Jan 192012
 

Late to the game. Heading in!

10:12 PM

Oh, crap. That was a false ending. Who wrote this speech? Peter Jackson?

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10:11 PM

Looks like he’s ending on a “praise the military” note again. Well played.

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10:09 PM

Biden keeps looking at his hands! IS HE ON A SMART PHONE?

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10:08 PM

Hrmmm…Hillary didn’t look like she cared for the “no options off the table” comment about Iran.

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10:02 PM

Didn’t President Bush make the same “up or down vote” request of a Democratic majority?

 

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10:01 PM

Wait, what? You mean elected officials shouldn’t be able to own stocks in industries they regulate?

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09:57 PM

Tom Coburn is like “Dude, what?! Leave me out of this crap!”

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09:56 PM

Ugh. He said “fair share” again. #drink

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09:56 PM

You don’t think the President is pointing out that whole tax rate thing because of Mitt’s return, do ya? #naaaahhh

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09:54 PM

“No side issues. No drama.” Oh, Mr. President. You’re so cute.

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09:54 PM

Boehner grudgingly applauds calls not to raise the payroll tax again.

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09:53 PM

Yeahhh…No Republican applause on Richard Cordray. Not a big shocker there. #sourgrapes

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09:52 PM

Obama says he won’t go back on Dodd-Frank or the Affordable Care Act.

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09:50 PM

Wooooow. That was a REALLY bad joke.

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09:48 PM

As a homeowner who is seriously underwater on his mortgage and paying 6.75% interest I’d really like for that refinancing thing to go through.

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09:47 PM

“Do some nation building right here at home.” Yet another novel concept!

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09:45 PM

Actually, the easiest way to save money is to not spend it, Mr. Presdient. I mean…technically speaking.

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09:44 PM

Stop subsidizing big oil? More crazy talk!

 

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09:41 PM

Umm…Mr. President? Not sure you want the Government to take credit for frakking. #justsayin

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09:40 PM

And another promise from another President to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. #believeitwheniseeit

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09:39 PM

POTUS reminds everyone that the internet was basically created by the Government. Kinda counters that whole “government can’t innovate” thing.

 

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09:37 PM

“Women should earn equal pay for equal work.” Well…yeah. I thought that was pretty well accepted as the right thing.

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09:36 PM

How many Presidents have promised to do something about illegal immigration during this address?

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09:35 PM

“If you can’t stop tuition from going up, the funding you get from taxpayers will go down.” How will that help students?

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09:33 PM

Huh. The President wants to require that all states force kids to stay in high school until they graduate or turn 18.

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09:32 PM

“Stop teaching to the test.” YES. YES. THAT.

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09:32 PM

Thank you, Mr. President, for reminding the nation that Teachers are freakin’ important.

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09:30 PM

Er…I didn’t know that getting an education was that hard.

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09:29 PM

Ooo…The President is promoting education. That’s crazy talk!

 

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09:28 PM

Sounds like maybe Obama wants to try and find better ways to do what SOPA and PIPA were supposed to do.

 

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09:25 PM

That’s a lot of tax cuts, Mr. President. Republicans like tax cuts, right?

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09:24 PM

I really, really wish that Obama would stop using the term “fair share.” It’s a lightning rod for the right.

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09:22 PM

Obama is taking credit for the recovery of the auto industry. That’s a good thing for sure, but it was a circumvention of the Free Market.

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09:20 PM

Mr. President, I love how you’re sounding all full of conviction. Where has that been the last three years?

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09:19 PM

Eric Cantor applauds the fact that 3 million jobs have been created. Boehner? Not so much. Boehner apparently hates jobs.

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09:17 PM

Boehner almost forgot to clap dis-affectedly for that last statement.

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09:16 PM

Obama says the most important issue of our time is to keep the American Dream alive. Subtle nod to his “rags to riches” story.

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09:14 PM

Start off by praising the armed forces and the accomplishments they made in 2011. “Imagine what we could accomplish if we followed their example.”

 

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09:09 PM

Yay Gabby Giffords!

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09:08 PM

Wow. Boehner already looks like he smelled a fart and Obama hasn’t started talking. Must be Biden.

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08:26 PM

Just tuned into the pre-show at whitehouse.gov. There was video of the first lady and Desmond Tutu doing pushups. PAUSE.

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10:49 PM

Whelp. Debate is over. I’ll be back tomorrow night to cover the State of the Union. I’m sure you’re excited.

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10:44 PM

Gonna have to agree with my Twitter buddy from across the aisle @BXGD. Good showing for Romney.

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10:41 PM

Brian Wilson says “Go Bulls.” Best audience reaction of the night.

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10:40 PM

Newt – “Don’t be for me. Be with me. I have an open candidacy.” #hesaiditwithhiseyes

 

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10:38 PM

Holy crap. ANOTHER nod to Bondi?

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10:38 PM

“I have a record. You should look at my record. It has ALL FOUR BEATLES ON IT.” – Romney #oknotreally #wouldbebetter

 

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10:37 PM

“Conservative means smaller Government and more liberty.” – Ron Paul. Says Gov should get out of our personal lives.

 

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10:35 PM

Dude. Romney and Santorum are both sucking up to Pam Bondi. What the hell?

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10:34 PM

OBAMA CRUSHES FREEDOM.

