It just got real folks. How real? This real.
At the first Presidential debate, Romney said he would defund PBS. For most people, PBS means Big Bird and his buddies on Sesame Street. Mitt’s actual line was, ” “I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you, too, Jim [Lehrer, PBS newsman and debate moderator]. But I’m not going to … keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it.”
And that was the point of this throw away line. There will be no sacred cows when it comes to the budget. If it requires borrowing to pay for it, it’s gone. I like where Romney’s head is right now. This is the Bain Capital Mitt we need to fix the economy. Now if Debate Mitt shows up two more times, he just might have a fighting chance.
The Obama damage control is trying to spin this as a gaffe. It isn’t. It’s a very real and rational response to our current financial woes. But you can put your knife down Ernie, drop the fake tough guy scowl Bert, even if the money for PBS and NPR is cut off, both will remain on the air. Romney knows, as most clear thinking people do, PBS and NPR (National Public Radio) receive little government subsidy. They derive their money from several sources, the largest of which is their yearly three day fund drive. They receive so little government money that to eradicate the deficit of lets just say 16 trillion, you would have to defund 160,000 trillion PBS stations and another 160,000 trillion NPR stations. Still not a gaffe but an indication of Romney’s fiscal mind set. A good one in my opinion. Plus what a set of stones on Mitt to tell the debate moderator, during the debate, he’s fired from his day job if Mitt becomes President.
It was MAN-BEAR-PIG!
Of all the people who came to the President’s defense after his debate fizzle, I bet Obama wished Al Gore had just got drunk and fell in a gutter somewhere. But he didn’t. Big Al was right there on his Current TV station, (ch. 172 on Comcast in Knoxville, check your local listings), giving a full throated defense of the President. It turns out, according to Al, the President doesn’t have an attitude problem as much as he has an altitude problem. Yes, the man who has become the butt joke of global warming, claims Romney had the advantage because he arrived in Denver two days prior, while the President rolled in the day of the debate. This put the President at a 2 day disadvantage adapting to the altitude and thus caused him to stammer and stumble his way through the 90 minute debate.
Great Al. You just proclaimed to the world that the President of the United States can’t make key decision or be engaged unless he’s at sea level.
Gore’s comments prompted this tweet, winner of tweet of the debate, decided by me.
Line of the debate.
I’ll leave you with this. The best line of the night, decided by me. After a lengthy professorial diatribe by the President about China, monetary tariffs, job outsourcing, and a bunch of other things nobody listened to, Mitt uncorked this gem.
“Mr. President I’ve been in business over 25yrs and I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
The only way that line could have been better is if Mitt added, And we’re all now dumber for having heard it.
The VP candidates are up next. 11 October in Danville Kentucky.
Then Romney and Obama go at it again on the 16th in New York, town hall style. Careful Mitt, the Muppets took Manhattan, Hempstead is just a hop, skip, and a jump from there.