Debate Failure Excuse of the Day

Al Gore hides his brain in a lockbox, hilarity ensues.

[via Political Wire]

If he had framed this differently, as one of many factors contributing to Obama being off his game (ask any visiting player at a Rockies or Broncos home game), he would almost have a point, but no.

For my excuse of choice, I’d suggest the Dem strategists take a look in the mirror and consider carefully the unrelenting transparently inauthentic media campaign to lower debate expectations for Barry that was waged by proxies in the days prior to the debate.

Barry would be better served by looking to the words of a 15th century Italian sculptor:

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” – Michelangelo Buonarroti

If the electorate expectations are high, then work your ass off to prove them right. Don’t argue that their expectations are wrong just so you can say “I told you so.” That’s a whining strategy not a winning strategy.

So we’re watching Tweety (don’t judge. The hubby admires him. I don’t know why) and upcoming is James Lipton to offer his thoughts on last night’s performance. A man so ignorant, so stupid, so clueless about the theatre and acting that one can’t begin to compute how any thinking person could give this jackass the dogshit scraped off his shoes.

There will be screaming at the TV.

@Benedick: Just the thought of Tweety and Lipton chatting it up makes my head asplode.

I couldn’t get past the Grecian Formula to look at his tie. He spent most of his time criticizing the president for doing what he himself was doing: reading his notes.

@Benedick: I would pay to see that. Lipton gets on my last nerve.

@Benedick: Fuck if I know — that’s another grandfathered nickname, like Mittens. It’s in general use (not just us), it goes back at least four years, and I think it has something to do with how he sounds — chirp-chirp-chirp-chirp.

Urban Dictionary, May 9, 2004:

Nickname for Chris Matthews, host of ‘Hardball.’ His staff nicknamed him Tweety Bird because of the shade of yellow he dyes his hair. First divulged at

So it’s not his annoying voice at all. But that’s why I like using it.

@mellbell: I tweeted as much at the opening bell, given that my Stillers have to play a man down on defense due to a safety having sickle cell traits.

But from AlGore I would have expected something more along the lines of “the President needed someone to massage his performance”.

@Mistress Cynica: Borat got him good.

@nojo: I’m so relieved to hear he dyes his hair. I was hoping that was not a color found in nature. Now can we talk about his foundation?

The articles are rather sympathetic, but next week’s New Yorker cover is brutal.

@libertarian tool: Obama has got the New Yorker vote pretty well sewn up.

@mellbell: Certainly true. That is what makes the cover interesting. It’s not the cover of the National Review.

Recall in the wake of the GOP convention, both red and blue teams enthusiastically jumped on Eastwood’s performance, splitting along the fault line of the symbolic meaning of Eastwood lecturing an empty chair. Was it a symbol of an absent incompetent president, or was the old white man yelling at a chair a metaphor for the GOP? That’s now settled. When the New Yorker cover presents an empty chair representing a MIA President – Eastwood won.

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