At the risk of becoming as tedious as most of the chorus of people giving advice to Mitt Romney about what to do to perform well in tomorrow night’s “crucial” debate, I feel compelled to amplify on the advice I gave him on last Sunday’s show.
Realize that it’s not you v. Barack Obama. It’s you v. Obama and Jim Lehrer.
Of course, I am not buying that Lame Stream Media narrative about how this debate is a “must win” for the GOP challenger. I guess they are hoping that we’ll play along and pretend that Mitt Romney’s performance will be critiqued fairly. As if. He could perform the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, and the dinosaur media would accuse him of contributing to our obesity epidemic. I don’t think Mr. Lehrer is any worse than any other LSM liberal with an agenda, but that’s what he is, so be prepared. And let’s not have a repeat of that cringe-inducing “Anderson! Anderson!” performance. Don’t expect the “moderator” to help you, and don’t whine when he doesn’t. No matter how well you do, the media will report on Thursday that your performance was mediocre at best.
Expose Barack Obama as the Compulsive Liar That He Is.
You have acknowledged that Barack Obama has a problem telling the truth. That’s a very charitable understatement. To paraphrase Dorothy Parker’s famous comment about Lillian Hellman, every word he says is a lie, including “a” and “the.” Just last week, on a very rare example of actual journalism, Barack Obama was asked some difficult questions in an appearance on the Spanish-language network Univision, including one about his broken promise about immigration reform. Here’s the video.
Note at approximately 2:32, Barack Obama says “What I confess I did not expect — and so I’m happy to take responsibility for being naïve here — is that Republicans who had previously supported comprehensive immigration reform — my opponent in 2008, who had been a champion of it and who attended these meetings — suddenly would walk away.” In this response, our Dear Reader demonstrates not only his famous Obama two-step, in which he says one thing (I accept responsibility) in one breath, only to withdraw it in the next (it’s the Republicans’ fault), but his breathtaking ability to lie. He blames “Republicans” for his failure to keep his promise to Latino voters. What he leaves out is the fact that, as a U.S. Senator in 2007, he was responsible for killing comprehensive immigration reform, which cased Sen. Lindsay “John McCain Jr.” Graham to go ballistic on the Senate floor. Check out the video at this link from Greta Van Sustren, which also has the pontificating former adjunct lecturer’s answer to Sen. Graham. (Yes, it’s predictably jejune, lacking in substance, and lame, like nearly everything else this empty suit reads from his PrompTer.) There he goes again! He also lied on Univision about the disastrous national security attack in Libya on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, once again making the ridiculous claim about an anti-Islamic YouTube trailer that almost no one saw. Then are his promises not to raise taxes on people who make less than $250,000, a promise which he has broken at least eight times. And for heaven’s sake, don’t step on the important message about this broken promise by stepping in it the way you did the other day.
Consider the following: this man is such a stranger to the truth that a couple of weeks ago, he was claiming that we could trust him because Bill Clinton, the only elected president in the history of this country to be impeached, told us that we should. Bill Clinton was impeached for lying under oath, and he’s the one vouching for Obama’s honesty? Seriously? That’s how jaw droppingly dishonest he is. It’s like I always say: shine the light of truth on liberals, and they scurry like the cockroaches they are.
He’s an Empty Suit and He Knows It. Show Him That You Know it Too.
As I pointed out in this post, for all his bravado and supposed cool confidence, like all affirmative-action beneficiaries, Barack Obama knows he’s a C-player who has been given the benefit of every doubt, and for whom every possible blow has been softened. That’s why even the slightest challenge to his statements or behavior provokes a very unattractive, prickly response. Deep inside he’s a little boy with a well-deserved inferiority complex playing dress up. I’m not suggesting that you attack him personally. You must not do that, and you must show the appropriate deference for the office. That doesn’t mean you can’t point out his failed record. That’s a very fertile field, and like all fertilizer, it reeks. You’ve got a lot to work with, but it won’t take much to get Testy Barry to show up. When he does, you win.
Connect the Dots
It’s not a coincidence that we have economic stagnation, national security disasters around the world, looming inflation and a $16 trillion national debt. It’s 1979 all over again. Obama is a failed president, and his failures can all be traced back to his ideology. I know that you aren’t an ideological guy. You’re a practical problem solver, which is great because everyone loves and respects practical problem solvers. The thing you need to remember is that conservatism is all about problem solving using the common sense solutions that have worked for centuries, rather than allowing an irrational belief system that is at war with logic, reason and human experience to dictate your actions. Michael Savage is correct: Liberalism is a mental disorder, and all the failures of this administration are fruits of its poisonous tree. Don’t be afraid to point that out.
Paint a Picture
In 2007 and 2008, the weasels in the Jurassic media were swooning and slobbering over inane platitudes like “we are the ones were were waiting for,” and admitting that they had no idea who Barack Obama was. It didn’t (and doesn’t) matter. Now, they are whining that you haven’t provided enough “specifics” about your plans. That’s unfair, of course, and par for the course, (See #1) So like any good salesman, you need to paint a picture for the buyers (voters). Your vision of America under a Romney presidency is a very appealing one; that is, a reinvigorated, prosperous nation of free people, admired by our friends, and respected by our enemies. You said it once. Economic growth at 1.3% and real unemployment over 11% might be the best Barack Obama can do. It’s not the best America can do. Say it again.
Remember the McGurk Rule
As John Steele Gordon points out in this piece, what the talking heads on TV like to call “the optics” are crucial.
It’s the McGurk effect, which, I confess, I had never heard of before this afternoon. Vision rules the human sensory apparatus. If our eyes tell us one thing and our ears another, the eyes, to coin a phrase, have it. We “hear” what our eyes tell us we heard. There’s a fascinating video at Ace of Spades of a professor explaining it.
(Here’s a link to the video mentioned, and it is fascinating.)
So, here’s the takeaway. Yes, repeating, the eyes have it, so watch your body language. Everyone else will be.
That’s it, Mitt. Break a leg. Follow these suggestions and five weeks from now, we’ll be celebrating the day that together we rescue America.