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October 08, 2012 1:06 PM Not-So-Clear Eyes

By Ed Kilgore

Interesting that the very morning Mitt Romney delivers yet another Big Foreign Policy Speech that could have been (and for all I know, might have been) ghost-written by John Bolton, we get a Romney endorsement column at Daily Beast from Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger that features this line:

I believe that Romney’s move to the center is not yet another flip-flop sleight of hand, perhaps naively. I believe he will send to the political Guantanamo those dirty old white men of the party ready to bomb Iran (speaking of wars, are we out of Afghanistan yet, despite our so-called allies killing our soldiers? See Obama policy).

In a fine West-Texas-style barbecuing of ol’ Buzz, Dave Weigel calls his endorsement “phoned-in” and suggests he is the ultimate “low-information voter,” and the Bizarro version of the people who voted for Obama because they had a vague idea he’d do what they wanted a president to do.

But at Atlanticwire, Elspeth Reeve suggests Buzz’s whole riff, based supposedly on watching Romney’s debate performance, is a crock, since the Romney campaign’s now putting out photos of Mitt entering the debate stage after touching—as football players do—a sign reading “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose”—Coach Taylor’s mantra on FNL. That hardly seems a coincidence.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • dalloway on October 08, 2012 1:13 PM:

    Red eyes (didn't anybody notice those but me?), fat head, will lose.

  • AndThenThere'sThat on October 08, 2012 1:25 PM:

    we get a Romney endorsement column at Daily Beast from Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger...

    Crap. There goes the Texas' electoral college votes..... and it was so close.

  • c u n d gulag on October 08, 2012 1:29 PM:

    "I believe that Romney’s move to the center is not yet another flip-flop sleight of hand, perhaps naively."

    Perhaps?
    Bet the house, dude.

    "I believe he will send to the political Guantanamo those dirty old white men of the party ready to bomb Iran..."

    Yeah, THAT'LL happen!
    Uhm, Buzz, sit down, and have an ice cold bottle of STFU!

    Those "dirty old white men of the party ready to bomb Iran..." that you speak of?
    Those ARE the foreign affairs "experts" who Mitt has surrounded himself with!
    Perhaps you've heard of them? Neocons.
    Bolton, Senor, et al, are NEOCONS, Buzz!

    "...(speaking of wars, are we out of Afghanistan yet, despite our so-called allies killing our soldiers? See Obama policy)."

    You mean, the WARS AND OCCUPATIONS that W. GOT US INTO? With the help of Bolton and Senor? Those wars and occupations, Buzz?

    What, the timid but angry Muslim darkie isn't getting the troops out fast enough for you, Buzz?

    SHEEEEEEEEEEEIT!
    Now I want to see who he picks in football every week, and bet the opposite - or, does this dumb-ass motherfeckin' asshole actually know something about sports?
    His judgement on politics leaves a lot to be desired.

    What a load of CRAP!

  • mudwall jackson on October 08, 2012 1:52 PM:

    bissenger is a fool.

    when it comes to domestic policy, it's hard to say exactly what romney's 'core beliefs' really are. after all, he's had so many of them depending on the needs of the moment.

    but when it comes to foreign policy, romney has left no doubt about where he stands, and it ain't anywhere near where bissinger thinks it is.

    of course as an older, white, affluent guy, bissinger has no skin in the game so it really doesn't matter to him what mitt does. he'll do just fine one way or another.

  • bobbo on October 08, 2012 2:03 PM:

    Why-oh-why are they trying to sully one of the best TV shows ever with their cheap amatuer politics?

  • T2 on October 08, 2012 2:14 PM:

    from what I've heard, Romney spent weeks if not months practicing and memorizing lines and gestures for the 1st debate.. He reminds me of many bands that make a great first record - having had years to write and perfect the songs...but then the second record, done in a few months, is flat. I'll give Romney credit for being a solid performer if he matches the first debate in the second/third.

  • exlibra on October 08, 2012 2:35 PM:

    dalloway, @1:13 PM

    The red eyes can be explained by the sleepless night (there was much fuss made about a train whistling outside his motel's window, all thru the night) but, the red nose tip? You don't get those from drinking (non-cola, yet!) Coke.

  • dalloway on October 08, 2012 3:10 PM:

    exlibra, @2:35 PM

    Do tell. And here I thought he only got high on money.

  • jrosen on October 08, 2012 4:17 PM:

    Mitt's rant put me in mind of a strategy that some (including me) used in taking essay exams in college (especially when study time was short): learn a few things about the course material thoroughly and then turn every question in that direction. Except that that required a modicum of ingenuity. Mitt, however --- evidently lacking some subtlety of mind and like the super-salesman he is ---returned baldly to his talking points no matter what the question was. (Not unlike his answer, pre-debate, to every economic problem, tax-cuts.)

    I also would point out that while Mitt spent weeks practicing, Obama was being President, i. e. dealing with a myriad of matters and problems. Indeed on that very day the possibility of war between Syria and Turkey (a NATO ally) became evident; can anyone (sane) not imagine easily that there was much discussion of this among BHO and his advisers? And that this might have affected his focus a bit?

  • James M on October 09, 2012 12:04 AM:

    Hmm...I might (?) be hopelessly naive, but I am still not so sure that BO wasn't playing some kind of rope-a-dope in the 1st debate.

    For all the 'bounce' that Mr. Romney has apparently gotten, I really wonder what he plans to do for the next month. He has hopelessly muddled all of his positions and actually reinforced the 'flip flopper' image for all but the lowest information voters. His current 'moderate' pose also requires his base to put their hands over their eyes and ears for the remainder of the campaign.

    BO might have decided that the MSM was going to make this a horse race no matter what and decided to play the long game and take temporary hits, figuring it doesn't matter as long as he slides past the finish line first. As long as BO is up in Ohio I will sleep well at night. Also, up till now Mitt has demonstrated zero skill in foreign policy and thus should be an easy target.