My Twitter feed told me the other night that Romney wants to fire Big Bird and Charlie Rose. I try not to see too much Obamabottery in my feed, but I do link to a couple of people who tend to retweet people who go all-partisan in moments like this, and there was a lot about Romney lying. Someone noted that it was hard to disagree with Romney's position since he took all the positions on every issue. But plenty of people observed that Obama's performance was lackluster at best, and that Romney took the commanding role on stage. The clips I've seen certainly back that up. And, perhaps most tellingly, Obama seemed to have no come-back to anything Romney said, no matter how easy it would have been to drive a truck through it. Robert Reich wondered why Obama didn't go after him on Social Security, but I think Obama answered that question when he said that they mostly don't disagree on those issues. Reich's longer reaction is here. And, of course, Atrios is right. Sam Seder and Ari Berman agreed that Romney won the debate, and wondered where "the aggressive Obama" was. (I dunno, maybe nothing to say if there are no good opportunities for hippie-punching?) Ari was there to talk about voting rights, where the news is better than it was.
From Suburban Guerrilla, "They bring good things to life: Boy, this pisses me off. This is the company of Jeff Immalt, the head of Obama’s jobs council, which is supposed to figure out how to foster job growth - in America. He’s famous for closing plants, laying people off and cutting wages and benefits - and then moving operations to other countries."
"Unmasking the most influential billionaire in U.S. politics: The most influential billionaire in America is Peter G. Peterson, whose misleading campaign to 'reform' traditional social welfare programs has subtly set the terms of the Washington debate." Subtly? Is that a joke? (via)
Chris Floyd, "Pay in Blood: The Bipartisan Terror Machine Stripped Bare: In the category of 'the sky is blue,' 'fire is hot' and 'the sun rises in the east,' the Guardian reports on a new study showing that Washington's murderous drone killing campaign in Pakistan is 'counterproductive.'"
Teresa Nielsen Hayden has a follow-up to her previous post now that a former TSA agent has publicly said, "We steal from travelers all the time." Teresa reminds us: "This is the organization that has obsessively confiscated insufficiently small bottles of shampoo and hand lotion, made travel a nightmare for families whose toddlers' names happen to match names on the ever-expanding no-fly list, and had the expensive new high-tech scanners they developed rejected by potential customers in German airport security because they generate too many false positives. What doesn't the TSA do? Standard investigative work. Standard site security."
No one should ever have to write a post like this, but we live in a world where sometimes these things just have to be said.