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Lizz Winstead, political satirist and co-creator of the Daily Show, offers her take on the presidential campaign, from the GOP primaries through last night's debate.
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Stephen Tencer from New Milford, NJ: I was also thinking about tonnage last night during the debate.
A fun and interesting interview. Please invite Ms. Winstead to come back on the show sometime soon.
Back to the debates. Obama did well by talking about the current deficiency in horses and bayonets, but it might have been a good idea to say that the size of navies is not only counted by number of ships, but by tonnage. How many 1916 ships would it take to outweigh an aircraft carrier? This answer might also calm people in the VA shipyards. The building of a 1916 ship did not employ nearly as many people as the average new Navy ship employs today.
@Larry McDowell from Greenpoint, Brooklyn NY
If you listen to Greg Palast the damage has already been done. Karl Rove and a SuperPAC funded database company have 'caged' 22 million minority votes -- that is the voters have been removed from the roles and if they do get a vote it will be a 'provisional' ballot that won't be counted unless the outcome would be affected. It's kind of sad that the GOP stomachs this amount of monkeying with a Constitutional right.
I have three reasons why some intelligent people are still undecided. 1) Some people are in terrible economic trouble. They don't know whether they should punish Obama or put their faith in him again. 2) Some people know they and many others need government services and benefits, but are afraid they will have to pay taxes, and are led to believe that those taxes will somehow be greater than the benefits they will derive. 3) Some have been taught that they should think of themselves first, in contrast to everything they ever heard from their parents and religion.
While my opinions are consistently left of the Democratic Party on most issues, I am an undecided voter; I would like to vote for the Green Party, and more specifically give my support to Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, I am terrified at the idea of a "President Romney" appointing multiple Supreme Court Justices. So, though I know my vote in Brooklyn, NY will in no way effect the electoral college, I would never forgive myself if something as kooky as 2000's Gore/Bush debacle were to occur and my vote were be responsible for Obama's loss.
The focus on personality or the "good intentions" of the candidates reflects the unawareness of the electorate; it's besides the point. There are plenty of bankers who believe they are well-intentioned, who nevertheless support the impunity-promoting bailout, perilous deregulation, unearned overpayment, resultant unsustainable income/power inequality, etc. and their harmful ripple effects.
Obviously, the reason Air America couldn't take off is because of too much competition from NPR
There was a fever for Obama because Bush was so bad at his job. A war for phantom WMD; Katrina handling embarrassment; 6 months of $4/g gasoline...We wanted him gone. Rather than recognize the problems that GOP mismanagement had created, McCain's solution was to select eye-candy for the second most important job in the country. Oy.
So I have little wonder that the passion you felt for Obama four years ago has receded. However, if we don't kick out some of the GOP obstructionists, all we will get is four more years of 'meh'....
Just watched the videos. I'm sharing.
Who was that dumass caller who thinks both, BO and Romney are both "good" people???
What the hell??
Hey guess what? The people who have real power in this country aren't politically elected anyway. Elections are just a ruse to make people think we live in a democracy.
..wouldnt want it to be ironic that the all seeing eye on the pyramid was to remind us of the power of 3,000 years that came to an end when the israelites ran sacked egypt taking with them even the first born of the egyptians.Us and the world walk in eggs when it comes to israel, but as an exmarine im reminded what the u.s drilled into me..buddy buddy thru and thru f#&* your buddy before he f$%& you..to brian lehrer, the reason romney changes his mind is because hes a pisces..he has two faces and forgets instantly..
Lizz. Hmm. More of the "war on women" rant. I'm a woman. I don't think anyone is waging war on us. Let's stop acting like anyone is trying to stop women from accessing birth control. So much reaction. Let's all be big girls and take accountability and stop acting like someone is standing in your way. If you like and support Planned Parenthood, send them money.
Brian,You may not wish to broadcast this quote because of censorship, and you may already be familiar with it. Nevertheless, the discussion of undecided voters reminds of a statement by David Sedaris in The New Yorker four year ago. "I look at these people [undecided voters] and can't quite believe that they exist. Are they professional actors? ... To put them in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. 'Can I interest you in the chicken?' she asks. 'Or would you prefer the platter of s--t with bits of broken glass in it?' To be undecided is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked."
Would Ms. Winstead care to comment on people's perception of the debate - how some people are certain Obama won and others are certain Romney won? I'm sure we all watched the same debate, but apparently some people weren't wearing their glasses.
Still undecided. Been a liberal all my life and if Ryan wasn't his running mate, I'd probably give Romney a chance. I don't think he's as evil as he's perceived to be, it's only that people give Obama the benefit of the doubt and when he does slip the tongue, people turn the other cheek.
Romney claims that he would create 12 million jobs in his four years in office. About one half-million of those would be in contracting and the Secret Service! The guy does own 12 houses and have five sons whose family would get protection, too.
If you want to hold down government spending, elect Obama. We've already spent the money to protect his family and stuff...and he has far less of it to watch.
Martin: It's better to have an intelligent, moral 'leftie' than an ignorant right winger who makes claims that are so patently false and untrue that anyone with any intelligence knows are wrong.
Romney and the people around him spend whatever intelligence they have swindling people in politics and in business just so that they can make more money.
MFan -- Strangely enough, Romney barely mentioned Libya aside from agreeing with the president's successful efforts to oust Gaddafi.
During most of the debate, Mitt sounded more like John Kerry than himself, an obvious attempt to not appear as a sabre rattler to the gentle womenfolk, who in his opinion prefer quilting bees to realpolitik.
I admit, I watched the last two, but I did not watch the debate last night because I CANNOT STAND to hear another thing about the freaking Libyan embassy. The fact that we're talking about this at all in a presidential debate is absurd. There are simply more important things for a president to have on his agenda than the status of each of our ~200 embassies. Not to downplay any loss of four lives, but as just two examples: 1,500+ die every day from cancer, 800+ from obesity. Let's have 90 minutes on that, please?
Besides, what could their differences on foreign policy possibly be? They are both hawks with just slightly different approaches on who and what to bomb. The notion that Obama is "weak" on foreign policy is such an utterly laughable canard that facts to not corroborate.
"..offers her take on the debate."
TRANSLATION: "OK, team, let's rotate in the next predictable Leftie entertainer on our list for the daily Romney bashing. LOL, direct from MSNBC, so no pretending here."
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