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rope a dopeToo bad the Presidential debates aren't real debates. If Mitt had tried the same tactics in any high school he would have been given an F for making phony arguments and thrown out of class. Small wonder the President looked so disgusted throughout the proceedings.

Of course, it may have just been more Obama jiu-jitsu, giving Mitt the opportunity to weave the rope upon which the prez will hang him. There's evidence of this aplenty in the speech Mr. Obama gave today and the new commercials coming out. See video below.

It's still early but polls indicate that all of Mitt's debate shenanigans only served to benefit the prez. A lot. See chart below.

Update 10-6-12: I have subsequently learned that the "debating" technique Mitt Romney used in the first presidential debate is called "The Gish Gallop". It is described by the Urban Dictionary thusly:

Named for the debate tactic created by creationist shill Duane Gish, a Gish Gallop involves spewing so much bullshit in such a short span on that your opponent can’t address let alone counter all of it. To make matters worse a Gish Gallop will often have one or more 'talking points' that has a tiny core of truth to it, making the person rebutting it spend even more time debunking it in order to explain that, yes, it's not totally false but the Galloper is distorting/misusing/misstating the actual situation. A true Gish Gallop generally has two traits.

1) The factual and logical content of the Gish Gallop is pure bullshit and anybody knowledgeable and informed on the subject would recognize it as such almost instantly. That is, the Gish Gallop is designed to appeal to and deceive precisely those sorts of people who are most in need of honest factual education.

2) The points are all ones that the Galloper either knows, or damn well should know, are totally bullshit. With the slimier users of the Gish Gallop, like Gish himself, its a near certainty that the points are chosen not just because the Galloper knows that they're bullshit, but because the Galloper is deliberately trying to shovel as much bullshit into as small a space as possible in order to overwhelm his opponent with sheer volume and bamboozle any audience members with a facade of scholarly acumen and factual knowledge.


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Oh, That Mitt.

takes out big birdThinkprogress compiles 27 Mitt Romney lies in a span of 38 debate minutes.


The New York Times found Mitt's debate prowess "unhelpful".

In order for Mitt's deficit-fixing promises to come true he'd have to create 12 million jobs that pay$433,000 a year. A cinch, right?


Think Mitt is sincere about improving education? Think again.


Quote For The Day

"If you think the rich are trying to get Mitt elected so he won't cut their taxes, you probably can't wait to get your Medicare coupon. " - a tweet by LOLGOP


Today's video: The President throws Mitt's lies back in his face. Very amusing.


President Obama's Top 50 Accomplishments

Number 11: Told Mubarak to Go

barack obama's top 50 accomplishmentsOn February 1, 2011, publicly called on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to accept reform or step down, thus weakening the dictator’s position and putting America on the right side of the Arab Spring. Mubarak ended thirty-year rule when overthrown on February 11.


And now our Chart of the Day: Post-Presidential Debate Poll Results.

post presidential debate poll results

Larger, considerably more legible, version of chart here.


Republican Job Creation Update

republican job creation10-1&2&3&4-12: The House is taking the week off. No jobs were created.

For the full 2001-2012 list of Republican sloth please visit republicanjobcreation.com.


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Today's Google Chow.

Presidential Debate, October 3, 2012

Jim Lehrer: Mr. President, would you care to respond?

Obama: To what?

Romney: Aspersion, backbiting, calumniation, calumny, deceit, deception, defamation, detraction, dishonesty, disinformation, distortion, evasion, fable, fabrication, falsehood, falseness, falsification, falsity, fib, fiction, forgery, fraudulence, guile, hyperbole, inaccuracy, invention, libel, mendacity, misrepresentation, misstatement, myth, obloquy, perjury, prevarication, revilement, reviling, slander, subterfuge, tale, tall story, vilification, white lie, whopper.

Overturn Citizens United