Presidential debate open thread

Ready to rumbleYes, I’ll be watching but only reluctantly.  I hate that these things not only boil down to one-liners, flubs,  and “gotchas” – not to mention the typical unfairness of the moderators – but I also don’t like the fact that there are so many people in this country who don’t judge the sum total of a candidate’s public service career but instead judge them through the prism of 60 second canned answers to complex issues.

I hope Romney does well, of course, but even if he does the MSM will still paint it as a “win” for President Obama.

Debate time is 9 ET. For those who can’t watch it on TV, you can catch it at C-SPAN.

I”ll be doing some live-tweeting on and off of the debate as well.

#PagingMSM: The Obama campaign has a serious messaging problem

Vice President Biden, yesterday in Charlotte:

“This is deadly earnest, man. This is deadly earnest,” the vice president said. “How they can justify, how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that has been buried the last four years — how in Lord’s name can they justify raising their taxes with these tax cuts.”

Former WH spox turned senior Obama campaign adviser Robert Fibbs:

“Let’s be clear, the middle class has been buried for a lot longer than the time that we’ve been dealing with bad economic decisions from the former administration.”

Obama deputy campaign manager and pathological liar Stef Cutter:

“We’re not blaming our predecessor by any means, but we don’t think we should return to the same policies that crashed the economy.”

Uh, wha?

Will our celebrity President be on or off message tonight during the debate?  Or, rather, perhaps he could clarify exactly what that message is? I’m getting very confused ….

New OPSEC ad: “Bumps in the Road?”`

**Posted by Phineas

OPSEC comprises a group of former Special Forces and intelligence personnel who have criticized President Obama before for revealing classified information in pursuit of his reelection. They’ve come out with a new ad in the Virginia market smacking the president for his “bumps in the road” description of the deaths of Americans in Benghazi:

It’s a smart ad buy; Virginia is both a swing state and heavily military. I doubt many there will appreciate the comparison of the president’s victory laps for the killing of bin Laden on the one hand, and his dismissal of military deaths as “bumps in the road” on the other.

OPSEC has a web site for donations. If you feel that this is an important message to get out to other battleground states, consider sending them a few bucks.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Happy Blogiversary to the ST blog – and to @EdMorrissey as well!

Nine years* of taking it to the left, their allies in the mainstream media, and sometimes taking my own “side” to task when I’ve found it necessary. And still going strong.

Thanks to you, my dear readers, I am still here today – doing what I love to do. Whether I have 10 readers or 100,000, this is my passion & I will continue to share my opinions on all kinds of issues until God decides it’s my time.

It’s funny – whenever I feel burned out on writing, usually the far left does something stupid or outrageous that causes the fire inside me to burn all over again. And then it’s on. Again.

These days due to work commitments I have more time to micro-blog on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook than I do long-form blogging, but either way, it’s information sharing, it’s debating, it’s calling out politicians and the MSM when they go astray, when they misrepresent, when they lie, when they do something good – all in the name of keeping them both accountable for what they say and what they do. Because a well-informed (not MIS-informed) Republic is the best kind.

Would like to give a couple of extra big shout outs to two people: my co-blogger Phineas, who has done an outstanding job here for over a year (or has it been over two??) as my co-blogger – who has been a monster on the Fast and Furious issue (and we all love him for it). His help has been invaluable to me and his contributions to this blog have brought more readers here and to his own site as well. And also, big props to fellow blogger Ed Morrissey of Hot Air fame, who also shares the same year and day blogiversary that I do. Ed started out at Captain’s Quarters doing his own blog thing, but his writing was so thoughtful and his manner of getting his points across so engaging with his readers that it wasn’t long before he started writing for some pretty important conservative publications before eventually landing a nice gig at Hot Air where he has been for several years now. The blogosphere is a better place because Ed’s in it and he continues to inspire many up and coming conservative writers to be the best they can be. Thanks for all you do, Ed.

Here’s to many more years of us giving the left hell. Cheers! : )

*I actually dabbled in blogging before October 2003, but October 2003 is when I first started blogging on a consistent, daily basis so that’s when I consider my official anniversary to be.?