Again today, The Onion captures the essence:
Obama Takes Out Romney With Mid-Debate Drone Attack
BOCA RATON, FL—Saying that the high-value target represented a major threat to their most vital objectives, Obama administration officials confirmed tonight that former governor Mitt Romney was killed by a predator drone while attending a presidential debate at Lynn University.
Sources said the drone attack, which occurred at approximately 10:10 p.m. Monday night, obliterated Romney in the middle of a statement on Chinese-purchased U.S. securities, sending his dismembered limbs and internal organs into the audience and leaving a smoking pile of charred flesh and bone in his seat.
“The information we have received from military personnel in the field indicate that tonight’s drone strike took out Mitt Romney, a former businessman the Obama administration has long considered a serious danger, especially in past few weeks,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney, describing the operation as “an unmitigated success.” “The president personally authorized the strike earlier this evening, and as soon as we had visual confirmation that the target in the drone’s sights was, in fact, Mitt Romney, we eliminated him.”…
So maybe President Obama didn’t quite go that far last night, but he was certainly on the attack to a degree that often seemed, to me, unseemly.
By the way, I tried to post this last night, but ran into technical problems — I had left my laptop’s mouse at the office, and my wife’s desktop internet connection was running so slow I figured I’d never get to bed. So here’s what I wanted to share, which was my Twitter feed from the debate. These started at 9:21 p.m. As usual, all Tweets are by me except where another screen name is indicated:
- Obama needs to chill. Looks desperate. Nobody wants an Interrupter in Chief…
- The Fix @TheFix Worth noting: Obama has attacked Romney on every question thus far. #lynndebate
- Peter Beinart @PeterBeinart The egyptian govt needs binders of women to fully develop
- Romney is coming across as calmer, which, when we’re talking national security, can sometimes count more than the words being said.
- Yeah, Madeleine Albright redux! “@politico: Obama: “America remains the one, indispensable nation.” #debates”
- @howardweaver: @BradWarthen that one redux’es WAY farther back than Albright.
- Yeah, but I liked her cover version…
- In Godfather terms, Romney is playing the Man of Reason tonight. Obama at times seems to be shooting for Crazy Joey Gallo…
- OK, I’ve heard the president say he “ended the war in Iraq” too many times. He didn’t do that; the Surge did.
- The thing is, I generally approve of the job Obama’s done in the world. But he’s not selling it very well tonight…
- If Obama loses this election, and does so because of this debate, I wonder, will it be because he just had ONE CUP OF COFFEE TOO MUCH TODAY?
- That’s what I wanna hear! RESOLVE! “@DepressedDarth: I will build 5 new Star Destroyers if I’m elected president. #finaldebate”
- grannykate @katespalmer @BradWarthen Surge changed tide. POTUS brought troops home
- So would McCain have. Even Bush was on track to do that…
- Almost an hour into this, and neither Obama nor Romney has indicated what he would do about Quemoy and Matsu. This is unacceptable.
- Slate @Slate RT @fmanjoo: Here’s the place for Obama to say, “Ask Osama Bin Laden if I apologized. Oh, that’s right, you can’t. Because he’s dead.”
- Yeah, kinda what I thought… “@washingtonpost: FACT CHECK: Obama did not go on “apology tour” http://wapo.st/SjFXqM #debate”
- In what alternative universe did this “apology tour” take place? I totally missed it. Yet so many GOP tweeters assert it as article of faith
- The president’s calmed down some. Hasn’t jumped anxiously down Gov. Romney’s throat in awhile.
- No, Mr. President, we were no longer “bogged down” in Iraq when you took office. Not after the Surge. Stick to the good things you HAVE done
- SunnyPhilips @SunnyPhilips Sad many Americans would rather watch HoneyBooBoo or other trash TV than debates impacting their country’s leadership.#theirvotecountstoo
- OK, I give up: What’s a Honey Boo-Boo?
- SunnyPhilips @SunnyPhilips Ha. You’ve made my day.
- Romney’s strategy tonight has been not to commit major errors tonight. No big strategy proposals, just no screwing up. Generally working…
- Nicholas Kristof @NickKristof Candidates take a break from bashing each other to jointly bash China. 太过分了!
- If Obama would blame China for Gamecocks’ two losses in a row, he could win South Carolina.
- Ramez Naam @ramez China holds only about 8.2% of US federal debt. Most is held by Americans. http://bit.ly/kaOUzI
- Really? I’m not seeing that… “@ebertchicago: Obama looks cool. Romney looks sweaty. Will post-mortems agree? #debate”
- Scott Huffmon @WinthropPoll Foreign Policy debate: Good thing there are no issues with South America or most of Africa or Europe to be dealt with !
- Obama mentions Pacific strategy. About time we got into mega strategy. Still no mention of Quemoy and Matsu…
- My Navy Brat nervous system is still twitching indignantly over the horses and bayonets thing…
- Nicholas Kristof @NickKristof Foreign policy debate spent more time on Israel than on Europe, India and Africa combined. That’s not our world.
- Aaron Gould Sheinin @asheinin Serious tweet: Seeing lots of Republicans calling the debate a draw.
- That’s because they wanted their guy to be as combative as Obama was — which frankly was NOT a good thing…
- I liked that they shook hands civilly and smiled at each other at the end. How pitiful is it that I’m clinging to something that small?
- Dan Gillmor @dangillmor If Romney can persuade the public that he’s the peace candidate — there isn’t one — then the American people are truly out to lunch.
- But he might with some, purely on demeanor.
- Anyone else think Romney was going particularly after women tonight, rocking back and not being Mr. Aggressive?
- David GregoryVerified @davidgregory The President is determined to pick a fight tonight; Romney determined to avoid it. What does that say about where each camp sees the race?
- A lot.
That last one posted at 10:50 p.m.
So… what did y’all think — both during, and upon reflection? I haven’t had much time for reflection, so I leave you for now with the stream-of-consciousness.