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Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 09:34 PM PDT

It wasn't that bad, darnit! (I think)

by Haikos

All right, I just watched the debate with my mother, who is both more experienced and marginally more politically savvy than I am, and we came to the same conclusion:  That Obama came across as measured and presidential, while Romney was petulant and wandered over the line into incoherence at about an hour and ten minutes.  The verdict: minor win for Obama.

Then we watched the post-debate coverage.  Imagine our surprise.

I have three takeaways I'd like to share.  They're lurking under the orange first-place debate ribbon. . .

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Heya everyone,

I'm a long-time lurker, long enough that I had no idea what my username was let alone my password, and had to track down my own information.

Like many of the rest of you, lately (by which I mean for most of the last decade) I've been sad when I look around at which this country has become.  I've been scared.  But most of all I've been angry.  There's a political ad which had been kicking around in the back of my head for the past several wees, and yesterday it finally crystallized.  I have none of the skills required to create it--I know absolutely nothing about editing/splicing/recording video.  But I have the words:  I can hear them; I can see them.  I think they need to be heard, so here they are. . .

Back in 2010, one of the highest ranking Republicans in Washington said this:

[clip of McConnell saying that stopping Obama's re-election is the single most important thing they want to achieve]

Now, we all know that the Republicans hate our president. . .

[clips of Obama effigies hanging and burning, of tea-partiers with their vile signs, etc.]

. . . but how far are they willing to go?

Given the choice, would Republicans help rebuild the industries like GM which define us as a country. . . or would they rather beat Barack Obama?

[clip of McConnell]

Given the choice, would Republicans work to fix our broken health-care system. . . or would they rather beat Barack Obama?

[clip of McConnell]

Given the choice, would Republicans defend our country against terrorists like Osama bin Laden. . . or would they rather beat Barack Obama?

[clip of McConnell]

Given the choice, would Republicans do what was necessary to save this country from another catastrophic economic meltdown. . . or would they rather beat Barack Obama?

[clip of McConnell]

We know what the Republicans want, and what they stand for.

[clip of our president, saying something like, "I'm Barack Obama, and I stand with the American people."]

What do you want, and who will you stand with?

That's what I have.  Thanks for listening.

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