Wednesday, October 17, 2012

News Nuggets 1087

DAYEE PICTURE: A 1-year-old gibbon in a zoo in Thailand.  From the Daily Mail of the UK.

Saudi Textbooks Incite Hate, Say Leaders in American Publishing (Harold Evans) from the Daily Beast
"Despite promises to reform their textbooks, the Saudi education system continues to indoctrinate children with hatred and incitement. Seven current and former heads of major publishing houses address the critical importance of words."

Power of the Court: The Next President Could Appoint Two New Justices from the Editorial Board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Four members of the court are in their 70s -- Antonin Scalia, 76, Anthony M. Kennedy, 76, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 79, and Stephen G. Bryer, 74. So it's a fair bet that the candidate who wins on Nov. 6 will make at least one, maybe two appointments to the court."

Obama Leads 51-46 in Ohio from Public Policy Polling
"The key finding on this poll may be how the early voters are breaking out. 19% of people say they've already cast their ballots and they report having voted for Obama by a 76-24 margin. Romney has a 51-45 advantage with those who haven't voted yet, but the numbers make it clear that he already has a lot of ground to make up in the final three weeks before the election."

Did Liberal Hysteria Sink Obama? (Jonathan Chait) from New York Magazine 
"It’s hard to figure out just how the first presidential debate turned into such an overwhelming political debacle for President Obama. ... It seem as though a seismic wave of panic and demoralization spread out from the liberal elite during the debate and continues to wash over the campaign."

Now -- for lots of reactions to last night's debates!!
Tripping Over the Threshold Of an Actual Issue (Ed Kilgore) from the Washington Monthly
"Conservatives are beside themselves today attacking Crowley for
intervening, and also claiming that although she was technically right, Romney was ultimately correct in accusing the administration of insufficient clarity in blaming the killings on jihadist terrorist groups. To which I reply: too bad. This is what can happen when demagogues make a slip."

Mitt Romney's Missteps in Libyan Exchange Produce Viral Video Moment He Can Never Erase (Meteor Blades) from Daily Kos
"It was a major miscalculation. You could see from Mitt Romney's demeanor in the Tuesday night exchange over Libya that he saw himself catching President Obama in a "gotcha" moment. Instead he got got, producing one of the debate moments that has since gone viral to his campaign's detriment."

Live-Blogging The "Strangers With Candy" Debate (Andrew Sullivan) from the Daily Beast
" To my mind, Obama dominated Romney tonight in every single way: in substance, manner, style, and personal appeal. He came back like a lethal, but restrained predator. He was able to defend his own record, think swiftly on his feet, and his Benghazi answer was superb. He behaved like a president."

The Re-Emergence of dick Romney (Markos Moulitsas) from Daily Kos
"I watched CNN's feed because of their dial focus group of undecided voters. ... One thing you see very clearly is that these undecideds really hate personal attacks. ... By the middle of the debate, the dial group had decided they didn't like Romney and punished him with tepid responses to even his better answers. See what had happened here?  People realized that Mitt Romney is a dick."

Obama Had Everything On the Line and Delivered, While Romney Sputtered (Robert Shrum) from the Daily Beast
"Sit down, Mitt—the president just passed you by. Robert Shrum breaks down Romney’s mistakes, Obama’s success—and why Republicans are already trying to turn the public against Candy Crowley."

Round 2: Obama (Marc Ambinder) from The Week
"What I thought: Obama killed it. He outdebated Romney, he never once seemed churlish, he had a better command of the facts, and he conveyed the aura of a man who is confident about his choices. Romney kept hitting bumps."

Obama's Triumph (Robert Wright) from the Atlantic
"My instant reaction to the debate: I'm kind of amazed at how well Obama did. Granted, I'm an Obama supporter and a pessimist, so I guess I went into the debate with low expectations. Still: ... Republican flacks had invested hugely in this issue going into the debate, clearly seeing it as a major vulnerability, and I assumed the best Obama could hope for here was a draw. But he actually prevailed."

Mitt Romney's Peevish, Prickly Debate Flop (Joshua Green) from Businessweek
"I thought Mitt Romney’s second debate was nearly as bad as Barack Obama’s first debate. ... Obama greatest strength was that he showed up prepared. Romney relied heavily on brute assertion. ... Romney, too, came equipped with plenty of facts. But in his answers, he seemed to be mentally shuffling through his talking points, often without managing to pull the right one."

Barack is Back: Calms Base, was 'Coiled Like a Cat' -- Romney Misses Opportunities but Stays in Game -- Race Back to Jump Ball for Moms (Mike Allen) from Politico
"Last night was Governor Romney’s last, best chance, because the next debate is foreign policy, where President Obama is strong. ...  But at least in obvious rewards, Obama got a ton more out of last night than Romney did."

Obama Finally Fights -- and Wins (John Cassidy) from the New Yorker 
"Even Charles Krauthammer and Laura Ingraham said that he won on points. With this type of unanimity, the media narrative for the next few days, which is at least as important as the debate itself, will run in favor of Obama and against Romney. The G.O.P. candidate, rather than being praised for having delivered a strong indictment of Obama’s economic record—the CBS News poll showed that sixty-five per cent of viewers thought he won the economic exchanges, against just thirty-seven per cent who thought Obama did—will be criticized for his blunders on Libya, guns, and women."

Romney Somehow Manages to Bungle His Biggest Opportunity to Attack on Foreign Policy (Daniel Larison) from the American Conservative
"Romney has no foreign policy experience, and tonight everyone clearly saw that. He is superficially conversant with foreign policy issues, but hasn’t taken the time to learn enough about them to speak about them effectively or persuasively. Romney’s bad judgment and his lack of preparation on this front were on display, and it has probably become clear to a much wider audience that Romney lacks important qualifications for the Presidency."

2 Points on the Second Debate (James Fallows) from the Atlantic
"1) Obama was as strong and "on" tonight as he was weak and flat the first time.  2) In debate #1, Romney illustrated one of the main points about his debate performance: how good he can be when prepared. In debate #2, he illustrated the other: that he can be rattled, off-message, and
error-prone when caught in a surprise move."
Fallows then goes on to explain these two points.

Understanding the Undecided (Brian McFadden) from Daily Kos

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