Looks like Clint Eastwood's empty chair skit at the RNC Convention turned into a prophecy, at least in the context of a presidential debate performance. As a liberty activist, I happily avoided the appallingly incomprehensible contest between Statist Clown A and Statist Clown B. However, I followed Twitter because that's where the laughs were, along with the agony of some apoplectic liberals and Democrats.
Mark Hemingway@Heminator That wasn't a debate so much as Mitt Romney just took Obama for a cross country drive strapped to the roof of his car. (Hemingway was quoting the Weekly Standard).
Todd Kincannon @ToddKincannon Somebody call Todd Akin. Analyzing this debate requires a rape expert.
Bill Maher @billmaher Obama made a lot of great points tonight. Unfortunately, most of them were for Romney
Bill Maher @billmaher i must say, of all the Romneys i've seen, this Debate Romney is my favorite
Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald MSNBC tonight seems like a group therapy session for the deeply depressed and people with anger issues. It's actually disturbing to watch
Todd Kincannon @ToddKincannon Right now, David Axelrod is asking a crying Barack Obama: "Show me on the doll where the bad man touched you."
Brian Sack@brian_sack MSNBC's flag at half mast.
VANITY FAIR @VanityFair Good LORD Obama wouldn't win a student council election against a chubby nerd with that closing argument.
As if the Twitter zingers weren't bad enough, there was the epic Chris Matthews meltdown.
Chris Matthews’ Epic Meltdown Over Obama Performance: ‘What Was He Doing Tonight?’
Clearly, Romney cleaned Obama's clock and he did it without even offering any solutions to any of our immense problems. Only in America can somebody win a debate by offering no solutions to big problems, no cuts in government spending and advocating for perpetual war!
Oh well, it's America where substance is never ever on the table because it's all about packaging, party propaganda and one liners. Still, Obama absolutely earned the thrashing he got from the left and the right. An Obama super PAC donor may have summed it up best.
Big Super PAC Donor on Obama: 'Looks Like He Took My Million and Spent it All on Weed'
Obama even dipped on Intrade, the online gambling site, here. Still, Obama remains comfortably ahead on Intrade with a 65.2% probability of winning to Romney's 35.1. However, polls are tightening in the critical swing states. The general consensus of the pollsters and pundits is that the deal that was sealed for an easy Obama re-election is presently no longer a foregone conclusion.
To what extent the race is truly competitive remains unclear and will largely depend on the result of future debates.
As for America, the American people, the economy and our future, the prognosis remains quite grim because the endless wars and big bad government will prevail regardless of who wins in November.
Meanwhile, the bread and circuses continue because America really is the incarnation of the Roman Empire.