Presidential debate

Debate notes: Obamacare must be destroyed

Featured image It is a very strange fact: the signal accomplishment of Barack Obama’s past four years in office is Obamacare, yet it remains unpopular and mostly out of sight in the campaign. Candy Crowley did not seen fit to call on any undecided Democratic voter at the Hofstra University debate who wanted to raise Obamacare as an issue. Nevertheless, President Obama injected it in response to the question posed by Katherine »

Debate notes: The 72 percent fallacy

Featured image At the Hofstra University presidential debate this past Tuesday (I’m working from the WaPo transcript here), Candy Crowley called on Katherine Fenton to ask this groaner of a question: “In what new ways to you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females making only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn?” This is such an old canard I thought that Governor Romney might challenge the »

Romney is winning the Bain wars

Featured image Almost six years ago, as Mitt Romney prepared to enter the 2008 presidential campaign, his team believed that Romney’s business experience would be a huge plus. According to my sources, Romney and his staff saw a public that yearned, in the aftermath of President Bush, for a super-competent leader. Given Romney’s enormous sucess at Bain and with the 2002 Winter Olympics, he seemed to ooze super-competence. Things didn’t go according »

Rasmussen’s latest: Romney 49, Obama 47

Featured image Today’s Rasmussen tracking poll shows Mitt Romney leading President Obama by two points, 49-47. This poll encompasses three days of nightly polling, including one day of post-second debate polling. Thus, roughly one-third of those in the survey were polled after the Tuesday debate. Yesterday’s Rasmussen poll included no post-debate responses. In that poll, Romney led 49-48. It’s too early to draw any conclusions from Rasmussen polling about the impact of »

CNN admits that Crowley’s disregard of the rules was intended to help Obama

Featured image If authentic, CNN’s memo explaining why Candy Crowley permitted President Obama to speak four minutes more than Mitt Romney during Tuesday’s presidential debate is devastating to that network: On why Obama got more time to speak, it should be noted that Candy and her commission producers tried to keep it even but that Obama went on longer largely because he speaks more slowly. We’re going to do a word count »

Senator Johnson explains

Featured image Senator Ron Johnson sat down with the Wall Street Journal’s Mary Kissel yesterday to discuss the second presidential debate as well as to display his slide show on our national crisis of debt and entitlement spending. His charts and graphs do a good job of summarizing some of the ultimately unavoidable issues facing us. Senator Johnson is an impressive guy who has a contribution to make. I found the video »

CNN Explains

Featured image TMZ says it has obtained an email from CNN’s Managing Editor, Mark Whitaker, to CNN personnel. The email sets out talking points in response to criticism of Candy Crowley’s performance as a debate moderator last night. It is pretty funny; this is the complete email, according to TMZ: Let’s start with a big round of applause for Candy Crowley for a superb job under the most difficult circumstances imaginable. She »

The Referee Dons Boxing Gloves

Featured image I didn’t think Candy Crowley was as bad last night as some (including Paul) have said. But there is no doubt she stepped in it when she ruled in Barack Obama’s favor on Libya, as she herself has essentially admitted. Michael Ramirez puts into graphic form the boxing metaphor that so many (including me) have used with respect to the debates: Michael Ramirez is the most plugged-in editorial cartoonist I »

To what extent is the public listening to Obama?

Featured image It’s a commonplace that when a challenger debates an incumbent president, the challenger gains in stature if he hangs in there effectively with the president. Mitt Romney certainly met that standard last night. If this had been the first debate, the story would be that, regardless of who had the better of it on this or that point, Romney gained by hanging in there with Obama. But of course, Romney »

The atmospherics of last night’s debate

Featured image I’m a fan of Yuval Levin, and I think his take on last night’s debate is well worth reading because he makes a shrewd point I haven’t seen elsewhere. Levin focuses on the impact of having the audience questions come from “undecideds” from Nassau County, as opposed to, say, Ohio or Virginia. Last night’s “undecideds” tended to sound like disappointed Democrats. Accordingly, their questions often contained liberal premises (as with »

Tweet of the Day

Featured image One of my daughters forwarded this tweet to me during last night’s debate: »

Essentially a draw, but whom does it help?

Featured image Many of us expected to see a vastly improved Barack Obama in tonight’s debate, and that he would find his groove at around the mid-point between his laid back first performance and Joe Biden’s over-the-top performance art. As it turned out, Obama met, and probably exceeded, these expectations. He debated quite well, attacking Romney effectively, defending his record as well as he could, and presenting himself to the audience as »

What Happened Tonight

Featured image I’ve been following the presidential debate tonight with 1,800 Power Line fans on Power Line Live, and tweeting here and there as well. So: what happened? I predicted on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show that Mitt Romney would do well. He did. I predicted that Barack Obama would do better than last time–he would almost have to. He did. I expressed concern that there would be argumentative curve balls from the »

Join Us At PL Live for Tonight’s Debate (Plus Media Alert)

Featured image Tonight is the big night: Barack Obama will try to get up off the canvas and punch himself back into the lead in the presidential race. He promises to be more “aggressive” than last time, while not going so far as to make a fool of himself like Joe Biden. Meanwhile, the format is a town hall. How will the allegedly undecided voters and Candy Crowley skew the questions to »

Entering Home Stretch, Presidential Race Hasn’t Changed

Featured image Mitt Romney took the initiative and the lead with his thrashing of Barack Obama in their first debate, and little or nothing has changed since then. Today’s Rasmussen survey finds Romney leading Obama 49%-47%. So the race continues to be remarkably free of volatility. As we anticipated, the vice-presidential debate sparked a lot of controversy, but has had little or no impact on the race. One factor that probably buoys »

Biden vs. Biden

Featured image Justin Folk, winner of the Power Line Prize (and the less prestigious Doritos Super Bowl ad competition), made this very funny video, in which Joe Biden’s grimaces, chuckles and raised eyebrows find a more appropriate object–himself: »

Biden Is Laughing, Are You?

Featured image The RNC is following up on Joe Biden’s Tourette’s-like performance tonight, as he smirked and laughed in a weird, dissociated fashion throughout the Vice-presidential debate. Let’s hope that this is how many millions of people saw tonight’s debate, despite Paul Ryan’s failure to capitalize: This kind of feverish spinning wouldn’t be necessary if Ryan had done a better job, but let’s hope that it at least keeps the playing field »