I fell asleep and snoozed through the first half of the debate. Some political correspondent I am. So please feel free to tell me how you felt about the first half-hour that I missed.
I woke up to Romney saying that he knows “how to balance budgets.” I will scream if I hear this idea that any budget is balanced in the same way once again. Does anybody still not understand that governing a country is not the same as balancing any other budget?
Obama was given a wonderful opportunity to talk about women’s issues and he squandered it by telling the same boring story about his mother and grandmother that he already told in the first debate. In those same words! I think he is trying to lose the election. And then he said “this is not women’s issue, this is a family issue and middle-class issue.” OK, folks, as a woman I find this hugely insulting. A woman has interests of her own that are separate from the interests of any family. And there are women who don’t belong to the middle-class. This was such a great chance to get the female vote and Obama did a phenomenally bad job.
Obama seems to believe that women are only worth existing if they bring up great men like him. Does he have a single female adviser preparing him to this debate?
The whole thing is hopeless. The supposedly pro-women candidate opens his mouth and tells us how great his Mommy and Grandma were and how women’s rights should only be defended as long as this benefits “the family.”
Romney shared d a bunch of baloney on the subject, too. “Stronger economy will benefit women all on its own.” This was not an answer to the question. Extremely strong economies have existed without benefiting women in the least. Does he own a history textbook?
Obama decided he needed to hammer down his idiotic point even more and said that contraception is important because “that is money from the family budget.” The possibility that there are crowds of women with their own budgets does not even begin to occur to him. There are women who make their own money and don’t ask any men to pay for their contraception, Mr. President. You better wake up and recognize that.
Obama used the expression “women and families” consistently. In his mind, women do not exist at all unless they serve some family need. He can’t even think in terms of just women, it seems.
Oh just shut the fuck up about “these are not women’s issues, these are family issues.” A few more slogans like this one and I will switch sides.
Obama didn’t manage to make the case that Romney is not different from Bush. This could have been another brilliant way to hit Romney but it was squandered, too. I don’t care, though, because I’m still reeling from “women and families” and “women’s issues do not exist.” Super valuable when said by a man. I told you, people, I’m a feminist first and everything else second. I hear “there are no women, there are just families”, and I care about nothing else.
Obama helps make Romney’s point that Romney is different from Bush. Is he insane? This is exactly what Romney wants.
Obama says, “This is not the kind of leadership that you need.” Very condescending. The entire campaign, all of the debates and the election itself is about people deciding for themselves what they need.
Romney says that unemployment hasn’t been reduced since 2008. Everybody knows that this is completely wrong.
And now Obama has said that Latino immigrants are gang-bangers. That is how it sounded to me. I wonder how he would feel if he said “black” and somebody immediately responded with “the ones who are gang-bangers or the good ones?” I think he has now alienated the Latin vote. Women gone, Latinos gone, who’s sticking around?
Of course, Romney is so disagreeable that the election seems to offer a very sad choice no matter whom you prefer.
There was a very weird “mine is bigger than yours” macho crap competition about where these two very rich men invested their huge pensions. In the meanwhile, women belong to the families and have no budgets of their own. Yes, I will be on this like a broken record for months. This is my blog, so deal with it.
Romney said that Obama started his presidency with an “apology tour.” That’s a great thing. Is he now trying to promote Obama? (Yes, I know he is pandering to his base. I’m just being facetious.)
Obama continues to present his sexist persona. “Hillary Clinton works for me!” in a tone that would have incensed me if my Chair or Dean discussed me in this manner.
Obama shares another boring story about “a guy and his Mom.” In his stories, women always appear as companions, caretakers and furniture surrounding the all important men. Men are protagonists. Women are supporting staff. He knows how crucial women’s vote is for this election, yet he didn’t even try to get some advice from women on how to speak about and to women without sounding like an overentitled male douche?
Romney decides to catch up with Obama in terms of sexism and suggests that people who have children without getting married are creating future criminals and drug lords. According to this bizarre logic, my niece Klubnikis, who already speaks 4 languages in complete phrases at age 2,5, who is surrounded by a crowd of adoring relatives and who is developed better than the absolute majority of kids her age according to every criterion, is doomed to go about waving an automatic rifle because her parents chose to live together without getting married officially. What an idiot.
Am I insane or did the moderator interrupt Obama with “Yeah, right”, said sarcastically under her breath?
The moderator is obviously extremely pro-Romney. Is it a normal practice to choose moderators who have such heavy political biases?
I don’t know who won the debate in your eyes but Obama lost it in my book with the way he handled the questions about women. I don’t care if this is how he really sees women or if he is pandering to the patriarchally minded folks in this country. I just know that if we had elected Hillary 4 years ago, we wouldn’t be hearing this crap today.
We need a female president, folks. These guys, with their Mommies, Grandmas and bored housewives cheering them on, have no idea how most women live in this country.
I wish I just continued sleeping through this debate because I have been extremely disappointed in Obama.