Charles Krauthammer and his followers today are wrong

Mark Levin
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Charles Krauthammer and his followers today are wrong. Obama did not win the debate on points or edge out Romney. Based on what?

Obama could not defend his awful record, which Romney repeatedly hammered. In fact, Obama lied about his supposed role in increasing oil and gas production. He lied about creating jobs. He lied about Romney’s position on women’s access to health care. Does that give Obama the edge?

Obama sounded like a fool on the terrorist attack on Libya. Candy Crowley tried to rescue him with her own dishonest statement and intervention. But Romney nailed Obama. In fact, Obama’s false assertion and Crowley’s abuse of her role are the big topics of discussion this morning.

And Obama was often angry and disregarded the rules and the clock.

So, on what basis did Obama edge out Romney? This debate changes nothing and Obama is stuck with his record.

H/T The Right Scoop where you can watch the entire video of last night’s debate at Hofstra University.

Related: FACT CHECK: Romney right that Obama made major cuts to oil permits both off-shore and on-shore

Politico on Obama’s broken promises, says he’s most vulnerable on promise to cut deficit in half

Candy Crowley: Romney was actually right on Libya

She parses this a little out of defense for herself but does say that Romney was right about Libya

Sununu slams Soledad over Obama’s rose garden statement: You’re out of your mind!

Sununu came loaded for bear this morning in his interview with Soledad O’Brien. In fact as soon as it began he started hammering her for slanting the clips toward defending Obama and that continued well into the interview just on the issue of Libya.

At issue is the parsing that is going on by Soledad and others over Romney’s statement last night. In the debate Romney said it took 2 weeks for Obama to call the what happened an act of terror. Well it just so happened that Obama used those exact words in the Rose Garden speech. But what Romney meant – and it was clear from his context – was that it took 2 weeks for Obama to call it a terrorist act which is something entirely different. In fact Obama also referred to the attack on Benghazi as “senseless violence” in the Rose Garden speech. But that’s not how you describe a terrorist act.

And this parsing of Romney’s words to protect the president is what had Sununu so fired up from the get go in this interview. Even Crowley herself said after the debate that despite the parsing, Romney was correct. And Sununu wanted them to play that clip and they never did.

Watch the full interview.

Crowley: Obama’s Teleprompter Substitute

President Obama’s weak performance in the first presidential debate could be attributed to the absence of a teleprompter. He was provided with a flesh and blood teleprompter in the shape of Candy Crowley for the second debate.

Crowley Interrupts Romney 28 Times, Obama Just 9

…In the first presidential debate, Jim Lehrer, no slouch at shilling for the Democratic Party, interrupted Mitt Romney 15 times and Barack Obama only five.

Crowley made Lehrer look like an amateur. She interrupted Obama nine times, (although four of those were when he wouldn’t respect the time limit when discussing assault weapons; he went over his time limit all night long), but when it came to Mitt Romney, she was utterly beyond the pale.

Crowley interrupted Romney 28 times. 28 times. Her desperation to keep Romney from scoring points was so patently obvious that it wasn’t really a surprise when she had her infamous moment: the moment when she interrupted and falsely claimed Romney was incorrect in accusing Obama of refusing to call the Benghazi attack an act of terror…

Non-Verbal Impressions of the 2nd Presidential Debate

…Obama did better, Romney scored points, Crowley cut off both Romney’s Fast and Furious and Benghazi responses. Crowley gave the impression she was a debate participant supporting Obama, rather than a moderator. This diminished Obama, in terms of the non-verbals, by making him seem less PRESIDENTIAL…

…I see no real change in the pre-second debate momentum of the race. Democrats will claim Obama won and people who don’t like Obama will still dislike him.

The fact that Romney spoke forcefully about jobs, energy prices and the economy are much less important that the fact he looked PRESIDENTIAL.

Looking PRESIDENTIAL means Romney gives people who don’t like the economy permission to vote Obama out…

Impressions of the second debate.

Obama was much more animated and his supporters will be happier tonight. I think Romney was more impressive but I am a partisan. What surprised me was a focus group collected by Frank Luntz that decided that Romney won overwhelmingly. These were Obama voters in 2008. Their comments were very interesting…

Realville: The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations pays for Obama

Looking at the media reaction to the debate particularly from our friends in MSNBC perfectly illustrates the difference between Strategy and Tactics that I discussed in one of my premium commentaries. The left seems unanimous that Obama won this debate decisively, they point to the “women” questions. They point to Candy Crowley’s “tackle” of Mitt…

What I Heard at the Debate

As civil as the debate may have seemed, it was a brawl. Central to it were all the lies President Obama continues to tell about his record in office and about his challenger, Mitt Romney. And Romney would not let him get away with it. Time and again he rose to his feet to rebut and debunk those lies and I suspect a lot of people who saw him in the first debate were in agreement with him in this second debate. In a column on Tuesday, Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens perfectly anticipated Obama’s lies. Under the headline, “To the Wavering Voter” it repudiated the Obama campaigns assertions about a totally bogus “war on women” saying, “No, abortion rights and access to contraception will not be jeopardized if Mitt Romney becomes president. Not remotely, not vaguely, not even close.” He went through the claims that Romney would engage in another Middle East War or that the nation would become a global pariah with Romney as president. Moving on, Stephens said, “No, your taxes will not go up by a couple of grand”…

Report: Colorado University Profs Continue to Predict Romney Victory in 2012 Presidential Election

The Colorado University Professors continue to predict that Gov. Mitt Romney will win the popular vote in this year’s Presidential Election. They reportedly are now predicting a 77% likelihood of a Romney victory…

MSNBC Post-Debate Undecided Voter Focus Group Moves More Toward Romney – Video 10/16/12

Here is the MSNBC “Undecided Voter Panel” after last night’s debate, where Mitt Romney gained more support than did Barack Obama….

Candy Crowley may have been trying to make Mitt lose the debate; she only succeeded in helping legacy media lose credibilty

…The average American watching this debate will have even more reason to be skeptical of the legacy media’s coverage of any number of issues, including the current presidential contest.

Halperin: So where was the second-term agenda?

Polls show Romney winning on issues.

Video: Luntz focus group unloads on Obama after debate

Former Obama Supporter: Obama Lied To Us

“Acts of Terror” is to Obama what “is” was to Clinton

CNN’s Crowley and company eat crow on Benghazi water-carrying for Obama; Update: Michelle Obama applauded Obama/Crowley tag-team

If You’re Going to Fact-Check in the Middle of a Debate, Big Media, You Damn Well Better Get It Right

…Obama channeled his inner Biden…

Parsing Obama’s Benghazi Lie: He Blamed The Video Not Terror

Romney Debates Crowley And Obama On Benghazi, Wins

Flashback: Obama Refuses To Call Benghazi A Terror Attack 15 Days Later On The View…

Candy Crowley: Romney Was Right In Main Libya Argument, But “He Picked The Wrong Word”….

Tingles: Paul Ryan’s Pro-Life Views Are “Almost Like Sharia Law”…

Ignorant jackass. CHRIS MATTHEWS: I think it’s the hottest issue that’s not been exploited. And I use that positively, exploited. I don’t know how this president can’t bring it up tonight. Because there’s a grand canyon of difference between Obama, who’s very pro-choice, and, for example, the Republican ticket this year…

Update: Image via Blazing Cat Fur, Benghazi Crowley Won the Debate:


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