Lawrence O’Donnell 

Mitt Romney: It Pains Me To Fire You

Mitt Romney - Caricature

Sure Gov. Romney…sure.

The Huffington Post

Mitt Romney said Saturday night that it pains him to fire workers in order to make a company more profitable, responding to criticism from Newt Gingrich, who cited a  New York Times story on one of Romney’s ventures.

“It always pains you if you have to be in a position of downsizing a business in order to make it more successful,” Romney said. “I’m not surprised to have the New York Times try to put free enterprise on trial…It’s a little surprising from my colleagues on this stage.”

Former Massachusetts Gov. Romney said that the laid-off workers are victims of the free market. “Sometimes investments don’t work and you’re not successful,” he said.

But Gingrich, the former House Speaker, questioned whether Romney’s private equity ventures were aimed at creating jobs or quick profit for capitalists.

Gingrich said he’s all for the free market, but “I’m not nearly enamored of a Wall Street model where you can go in and flip companies, have leveraged buyouts, basically take out all the money, leaving behind the workers.”

He cited 1,700 fired workers in a New York Times story on one of Romney’s corporate raids.

“If it’s factually accurate, it raises questions,” he said.

The Debate In 100 Seconds


As the GOP candidates lined up for their last debate before voters take to the Iowa caucuses, everyone took their chance to get a last pitch in with some final free airtime.

Everyone’s swagger was in abundance and some rocks were thrown at the frontrunner, but now we have to wait until votes are cast before everyone gets together to yell at one another on TV again…


Campaign In 100 Seconds: The Man Who Wasn’t There


In today’s episode, Rick Perry says he’s thinking about skipping future GOP debates.

But will he exude a mysterious and vote-getting aura if he becomes “The Man Who Wasn’t There”?

Or, wonders Thomas Lane, will be basically just look chicken?

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The Debate in 100 Seconds: What Happens In Vegas

TPM 2012

The GOP’s latest debate was their best yet… or certainly the most entertaining.

The gloves were well and truly off, and the crowd moved on from booing only hypotethical sick people, or real gay soldiers, to booing basically everyone on stage.


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Who won the GOP debate? Does it matter?

GOP Presidential Debate September 7, 2011 in C...

Image by DonkeyHotey via Flickr

Plum Line

Winners? Losers? Well, the first thing to remember is that there’s more hype than importance to these debates, even a relatively high-profile one such as this. So the first thing I’d tell you is that no one is going to win or lose the nomination thanks to Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate at the Reagan Library…indeed, no one is going to remember much of it in a week or two.

What that means is that nothing could really happen in these debates to change the structure of the contest, which remains basically a two-person race between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry.

What could have happened Wednesday night, but almost certainly didn’t, at least as I saw it, is that one of the six fringe candidates could have broken through and earned a few weeks of press and, therefore voter, attention. If that happened, I sure didn’t see it.

As far as the frontrunnrs, what the debate showed yet again is that practice usually matters in these things, and Mitt Romney has an awful lot more experience in presidential debating than does Rick Perry. My sense, and my sense of what my twitter feed was telling me, was that Perry had a lousy night, while Romney — as he has in each of these things — just outclassed the field. Again, practice helps.

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