Obama-Romney in Palm Beach: The GOP Suffers a Knockout
They were back in force again last night, some 40 strong local GOPers to cheer on the Romster at the Palm Beach Ale House. No red-white-and-blue boaters as at PrezDebate I, but balloons on the tables in red and blue with white stars. Almost cheerful enough to make up for a roomful of 16 TV screens full of Smirkjerk Bill O'Reilly doing the lead-in.
Revealing moment number one, and a downer for the GOP crowd, comes as their man, cornered on Obama's rescue of the auto industry, tries to bully moderator Candy Crowley for additional time. Unlike wimpoid moderator Jim Lehrer in PrezDebate I, Crowley's having none of it. "I want to move you on," she tells the Romster. Clearly, tonight won't be a replay of Obama's disaster movie of two weeks ago.
A question about energy prices follows, and the crowd goes nuts at Mitt's two mentions of the Keystone Pipeline. They love the pipeline! Back-and-forth sniping on oil leases gives way to concluding remarks from O-man on "an energy strategy for the future." The Romster tries to dictate the rules. "He got the first question," he tells Crowley. "I get the last answer on that one." Crowley spanks him again, while O-man sighs, "I'm used to being interrupted." (Somewhere in the distance, one hears "the woman vote" turning Dem and GOP spinmeisters sharpening their knives for Ms. Crowley.)
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