The SNL response is what is important (5+ / 0-)
Romney lied his ass off and the trick is now to get that fact into the conversation.
The trick is to get SNL to do an Al Gore type hit on Romney with respect to his trouble with the truth. That is what forms the narrative – Saturday Night Live, Letterman’s/Leno’s/Conan’s monologues, more so than politcal pundits and flash polls. Really relatively few undecideds were going to watch that debate. Sure after the last month half of us good guys thought that Romney would go out there and basically drool all over himself. So Romney scored points by looking Presidential – this is conceded. But he gave OFA so much ammunition with his lying.
By my estimation, the President didn’t give the narrative setters anything they didn’t already have – they already portray the President as professorial and that is the way he came off tonight. Not particularly fun to watch, but it is how he is sometimes.
That is an excellent point. I really don’t know (1+ / 0-)
how SNL will respond to this debate. There was no instantaneous moment to mock. Maybe Lehrer losing control of the debate? Obama was his usual self and Romney was hyper. That was it. No big lines from either debator. SNL is also concerned about being “fair and balanced” so they’ll hit both sides. I think you are right that Obama didn’t give them any new material. I don’t know what they’ll do with Romney though.
Romney as a hyper used-car salesman (1+ / 0-)
is what I would portray him as. Overly animated with a wild-eyed look, waving his hands manically, strands from his carefully-coiffed hairdo coming out of place, and a stream of non-sequiturs — all lies and impossible promises — coming out out his mouth.
The Freepers more or less pushed the image in a very bad photoshop job earlier in the year. Let’s run with it.