But I'm using a break from work to post.
First off, the debates. If you read nothing else, read "The King of Self-Love sings to the Choir (Ava and C.I.)" and marvel over it.
They wrote this intensive critique and did it (a) while on the road, (b) in between two speeches and (c) while dealing with a baby with a fever and cranky (Ava's daughter). Kat called me about a book she's looking for and can't find and I told her I'd go look at the bookstore by my work at lunch. I then said, "Wow. Did you read Ava and C.I.?" And she said she couldn't believe they pulled that off. She said before the fever broke, they were taking turns with one on the iPad and the other with the baby.
They did a great job. Stephen Stromberg (Washington Post) did an awful job such as here, "By the end of the debate, members of the audience clapped after Crowley called Romney on a fact he got wrong."
He was wrong, Stromberg? Because the fact check your paper did begs to differ. From Glenn Kessler (Washington Post) fact checking:
What did Obama say in the Rose Garden a day after the attack in Libya? We covered this previously in our extensive timeline of administration statements on Libya.
“No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for,” Obama said.
But the president did not say “terrorism”— and Romney got tripped up when he repeated the “act of terror” phrasing.
Otherwise, Romney’s broader point is accurate — that it took the administration days to concede that the assault on the U.S. mission in Benghazi was an “act of terrorism” that appears unrelated to initial reports of anger at a video that defamed the prophet Muhammad. By our count, it took 8 days for an administration official to concede that the deaths in Libya was the result of a “terrorist attack.”
More to Romney’s point, Obama continued to resist saying the “t” word, instead repeatedly bringing up the video, even in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 25. On Sept. 26--15 days after the attack-- the White House spokesman felt compelled to assert “it is certainly the case that it is our view as an administration, the President’s view, that it was a terrorist attack.”
The president did not say "terrorism," explained the paper's fact check.
Crowley, the awful moderator, said Barack had said it.
Crowley was wrong.
Stromberg needs to correct his bad piece.
What do you say there?
Good for her for not worrying about the stereotype of powerful women being pushy?
What do you say when she made herself an intrusion?
She did an awful job.
That's my husband and Wally's joint-post from this morning. I agree with their point that Candy interjected herself to the point that it was a three-way debate. I never want to see her moderate again.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"