Tie Goes to the Runner

Did you watch the debate last night?  I only caught the first hour, which seemed like the least interesting.  The best part of the first hour was Obama’s angry glare, as if he was trying to make Romney’s head burst into flames.

Who won?

Well, Romney didn’t lose, and in this sort of race, a tie goes to the challenger.  He looked calm and presidential, and managed to thwart the “crazed Republican cowboy diplomacy” meme.  We’ll see how the polls change over the next few days, but I’m feeling generally positive about the debate.

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Hugo Hearts Obama

We’re known by our friends and by our enemies, and today, Obama completed the trifecta of dictator endorsements, adding Hugo Chavez.  Those other great lovers of oppression, Raul Castro and Vladimir Putin have already endorsed him.   Ex-KGB thug, Ras-Putin’s endorsement is, to me, the most unnerving and least surprising, especially now that he’s shipping weapons to the Syrian dictator.

I really hope Obama brings up his “reset” with Russia in the debate tonight, because if O thinks relations between the US and Russia have improved, they’ve only improved from the Russian point of view.

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Echoes of the USSR

I know – comparisons to the USSR may seem trite.  But as I was reading this article about taxpayer-funded battery maker, LG Chem, I felt a shiver.  According to employees, they’re not… actually… working.

Workers at  LG Chem, a $300 million lithium-ion battery plant heavily funded by taxpayers, tell Target 8 that they have  so little work to do that they spend hours playing cards and board games, reading magazines or watching movies.

They say it’s been going on for months.

“There would be up to 40 of us that would just sit in there during the day,” said former  LG Chem employee Nicole Merryman, who said she quit in May.

Substitute playing chess and drinking vodka for playing cards and board games, and you’ve got a pretty good picture of life in a Soviet company, where productivity was completely divorced from compensation or, indeed, employment.  After all, when you’re getting big fistfuls of cash from the government to make things go, the incentive to make an actual profit declines.  So why ask employees to actually work?  How boring and bourgeoisie!

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And They Said the Tea Party Was Dead

I’m kind of liking this Tea Party Victory Fund ad.  It’s brutal, but honest.  And kind of sad.

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Debate Thoughts

Watching the debate last night, I was reminded of two boys in a playground throwing sand at each other.  I’m glad Romney didn’t let Obama push him around, but was less impressed by the arguing with the moderator.  All in all, I’d call the debate a draw.  I don’t think it particularly helped or hurt Romney, though it did provide ammo for those folks inclined to throw their hands in the air and exclaim, “Politicians!  They’re all alike!”

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Obama Campaign Plummeting?

Hm…  I want to believe, but always wonder if I’m engagin in wishful thinking.

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Who Won the Veep Debate?

People see what they want to see.  So while I thought Joe Biden made himself an unlikable fellow with his rapid blinking and creepy smirk, I wasn’t sure how his mannerisms would play with the rest of the country.

Today, most of the polls seem to show Ryan winning the debate, if narrowly.  But ultimately, I think it was a solid Ryan win.  Biden’s likability factor has been tarnished and sadly, for many Americans, elections are popularity contests.  Biden has been promoted as a man with experience, and Ryan held his own against him, making himself look more vice presidential.  At this stage in the game, even a draw would have been a win for the Romney campaign – basically anything that doesn’t hinder Romney’s momentum is a plus.

Could Ryan have dealt with Biden better?  Probably.  The “liar liar pants on fire” meme has been developing within Democrat ranks since the Romney/Obama debate, and I suspect Obama will bring it to the next debate.  But how does one deal it appropriately?  Is staying calm and pleasantly stating the facts enough?

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