5 Bizarre Examples of Conservative Denial Over Obama's Strong Debate Performance
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When a Democrat stumbles, liberals are inconsolable. Hands are wrung, garments are rent and plans to relocate to Canada are drawn up. When a Republican has a bad perfomance, conservatives approach it a bit differently – with impressive denial. They find the story that the LIEbrul media isn't telling them, parse words endlessly to show that up is, in fact, down and generally declare victory over the forces of darkness. The Washington Generals always beat those hapless Globetrotters.
With the polls showing a modest Obama victory in the second debate – and the conventional wisdom settling in that Obama did exactly what he needed to do, while Romney made some noteworthy stumbles – the right's noise machine is cranked up, and they're hard at work shaping the narrative that Fox Nation will hear about last night's show. Here's a roundup.
1. Straight-Up, Alternate Universe-Style Denial
There have been some impressive displays of intellectual contortionism in the aftermath of the debate, but Sean Hannity isn't having any of that fancy stuff. He'll take his spin straight.
Game, set, match...one of the best debate performances ever by Mitt Romney #HofstraDebate
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) October 17, 2012
Same goes for Dick Morris: “Romney continued his victorious string of debate wins... this debate goes to Romney. It seals his momentum and will lead to a big win.”
Baghdad Bob couldn't have said it any better. And good news for nervous Obama supporters: Morris is always wrong.
2. Mitt Won On Substance
Ace of Spades, an A-List conservative blogger, has decided that issues matter, not who stupid swing-state voters think “won.” and what does winning mean anyway?
CBS gives it to Obama, among registered voters 37-30. CNN's registered voters gives it to Obama 46-39.
But on actual issues -- the ones that will determine this election -- Romney destroyed him.
CNN's focus group claimed they thought Obama "won." They had it something like 14 for Obama, 15 draw, 6 Romney.
But even that group said this-- on the question of "Who offers a better vision for the future?," Romney edged Obama 18-17...
You always have to question what the criteria people are employing when you ask them who "won." I think people are rating the performance. And narrowly saying, on performance, it was a close thing, but edge to Obama.
But ask about who actually reached them on the most important issues, and it's Romney, all the way.
So they seem to be distinguishing between performance and substance.
Romney wins the substance, pretty clearly.
I'll take it. And give Obama his charity performance points.
3. When in Doubt, Blame the Moderator
Joseph Curl, writing in the Moonie Times, sums up the common conservative view that if only there'd been a level playing field, Romney would have reduced Obama to tears.
Another debate, another debacle for America’s media.
In the runup to the second presidential debate, CNN’s Candy Crowley declared that she would not just be a “fly on the wall” as she played the tiny role of moderator, that she would step in whenever she chose to say, “Hey, wait a second, what about X, Y, Z?”
And boy did she, cutting off Republican Mitt Romney repeatedly and often throwing the floor to President Obama with an open “let me give the president a chance here.”