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First Presidential Debate: The Revenge of the Jocks

Chris Abraham | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Chris Abraham

Governor Romney dominated the debate with volume, aggression, and confidence while President Obama simmered with humiliation, tried to remain calm, not roll his eyes or show any contempt while waiting for it to be over. Why?

Jason Linkins

Post-Debate Explanations And Excuses Take A Turn In The Spin Cycle | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.08.2012 | Politics

So this past Wednesday night, President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney met at the Magness Arena and debated policy and p...

Poll Confirms Romney's Post-Debate Bump

Reuters | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics

* Obama leads Romney 47 percent to 45 percent * Romney post-debate 'bump' solidifies * 84 percent say "definitely" decid...

Mark Blumenthal

Polls Begin To Show Romney Debate Bump | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Political junkies have been watching for any signs that the perceptions of a lackluster performance by President Barack Obama in Wednesd...

Jason Linkins

Barack Obama Performs His Disappearing Act: The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For October 5 | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics

Well, last week, your Speculatroners couldn't help but notice that the political media had apparently all had a brunch, or something, at which it was ...

Michael Calderone

Debate Moderator Defends Himself | Michael Calderone | Posted 10.05.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- PBS veteran Jim Lehrer, who has taken heat this week for not tightly controlling Wednesday night's presidential debate and allowing the ca...

Romney Repeals Romney

Neil McCarthy | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Neil McCarthy

When all the dust settles, the long term story on Wednesday's debate will be Romney's debate with himself. On issue after issue, the former Governor was an act of re-invention of self in progress.

The Audacity of Mendacity

Will Durst | Posted 12.05.2012 | Comedy
Will Durst

One possible excuse for Obama's shocking passivity is he was stunned by the audacity of Romney's mendacity. There were traces of "I can't believe he just said that in front of people" smiles.

Obama's Debate, Elizabeth Warren's Moment, Bill Clinton's Lift

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Romney came to fight. Obama came to opine. Romney played to win. Obama played not to lose, and therefore he lost. It is the Democratic disease of our age, this unwillingness to fight for high principle and big ideas and deep values.

Sound and Fury Over Nothing

Sue VanDerzee | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Sue VanDerzee

What matters is not which of the two major parties' presidential candidates "won" the debate, but the fact that the American people were the losers. We lost because the largest questions of our times were never addressed, much less answered.

Do You Have a "Yes Man" in Your Life? A Post-Debate Lesson for Obama

Judy Farah | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Judy Farah

Gergen implied Obama has had a lot of 'yes' men/women around him, coddling him, telling him he's always right, terrific and fabulous. Do you?

Romney Campaign Says Candidate Didn't Have Cheat Sheet At The Debate

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics

The internet produced a theory on Friday that at Wednesday night's debate, Mitt Romney snuck a cheat sheet filled with notes on stage. The evidence co...

Weeklings!: Debate Tips for Obama (VIDEO)

Louis Virtel | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Louis Virtel

Unfortunately, cautiousness doesn't translate as well on primetime, so in today's episode of Weeklings! I'm offering some simple debating tips to help out Monsieur POTUS. Some of my methods may be controversial, but I assure you they're also ridiculous.

Astrology: Round #1 of the Presidential Debates

Larry Schwimmer | Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics
Larry Schwimmer

There is no question that President Obama lost the debate. From an astrological perspective, it might be interesting to review what happened?

The Presidential Debate Was Good Theater, But...

Jeffrey P. Colin | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey P. Colin

Those who do not see any personal benefit to paying taxes to help those in need frequently also have lots of money to invest in political outcomes. Does anyone honestly believe that the numerous groups of poor have the resources to change this reality?

And the Real Loser Is...

Robert Watson | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Robert Watson

With respect to Lehrer, he was lethargic and completely lost control of the debate. Throughout the evening he hesitated when informing the candidates who would go first in answering a question, even pausing as if to recall their names.

Paul Ryan's Moment of Truth: Why the VP Debate Matters More

Jeff B. Cohen, Esq. | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Jeff B. Cohen, Esq.

Even if he clobbered Obama in all three debates, he no longer has any credibility. Lincoln's adage holds up: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time." Put a fork in Willard. He's done.

No More Excuses

Bob Herbert | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics
Bob Herbert

It's time to stop making excuses for Barack Obama. With so much at stake in this election, his performance at the debate on Wednesday night was indefensible.

5 Things I Learned During Last Night's Debate

DJ Louie XIV | Posted 12.04.2012 | Comedy
DJ Louie XIV

I tried to go into last night's debate with as open a mind as possible, and with the intention of maybe even learning a few things. While these goals proved a wee bit lofty, I did take away a few things from last night's drab-fest.


The Daily Beast | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney’s debate performance could well trigger a “restart button” for his campaign, prompting a second look at him from those who have been...

The Winning Card: Obama and Democrats Need Social Security and Medicare

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

There's a lot of post-debate analysis going on -- some would say too much -- but not enough is being said about the ace in the Democrats' deck: defending Social Security and Medicare.

CARTOON: President Obama In Need Of An Energy Drink

Posted 10.04.2012 | Black Voices

Now that the smoke has cleared from last night's debates, it's pretty safe to say that viewers were shocked, confused and left asking one question abo...

Dear Candidates, Stop Phoning it In

Tamar Abrams | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Tamar Abrams

Bowles-Simpson? Come on, are we supposed to know what that is? And all the math lessons... At least we know what Romney likes -- coal, Big Bird, Jim Lehrer and presumably vacant smiles.

Why Debates Matter

Posted 10.04.2012 | Comedy

What do presidential debates and the internet have in common? They were both invented so we could have awesome GIFs, of course. Between these and the...

Romney Gains Ground On Obama Following Strong Debate

Reuters | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

* Romney viewed positively for first time in campaign * Republican nominee makes gains on economic issues * He shores up...