1. The real outlier in this last debate was Romney. He addressed the president directly 37 times, either as Mr. President or just as “you” — almost twice as often as he referred to the president in the third person. That was dramatically different from Obama, who referred to Romney in the third person fifty times and addressed him directly only six. It was as if Romney had shown up armed for a cable news face-off, while the president was prepared for an episode of Meet the Press. That’s presumably why Obama spoke to the moderator Jim Lehrer with the slightly hesitant style he uses when he wants to convey thoughtfulness to an interviewer, drawing out words like “and” and “but” and pausing briefly between word groups, as if he were carefully composing each sentence on the spot. 
- Linguist Geoff Nunberg: One Debate, Two Very Different Conversations View in High-Res

    The real outlier in this last debate was Romney. He addressed the president directly 37 times, either as Mr. President or just as “you” — almost twice as often as he referred to the president in the third person. That was dramatically different from Obama, who referred to Romney in the third person fifty times and addressed him directly only six. It was as if Romney had shown up armed for a cable news face-off, while the president was prepared for an episode of Meet the Press. That’s presumably why Obama spoke to the moderator Jim Lehrer with the slightly hesitant style he uses when he wants to convey thoughtfulness to an interviewer, drawing out words like “and” and “but” and pausing briefly between word groups, as if he were carefully composing each sentence on the spot. 

    - Linguist Geoff Nunberg: One Debate, Two Very Different Conversations

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  1. I’m hoping Mitt Romney can get his act together in this debate because as a conservative pundit, or rather, playing a conserve pundit…it’s so difficult for me right now to get behind Mitt Romney. It’s incredibly frustrating as a performer who has to model behavior that is so schizophrenic and bifurcated because it’s almost an unprecedented candidacy – as far as I can tell. No one seems to like him – even the people who are behind him. There isn’t a sort of monolithic point of view to base my own satire on.

    Basically, the satire of my character in relation to Mitt Romney now is night to night, I can change my mind and I can be hopeful or in despair from night to night because I have no point of reference for what’s happening now. Even McCain in 2008 post-Lehman Brothers might have seemed like a bit of a winged duck, but people still liked him. People were still behind him.

    You get a feeling that everybody of the sort that I’m modeling really has one foot out of the boat right now and I really I hope Mitt – I mean listen I have my own political views, but as a performer I hope he does something positive tonight so that there’s something for me to rally behind because that’s what my character wants to do… He wants to have a champion that he can champion and that just doesn’t exist in Mitt Romney right now. He’s just a walking wound.

    — Stephen Colbert on how his character wants Mitt Romney to do well in the presidential debate in Denver

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    If You Bothered to Play “Human Rights Presidential Debate Bingo” Last Night, You Lost. Big Time.

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    yaeloss:

    If they do, they will both agree on them all.

    Amnesty International released a human rights bingo card in advance of last night’s presidential debate. There were no winners. (Sorry.)

    -Mike Riggs

    For those of you who don’t play debate drinking games, something to keep in mind for next time.

    (Source: yaeloss)

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