What I’ll be looking for in tonight’s debate

Woohoo! And all that. If you’ve not been breathing politics for the last two years like I have, maybe you’ll come around to the idea that we’re a month away from a Presidential election. Tonight’s the first debate between incumbent President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Governor Mitt Romney.

(I hate that call-them-governor-forever thing. But I promise, if I ever mess it up it’s because I was lazy or made a mistake, not because I was being hateful.)

What do I want tonight? A little substance, please. I am so tired of being told what I’m supposed to think. Lay out real issues and let me decide for myself based on the candidate answers.

A little honesty will go a long way. Did either candidate really mess something up in the past? Own it. Show me you know how to dig your way out instead of wallowing in self pity and succumbing to the human instinct to point a finger at someone else.

I swear, if Obama uses any form of “I inherited this mess” I will refuse to vote for him.

(Ok, come on. At least one of you can chuckle at that. Both because you know full well where I stand on this one and you also know he’ll use that line.)

I shall not be participating in any form of any drinking game for tonight’s debate as I will be watching it at the Rosebud Theater in Wauwatosa with a Patch crowd. Besides drinking and then driving is a no-no and I will need to get myself home, I have also been warned I should be on my best behavior tonight. Gee. Like that’s going to be any fun.

Oh, and from Romney I need one really good Reaganesque line. I always loved, “Well there you go again.” I’d like Romney to come up with something along the lines of “President Obama, I will not let you get away with lying to the American people like that.” Because you can bet Obama will try.

I need a Romney that is on fire. Give me some of the passion young Romney had when he dragged a stick through the sand to send his sweetheart photos proclaiming his devotion. Yeah. Like that. Every middle-aged housewife deserves a good falling-in-love now and then.


  1. If given the chance, I’d kind of like to see Romney make an issue of Obama bribing defense contractors not to send out 60 day layoff notices until after the election and then start running ads on the issue tomorrow (especially in VA).


    Not holding my breath though.

  2. Randy in Richmond says:

    Continuing your line of thought Cindy, Stephanie Cutter, President Obama’s deputy campaign manager recently said this in response to blaming Bush:

    “We’re absolutely not doing that,” Stephanie Cutter said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “In fact, we’re taking credit for the 5.1 million private-sector jobs that have been created over the past four years despite being handed the worst economy since the Great Depression. We’re taking credit for the million jobs that were protected under the president’s efforts to save the auto industry and the increase in manufacturing jobs for the first time in decades. We’re not blaming our predecessor by any means, but we don’t think we should return to the same policies that crashed the economy.”

    That same morning, Robert Gibbs said this:

    “We had eight years of horrific economic decisions: Tax cuts for the very wealthy, Wall Street writing its own rules. It culminated in an economic disaster that took place about four years ago, of which we’ve had to dig out from each day of the last four years,” Gibbs said.

    “Let’s be clear, the middle class has been buried for a lot longer than the time that we’ve been dealing with bad economic decisions from the former administration,” Gibbs added.

    More “ Who’s on first” leadership from the Obama administration.

  3. J. Strupp says:

    Look everybody! The 20% unfunded tax cut for rich people is gone! In fact, it never existed!

  4. Romney looks awful. He’s coming across as defensive and yet arrogant. He’s arguing with Jim L. over the rules again.

  5. Cindy, you’ll have to check this out, post debate:

    Obama and Romney to face real lie detector during debate | The Daily Caller


  6. Randy in Richmond says:

    Passion, experience, commitment, preparation, and leadership soundly defeated talking points with no teleprompter tonight.

  7. BrkfldDad says:

    67% declare a win for Romney, 25% for Obama (CNN post debate poll). Not sure what debate you were watching KPOM.

  8. He came across as unprincipled. Romney’s against Obamacare. Instead, he supports 50 Romneycares. Not particularly convincing.

  9. KPOM, shove it.

    (Gosh I feel better now.)

  10. Cry some more, KPOM. I cannot wait until Ryan turns the slow-witted Biden into a blubbering, crying excuse of humanity.

  11. SJK obviously stands for “some jackass Klansman.”

  12. BrkfldDad says:

    Methinks SJK stands for ‘Santa’s Elf’… aka racist/bigot/idiot

  13. Randy in Richmond says:

    I suspect John Kerry will not be reporting for debate duty next time around.

  14. Perhaps, but a small part of me thinks Obama could really implode after a performance like that. There’s nothing worse than watching a narcissist implode.

    I take that back. There’s nothing more fun…