1. Obama’s Ministry of Truth is working hard for him, but it is no longer powerful enough to deliver him this election.
It’s too early to tell, of course, but my gut is that what Candy Crowley did last night in service to Obama will be a breaking point for a lot of people in the long run.
I talked to a friend of mine in California late last night after the debate and she very astutely said that few people ever remember what was actually said in these things, but they remember the demeanor and behavior of the people involved.
The takeaway from last night was that Romney was serious and professional and seemed optimistic. He would not back down and he had fight in him but his tone was always positive and he presented himself as someone who was capable of fixing the problems we’re facing.
Obama was belligerent, caustic, and abrasive and looked like he was charged up with cocaine. He interrupted, was petulant, and played to his base that loves that sort of behavior.
The moderator was clearly on Obama’s side and actually injected herself into the debate to help him when he got in trouble…and then afterwards she was called on it and had to admit she was wrong to behave like that.
I think it’s going to be hard for anyone to claim that the national media is not a Ministry of Truth that exists to help Democrats. This was painfully obvious last night. It reminds me, actually, of a time when I dated a guy named Harvey and suspected he had been cheating on me…but I could never prove it. But I knew he had to be cheating because his being a cheater was the only explanation for a lot of the odd things he did that didn’t add up any other way. So then one day I happened to look at his phone as text messages came in and saw that, yes, he was meeting up with guys for hookups here and there that matched up with all the times he was late for something or said he couldn’t make it to something because he was stuck at work. Once I saw those texts, it was over and all my suspicions were confirmed. In fact, I instantly put together all sorts of mysteries and realize the cheating was in fact much worse than I had previously even suspected. But, I needed that last piece of the puzzle to bring the whole picture into focus.
THAT, dear readers, is what the American public is going to do on some level because of Candy Crowley’s behavior last night. ...