The Denver Debate


This image was posted on Power Line and originally came from Bob Owens at

I wanted to post something on the debate, which by every single account I have seen on the left as well as on the right, Mitt won by acclamation. Some of the comments I have read have been so funny that I decided to go for a little humor here.

For example, I quite literally did in fact Laughed Out Loud when I saw the picture on the right. This was the image Bob Owens placed on his blog to describe the results of Wednesday’s debate in Denver. It was re-posted by Steven Hayward at Power Line, a blog I have enjoyed reading for several years now. I really enjoy reading Hayward, who this time described the fallout from the debate as President Obama getting thoroughly “Eastwooded.” He added:

Last night was one of those nights when it is really fun to watch MSNBC. There’ve been many of those—the 2002 midterm election (though James Carville putting the paper bag over his head on CNN that night was something to savor, too), the 2004 election, and the 2010 midterm election—but last night was so off-the-chart delicious that I think we need to invent a new multi-syllabic German word for it: how about Matthewsmaddowschultzenfreude?

There are some lessons here. Remember how lots of people wanted Newt Gingrich as the nominee because he’d tear up Obama, and the media while he’s at it? The trouble with that view is that Newt’s abrasiveness turns off a lot of people in the middle. I’ve wondered for a while whether Romney’s Mr. Roger’s demeanor might actually play well in debate for the simple reason that his more gentle manner can deliver attacks without arousing the visceral dislike of the many people who hate the rancor of politics today.

The entire post is worth reading in its entirety, but I have never doubted Mitt’s ability to stand up to Obama in a debate, despite the feelings of so many that Gingrich would do a better job.

Next is the video I found, also posted by Steven Hayward on Power Line.  He came across a very funny animation from Taiwan that, among other devices like boxing and kickboxing, combines characters from Sesame Street and intimations of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which I have never seen, but the title seems to say it all! The chainsaw image was no doubt suggested by James Carville Democratic consultant and commentator on CNN and picked up by The Daily Caller. Carville was basically making excuses for what happened:

President Obama came there, he wanted to have a conversation. It takes two people to have a conversation. Mitt Romney came there with a chainsaw. You can’t talk to a chainsaw!”

Watching this brought me to Twee thist:

My take is what I have always said about Mitt Romney. He is the smartest guy in any room he enters and will be more focused and work harder than anyone I know.

Well, for those not scared by the thought of animated blood and core, the piece from Taiwanese video is pretty funny. My guess is that it is perhaps a bit brutal for some, but it is nevertheless representative of what happened at the debate. Enjoy! (If you are up for it!  :-)  )

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About Mike

Michael Bush first met Mitt in 1966 when they reported for a one-week training session in Salt Lake City before heading to France on the 4th of July to serve as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 2 1/2 years. They also served at the same time in Bordeaux for several months in 1968, where they worked together quite often. Mike is on the faculty of Brigham Young University and grew up in Alabama. He graduated from Brigham Young University in Political Science. He also has an MBA from the University of Missouri and a PhD from The Ohio State University in Foreign Language Education with an emphasis in Computer Science. He is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who spent most of his career at the US Air Force Academy teaching French and doing research in the area of computer-assisted language learning. He and his wife Annie have four children and 18 grandchildren. It goes without saying that the things written on this site reflect his views and opinions and are in no way intended to reflect those of Brigham Young University or its sponsor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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