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10:31 PM

Apparently raising a family promotes Conservatism. Shit. I’m a Conservative!

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10:31 PM

The Republican Party has a soul? #cheapshot

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10:25 PM

Annnnnd Gingrich falls back on Dodd-Frank criticism. Wow.

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10:25 PM

“If tax cuts create jobs, why didn’t the Bush tax cuts work.” THANK YOU FOR FINALLY ASKING THAT QUESTION.

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10:22 PM

Romney says that Obama doesn’t have a mission or vision for NASA. Bush did, though! Get to Mars! Oh….wait…

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10:21 PM

Ron Paul makes the only valid point about the Schaivo case. Have a Living Will. Can we move on now?

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10:20 PM

You know what the Terry Schaivo issue begat? Glenn Freakin’ Beck.

 

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10:18 PM

A Terry Schaivo question? Wooow. Kickin’ it old school.

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10:14 PM

If these candidates are supposed to demonstrate that they understand Florida issues they are all failing miserably.

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10:12 PM

Romney says that EVERYTHING Obama has done has made it harder for people in Florida. #thoughtIlivedinFlorida

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10:11 PM

“Get rid of subsidies and let the market work.” – Romney. A point I agree on!

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10:10 PM

Gingrich seems almost giddy over getting questions over the sugar subsidies.

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10:08 PM

“We’d have a card that shows that people are here legally.” – Romney. You mean…like….a…Green card?

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10:07 PM

Gingrich says it’s ok to break the law if you serve in the military, but not if you go to college. Got it.

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10:05 PM

Umm…Did Romney just say “they no speak English?”

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10:05 PM

“Our kids were being taught in foreign languages in our own schools.” – Romney. THE HORROR.

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10:03 PM

“Why is it ok for you to court voters in Spanish, but not ok for the government to offer services to those same people?” OH SNAP.

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10:02 PM

Santorum claims that tankers are the oil spill problem. Deepwater Horizon? Not a tanker.

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10:02 PM

Santorum is dodging the question, but if you listen to what he’s saying? Offshore Drilling all over the Gulf.

 

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10:01 PM

Yessss…Offshore oil drilling questions. This should be fun.

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10:00 PM

Santorum is again claiming that a Theocracy is bad. The irony, it burns. #familyfaithvalues

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09:59 PM

Santorum stares at Brian Wilson like the question he’s asking is completely ludicrous.

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09:58 PM

Tonight’s debate is brought to you by Cigar City Jai Alai IPA.

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09:54 PM

Break number two. Time to get out the beer.

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09:53 PM

President Obama just yelled “O RLY?!?!” at his TV screen.

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09:52 PM

“Gov. Romney, how do you end a war in Afghanistan without talking to the Taliban.” “By beating them.”

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09:51 PM

Everyone keeps saying we’ve been at war for 10 years. Did I miss Congress passing a Declaration of War?

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09:50 PM

“Our Navy is now smaller than it was in 1917.” – Romney..But, umm…still bigger than everyone else’s?

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09:49 PM

Santorum says that Cuba will become a launching pad for Jihadists.

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09:48 PM

“We don’t have to use force and intimidation and overthrow governments.” Equates that kind of policy to the Dark Ages.

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09:46 PM

How long has Castro been in power now???

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09:46 PM

Gingrich says that Obama is a fault for not starting a “Cuban Spring.” Buh what?

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09:44 PM

Romney thinks you should thank mythical sky wizards when people you don’t like die.

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09:44 PM

Seriously, what the hell? Are they really trying to make the case that Dodd-Frank caused the economic problems we’re having?

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09:43 PM

Dodd-Frank was passed in 2010. The economy tanked in 2008. Sorry, Newt. You can’t blame Dodd-Frank.

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09:39 PM

Santorum thinks you should be able to deduct losses from the sale of an underwater house. Not a bad idea, really.

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09:33 PM

30 minutes in and Brian Williams completely loses control of the debate.

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09:31 PM

Newt tries to draw a comparison between Romney working for Bain and his working for Freddie Mac. That’s a bridge too far, Newty.

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09:30 PM

Romney pretty effectively calls bullcrap on Newt’s claims to have not been a lobbyist for Freddie Mac.

 

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09:28 PM

Newt is trying to fall back on the “nasty politics” defense to combat lobbyist claims.

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09:27 PM

(That stance being that Capitalism was circumvented by the bailouts and the market should have been left to deal with the problems that TARP “solved.”)

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09:25 PM

GAH. Santorum takes a stance that I agree with. Now I have Santorum all over me.

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09:24 PM

Romney says he didn’t inherit his money, but if he’s trying to pretend he started on the same grounds as folks like you and me he’s full of crap.

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09:23 PM

Romney makes it clear that he won’t release the tax returns from his years at Bain Capital.

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09:21 PM

I like the fact that Brian Williams keeps trying to get the candidates to actually answer the question he’s asked. #crazy

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09:20 PM

Romney says there isn’t going to be anything newsworthy in his tax returns. Diverts question to talking about taxes of the American people.

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09:18 PM

Gingrich slips in a reminder that he was endorsed by Rick Perry.

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09:17 PM

Brian Williams trying to pin Ron Paul down on whether he will run as a third-party candidate.

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09:15 PM

Santorum says he was a Conservative before it was cool to be a Conservative. #hipsterPolitician

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