The Look that binds

October 17, 2012


(Illustration found here).

Last night’s presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney was a fun-fest, stomp-nosed look at how ludicrous US politics has become, but did allow at last a small peek into how vast and empty the GOP challenger — Romney’s camp may now give more than a shit about fact-checkers.
In that regards, one of the best comments on truthiness came via Time in a break-down of the debate, at the 76-minute mark:

Romney thinks that he has caught the President telling a whopper.
“You said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack, it was an act of terror?” he says, grinning.
“I want to make sure we get that for the record.”
“Get the transcript,” Obama deadpans.
Crowley back him up: “He did in fact, sir.”
Romney looks like a guy whose steak dinner has sprouted legs and crawled off his plate.

Hi-hi-hilarious.

In talking with Republicans about this election (in dealing with people all day at the liquor store I manage), the vast majority seem to be hard-headed and way-thin-skinned lacking any details at all about the reality of their supposed candidate for the most powerful job on earth.
When asked about any particular item, and I mean ‘any,’ they haven’t a clue.
You can see it in their face near-about immediately — what?
On Monday, one of our wine salesmen, as he was about to leave, asked if I was going to watch the debate — we’d never talked politics before — and then muttered something positive about Romney.
I countered: “You ain’t a Republican are you?” (Always use good English during oral arguments). And, “You ain’t gonna vote for Romney are you?”
His face became granite — “Yes, I am,” he countered will emotion.
In return, I started in on Romney’s Bain portfolio, listing shit from outsourcing jobs to vulture captilaism, then on to the 47-percent bullshit (and his walk-back), then on to Medicare, then on to taxes…
The guy’s face twitched even tighter and harder — he couldn’t respond.
He turned and left, saying “See ya next week.”
They have no come-back because there’s nothing to come back to, especially if you’re clueless.
Matt Taibbi nailed it in reference to the Tea Party, which the GOP now is and which has adopted its edge of ‘truthiness‘ in fact-checking and its complete disregard of accuracy: But after lengthy study of the phenomenon, I’ve concluded that the whole miserable narrative boils down to one stark fact: They’re full of shit. All of them.
The whole miserable lot — from Todd Akin of Missouri, to Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Allen West of Florida, and on and on and on and on…
Nasty-mouthed and clueless, and full of shit.

The debate last night was a kind of earmark for this conflicted and delusional view, as Ezra Klein in the Washington Post wrote: “Romney spent most of the debate on defense, and he often didn’t know what he wanted to say.”
Klein also added this about the big, biggest problem not mentioned by either candidate: Today, neither side talks much about climate change, and so while it wasn’t much of a surprise that Romney didn’t bring up global warming, it was notable that Obama didn’t, either. Instead, he bragged about increasing employment in the coal industry. Yuck.
Yes, indeed, f*ckin’ yuck.

Fun with pictures — me thinks the best of the ‘binders’ via Tumblr:

And the ‘truthiness’ of Romney’s binder moment? — a lie, apparently the boy just can’t help it.
Next Monday he’s got another shot at glory.

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