Tuesday, October 2, 2012

No Need to Watch the Debates

No one really has the inclination to sit through tomorrow night's Presidential debate, right? In this day and age, we just want to cut to the chase -- who will be judged the winner? And in this single regard -- judging who won -- the outcome is a foregone conclusion. Thanks to powers I never knew I had (and to the great folks at the Media Research Center), I have been able to capture for your benefit video excerpts from Thursday's TV shows (and Friday's, and Saturday's, and Sunday's... ad infinitum, or rather -- ad electionem, since they don't need to carry on beyond that point), which are self-explanatory.

Here, for example, is Piers Morgan's take on the debate:


 And here is the incomparable Chris Matthews, with superlatives that only he can summon:


As for Mitt Romney? How did he do? Well, here is (former) CNN correspondent Bob Franken, telling you what he thinks of Republicans like Gov. Romney:


Once again, I give you Chris Matthews on the Republican point of view:


 And for a fresh perspective on the Republicans, here is Thomas Roberts, of MSNBC live:


And -- oh, but wait: Here is Howard Fineman, formerly chief political correspondent for that formerly leading and influential periodical Newsweek:


Not even Paul Ryan could escape the devastating media critique. Here is the Today show co-host Ann Curry, questioning him about the sheer cruelty of his proposed budget:


Oh, yes -- the celebrities' reaction to the debate. How could I have forgotten? Here, for instance, is David Letterman waxing flatulent over the President's courage:


And, for a parting shot from Hollywood, how about this one from Sean Penn:


Now, do you see? I have just spared you hours and hours of the doldrums. You don't need to wait for Wednesday night -- instead, take your spouse out and enjoy a nice dinner. And instead of turning on the TV for the rest of the week, go to the library and check out a book you never would otherwise have considered. (If you would like a suggestion, you might try Erasmus, The Praise of Folly.) You will thank me on Sunday.


  1. Thanks to the Curmudgeon.

    Now I'm able to drag my knuckles back to my cave, and avoid the upcoming media sideshow.

  2. Great job, A.S.! I'll be watching the next DVD of War & Remembrance instead. Isn't it funny that liberals love to point out Jim Crow laws...which their own party started in the first place!!

  3. Is this a useful collection of idiots or a collection of useful idiots?

    I think it is a useful collection of useful idiots.

    Such venom! Such fawning!


  4. I watched the debate and it was largely as these pundits predicted, except that Romney won.

    David Katzakian

  5. A. S.,

    You nailed it! The howling from the left is amazing.

  6. Despite Obama's abysmal pandering to "the American middle class," whom he promised to protect, and not to burden with further taxes, the left still wants to spin his message as an approach that was at least equal to Romney's.

    In contrast, Romney made his pitch to the country's movers and shakers -- the entrepreneurs and small businessmen. And that approach was the correct one, because it is precisely in that sector that there will begin to be created (if Romney is elected) the jobs that will take us out of this recession.

  7. Alas, Mr. Haley, I fear your outlook may be overly optimistic, specifically that either of the two candidates can "take us out of this recession." I do not have any special insight into the future, only historical understandings of the depression of the twentieth century and of the causes of the current meltdown (particularly as it involves the mortgage market and the Greenspan/Bernanke induced non-market interest rates), as well as having read a considerable number of Austrian school economists.

    But I fail to see how we will be able to stop the runaway Federal spending under the plan of either of the two foreseeable administrations in anything like the short time frame available to us before we are irreversibly headed for the great depression of the twenty-first century.

    Only one candidate offered a plan that would have eliminated within one term, the debt we had as of earlier this year. The elimination of that debt will likely be the trigger of the collapse, and depending upon the timing and nature of the solution ultimately chosen, may well be the trigger for most of the rest of the world.

    My view may end up being overly pessimistic, if for no other reason than that God intervenes, but absent such intervention, I see no signs that either of the candidates actually comprehends the gravity of our current fiscal situation—not even those who grasp the gravity of the comparable situation in the Eurozone.

    Pax et bonum,
    Keith Töpfer