Rush Limbaugh declares Romney winner of debate, Facts not lies win presidential debates, Barack Obama and Candy Crowley lies being discussed
“It — it — it — he did in fact, sir. … He did call it an act of terror.”…Candy Crowley
“But Crowley and Obama had it wrong. the Post’s Glenn Kessler explained:
What did Obama say in the Rose Garden a day after the attack in Libya? ”No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this nation,” he said.
But he did not say “terrorism”—and it took the administration days to concede that that it an “act of terrorism” that appears unrelated to initial reports of anger at a video that defamed the prophet Muhammad.”…Washington Post Oct. 17, 2012
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it”…Joseph Goebbels
From Rush Limbaugh October 17, 2012.
RUSH: I’m seriously amazed. I really am, ladies and gentlemen, seriously amazed at the uniformity of thought and opinion across the spectrum on the debate last night. I must tell you, in all honesty, my view of what happened last night is not even close to what I’m hearing on Fox News, on MSNBC, on CNN, in the New York Times and the Washington Post. Well, actually, you know, some of the newspaper editorials are closer to the way I saw this last night than some of the people on television.
Let me start out by stating something patently obvious. Maybe put it to you in the form of a question. Addressing one of the things that I have detected that people on our side are most concerned about, outside of Candy Crowley, which we’ll deal with here in just a second. Libya. Romney had a big opening. He didn’t close it. He didn’t secure it. He could have said, “What are you talking about, terror attack? You blamed a video for two weeks.” He didn’t say that.
Are any of you not going to vote for Mitt Romney because he didn’t have something to say at a crucial moment that you wanted him to say? Is somebody gonna vote for Barack Obama that wasn’t going to because Mitt Romney didn’t say, “You were talking about a video for two weeks.” No, of course not. There weren’t any votes lost by Romney last night, and there weren’t any votes gained by Obama. Seriously. So the whole notion I’m hearing of scoring this thing on points, this isn’t a college debate where you lose for technique according to some scoring system. This was an entirely different dynamic, and it’s one that Obama came nowhere near overcoming. The problem that he had going in is not one that he got anywhere near solving.
My friends, I want you to know something here. I’m not speaking with preferences guiding my comments, and I’m not speaking with hope or false promises. I’m shooting you straight as best I can. I watched this debate last night and I saw another halting, choppy, staccato-speaking Barack Obama, wandering aimlessly, speaking in theory, speaking in faculty lounge lizard theoretical non-reality. I saw cliche after cliche. I heard liberal cliche after cliche.
The first question was some college kid who wants to know about a job and Obama talks to him about manufacturing jobs? This kid isn’t going to college to learn how to weld. He’s not going to college to find a manufacturing job. And Obama answers his question that way? Through most of this debate I was thinking, here’s Romney, Mr. Smooth, he is in total command of the facts. He is once again totally decimating Obama’s economic performance. Obama, in his closing remarks, was reduced to sounding like me, when everybody knows he doesn’t believe a word of what he said. He doesn’t believe in rugged individualism. He doesn’t believe in self-reliance. He doesn’t believe in any of those things.
Why doesn’t that matter when people start scoring these debates? They look at these debates and they score some system that’s foreign to me. Style points or any number of odd things that are irrelevant in a presidential campaign. But I didn’t see Barack Obama dazzling anybody with a defense of his record. I didn’t hear Barack Obama talk about his great plans for the future. I heard Barack Obama even at one point say “when I was president” as though it’s in the past tense. I saw a nervous, staccato speaking, choppy. In fact, everybody talks about how Romney got a raw deal from Candy Crowley, and he did, but it is what it is.
There was a point in that debate last night — Kathryn and I are sitting there watching it — and I was so stunned by what I saw that I hit the pause on the DVR. And I said, “Do you realize what we just saw here?” And what it was was a full-fledged destruction of the Obama record by Mitt Romney. Every stat you could want. Household income falling, unemployment up, the number of people out of the workforce, the number of jobs lost since Obama took office, the number of people totally out of work, 23 million. Every economic statistic that detailed the crumbling aspects of this regime. And Candy Crowley — on second thought, maybe she did him a favor — did not let Obama respond. She didn’t make Romney stop prematurely, he finished, and then she went on to the next question.
Now that I think about it now, and now that we know what we know, there’s no question she was trying to save Obama by making sure he didn’t have to deal with that. But the bottom line is, for everybody who thinks that Romney had a minor screw up here because he didn’t point out that Obama had been saying it’s a video for two weeks, Obama did not have a syllable to say in refutation, in disagreement with Romney’s sterling recitation of his failures. There wasn’t one retort. There wasn’t one reply to it. There wasn’t one accusation that Romney had said anything that wasn’t true.
In fact, today, the day after, the only people who are accused of saying things that are not true are Barack Obama and Candy Crowley, not Mitt Romney. I kid you not. That’s the debate I saw. I once again saw an Obama who looked uncomfortable and unprepared and full of, “Eh, uh, eh, uh.” I didn’t see Mr. Smooth. I didn’t see Mr. In Command of Facts. I didn’t see anybody who was eager to defend his performance and his record. Folks, I’m gonna apologize to you because I simply do not have a recollection or an analysis of what I saw last night that is anywhere close to what I’ve seen — and I haven’t seen it all — to what I saw on television last night. “