On Eye Contact and God-Kings
On Wednesday night, Mitt Romney was respectful of Barack Obama when Barack Obama challenged him. Mitt Romney looked Barack Obama in the eye when Barack Obama challenged Romney. He kept a smiling demeanor to his challenge in the room. Wednesday night, Mitt Romney was the challenge in the room for Barack Obama and Barack Obama would not look at him. Barack Obama kept his head | Read More »
More Than 67 Million People Watched Last Night’s Debate
How important was last night’s Romney-Obama debate, which nearly everyone agrees was a lopsided win for Romney? Time will tell. But one thing we can know for sure is that it was, by far, the most-watched event of the 2012 campaign. The importance of debates is itself endlessly debated, and you can’t really tell the role of the debates in a race except with hindsight. | Read More »
Romney vs. Obama: Round One
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss why Romney came away the winner of last night’s debate by directly challenging Obama on some of his weak points, Obama’s inability to defend his economy, and a surprising element of the healthcare debate.
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We won the debate; now, let’s move on to the next thing.
So, I had the opportunity to talk with Senator Marco Rubio last night, and ask him a question. I’ll spare you the verbal tics and whatnot: what I asked Rubio, effectively, was “What advice did the Romney campaign take heed off, out of all of New Media’s unsolicited offerings along those lines?” This is how Rubio responded: Rubio 10/03/2012 The funny part was: at the | Read More »
Romneycare as states rights debating point
Remember those conservatives during the Republican presidential primaries that thought Romneycare would prevent Mitt from being able to take on Obamacare? I do. I was one of them. We were wrong. Rarely have we had a true back and forth debate between presidential candidates of opposing parties like we did last night. Thanks to Mitt Romney’s initiative and Jim Lehrer’s wisdom to let it flow, and to Hades | Read More »
Beating an Empty Chair
We’ve all been critical of Mitt Romney from the beginning of the primary and throughout the general election for his lack of core principles, pale-pastel ideas, flaccid attacks on Obama, and lack of specifics. I have not shied away from pointing out that the Romney convention along with his acceptance speech was a disaster. So what about his debate performance? To paraphrase Michele Obama, this | Read More »
Bam! Slam! Pow! Crash! BOOM!
There was a surreal moment after the debate last night. On CNN, the polling went overwhelmingly for Mitt Romney among debate watchers. Basically two-thirds of the American public who watched the debate claimed Romney won. A majority claimed Romney was with them on taxes, the economy, healthcare, their views of government, etc. He dominated. A CBS poll of undecided voters who watched the debate mirrored | Read More »
Mitt Romney’s operating system has clearly been updated to ass kicker mode. He drew out Barack Obama’s thin skin and petulant side. He wouldn’t look at Romney. He stumbled. He took more time than Romney because he stumbled over his uh’s and um’s. The professor got beat by the Governor. Where the heck did that come from?! James Carville says Romney looked like he wanted | Read More »
Follow the Debate
The Romney campaign has made it easy. You can follow the Romney responses to the Great Debate in this embedded widget. They’ll be doing a lot on twitter too.
Obama’s Talking Points About Tonight
Remember that story the other day about Romney and the “zingers” for the debate? It struck me as more the Obama campaign pushing a story than anything real from the Romney camp. Below are the talking points the Obama camp is circulating this morning to get their surrogates ready for the media discussion. Note their use of the “zingers” bit among other things. Also, let’s | Read More »
The debate tonight: will Obama have a Mitt-fit or will Republicans have a misfit?
The night we’ve all been waiting for, all of us, that is, for whom this election’s outcome meets the criteria of a “matter of life or death.” With all the run-up to the debate rhetoric of what Romney must do, the question now turns more to the debate itself and its aftermath, courtesy of the Thursday morning quarterbacks. Mitt Romney-Barack | Read More »
Tech at Night: Reformist regulators are needed to undo the Obama damage
I don’t think it’s ever too soon for conservatives to start pressuring Mitt Romney to appoint reformist regulators, because the Obama regulators are bad news, retarding innovation and growth. Per Fred Campbell, “If the FCC had adopted the eligibility restrictions proposed by PISC in 2007, the United States would not have achieved the LTE leadership touted by current FCC Chairman Genachowski.”
Also remember, the same White House talking about a power-grab of a Cybersecurity executive order can’t even secure itself. If Barack Obama issues the EO, that’s another thing Mitt Romney must repeal DAy One.
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Tags: Barack Obama
, Jerry Brown
, Julius Genachowski
, Mitt Romney
, Tech at Night
The debates and what Mitt Romney must do … enough already!
Whether one reads The Wall Street Journal, Politico, The National Review, the local newspaper, or watches the MSM or cable news, “what Mitt Romney must do” Wednesday night has itself been debated ad nauseum. Enough already! I’ve been on record that I don’t think Mitt Romney has run a barnstormer of a campaign, and emotion doesn’t appear to be his strong suit thus far, but | Read More »
The Debates: The Obama Campaign Has Already Been Given The Questions … And Other Things Romney Should Keep In Mind
1. The Debate Moderators are going to do all they feasibly can to help President Obama. The Debate on Wednesday October 3rd is not going to be Mitt Romney versus Barack Obama, but really Mitt Romney versus Barack Obama and Jim Lehrer. The Vice-Presidential debate between Paul Ryan and Joe Biden on October 11th is going to be Paul Ryan versus Joe Biden and Martha | Read More »
Tech at Night: Potentially promising FCC moves on Spectrum and the Spectrum Screen
Top story: the FCC is moving forward with spectrum auctions, providing incentives for television stations to auction off their spectrum for wireless Internet use. We could see the auctions completed by the end of 2014.
Everyone admits there’s a spectrum crunch, and on the right and left of the FCC they say it’s a difficult question of how to transfer spectrum to alleviate it. Greg Walden is right though that this is good “if implemented well.” Bruce Mehlman of iia calls it “a terrific start” and that’s also true.
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Tags: Barack Obama
, Executive Order
, Google Fiber
, Greg Walden
, Incentive Auctions
, Kim Dotcom
, Mitt Romney
, New Zealand
, Spectrum Screen
, Sprint Nextel
, Tech at Night