I didn’t watch. For one thing: baseball. For another: boring. But mainly: I knew Mitt was going to “win”. The Media was never going to let him “lose.” The only way he could have lost is if he finished up crumpled on the floor behind the podium, whimpering “Make it stop! Please, God, make it stop!” Which wasn’t going to happen. Even if it did, the press corps still might have declared him the “winner” because they needed him to be in order for them to go back to their “It’s a toss up” narrative. If last night couldn’t have been described in any way favorable to Mitt as a “game-changer”, the press would have nothing to do for the next month but duck calls from their Republican sources demanding to know why they weren’t reporting on how the game had changed in Mitt’s favor.
That said, though. Mitt won.
Worse. The President lost.
But from all I’ve read online it looks to me like this:
1) Mitt won the debate but nobody much likes him for it.
2) The President lost the debate and Democrats are really pissed at him.
3) Nobody's vote was changed.
4) Mitt won by being the kind of jerk most people already think he is. My bet is that women were especially put off.
5) The President lost by being a stiff and by looking and acting bored stiff. Like I said, this pissed off Democrats, didn't change their votes.
6) The worst part for Democrats and the best for GOP is that the Media will spend the next week asking each other if the debate was a game changer.
Is that about right?
All right, so…bad news. But we live to fight another day.
What I’d like to see, though, is liberal women taking control of that fight. We men are too well-trained by sports coverage. For us it’s always about power and dominance. This is why every single loss by the hometown team sends us into panic, depression, or a rage. But women know this guy.
Mitt did to the President and Jim Lehrer what types like him do to the women they work with every day. Interrupted, condescended, bullied. These guys pretend not to hear you, then they repeat what you said as if they just thought of it themselves.
Mitt broke the rules last night. From the start he played it like he owned it. And he lied non-stop. And the President just stood there and let him get away with it, possibly because, like so many women who find themselves dealing with a Mitt in their midst, he was reluctant to speak up because it would have seemed impolite or…uppity.
In the President’s case it might have been that he’s trained himself too well not to give anyone an excuse to dismiss him as an angry black man.
For a lot of women, it’s the case that they know if they try to assert themselves they will be told they’re being…bitches.
And the trouble is that the men around them who know the Mitts in their midst are being jerks don’t speak up because they’ve been cowed into thinking this is how the game is played.
But who says the rules can’t be changed?
Mitt won last night by being a liar, a bully, and an all-around jerk. That should be the story.
That, and he wants to fire Big Bird.
At Think Progress: Mitt’s 27 lies in 38 minutes.
Updated cuz I just thought of it: To reiterate, we men know what Mitt did was despicable but we’re of no help because we think that’s how the game is played. But this too: we want to show off how well we understand that’s how the game is played. So all we’re going to do is going explain over and over again how Mitt won and the President lost. Shows we’re savvy and tough-minded, see? Make us stop!