It was a battle of smiles and smirks as Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan debated each other on Thursday night. Both men were eager beavers — beavers showing their choppers repeatedly, in often pained grimaces, condescending smirks, or incredulous glances — trying strenuously to provide a contrast to the first Obama-Romney debate. The words that emerged from beneath those grins were often contentious, frequently interrupting each other. And except for one big misstep in phrasing an important question, moderator Martha Raddatz was satisfyingly assertive in refereeing the squabbles and keeping the debate moving at a pace that allowed for many positions to be challenged and for drama to unfold. READ FULL STORY »
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On Thursday night’s Daily Show, Bill Clinton, the Dr. Funkenstein of the Presidency, shone his flash light on the Mitt Romney campaign, hitting some of the same notes he pitched so impeccably at the Democratic convention. Still basking in the success of his stirring speech, Clinton allowed Stewart to heap the sort of praise many citizens felt — couched, of course, in the host’s comic terms: “What was so stunning was… that you would get the facts straight… I thought it was a bold choice.” READ FULL STORY »
It’s election season, so Saturday Night Live is back with its Thursday night half-hour somewhat-political-humor specials. As you could have predicted much — much too much — of the material was devoted to the 47% video, and unfortunately for SNL, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have already beaten NBC’s show to the satirical punch on that subject. READ FULL STORY »
Democratic Convention review: President Obama's speech, Joe Biden's grammar, plus... Bruce Springsteen and Eva Longoria!
President Obama’s speech at the Democratic Convention on Thursday night was a firm declaration of the principles of his party, one that began laced with humor (of TV campaign ads: “If you’re sick of hearing me approve this message, believe me, so am I”), went on to become increasingly pointed and vehement (“I will never turn Medicare into a voucher”), and concluded with the cadences of a secular minister that left his audience cheering wildly. Plus, he must have gotten permission from Bruce Springsteen to use “We Take Care of Our Own.” READ FULL STORY »
Democratic Convention review: Bill Clinton nominates 'a man who's cool on the outside but burns for America on the inside'
Bill Clinton took the stage of the Democratic convention on Wednesday night to the strains of the Fleetwood Mac music he’s made his theme. The gleamin’ vegan, proving he remains the ding-dong-daddy of the Presidency, gave a rip-roaring speech to nominate Barack Obama as, once again, “the standard-bearer of the Democratic Party.” In a surprise appearance, President Obama came onstage after Clinton concluded, and the two hugged, this time to the sound of Tom Petty singing “I Won’t Back Down.” READ FULL STORY »
Attorney and women’s health advocate Sandra Fluke addressed the Democratic convention on Wednesday, speaking of “two profoundly different futures,” one in which, she asserted, should Mitt Romney be elected, “birth control is controlled by people who will never use it [and] will redefine ‘rape,’” or the reelection of President Obama, “a man who thinks of his daughters, not his delegates.” READ FULL STORY »
Michelle Obama came onto the stage of the Democratic Convention in North Carolina on Tuesday night to the strains of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed Sealed Delivered” — she’s yours! Baby boomer vote delivered before she even began to speak? The promo film preceding the First Lady’s speech included clips of her appearances on Ellen, Letterman, and Fallon: The talk-show-host vote secured? READ FULL STORY »
Mitt Romney gave what must be deemed his best public performance since he began his run for the Presidency at the Republican Convention on Thursday night. Enthused but not over-eager, bright-eyed instead of vacant-eyed as he can often seem on-camera, delivering both the emotional autobiographical material as well as the laugh lines without stepping on his own timing, Romney made his case with forceful vigor. READ FULL STORY »
To the strains of the Thin Lizzy hit “The Boys Are Back In Town,” Paul Ryan took the stage at Wednesday night’s Republican Convention. The music was, I suppose, in keeping with the musical taste he asserted during his speech. Ryan says he told his running mate Mitt Romney, “I hope it’s not a deal-breaker, Mitt, but my playlist starts with AC/DC, and ends with Zeppelin.” But most of Ryan’s speech was more serious than that, of course. He started off by denouncing Democratic Party members — “fear and division is all they’ve got left” — and scoffed that President Obama’s campaign ads are useless: “The president is just throwing away money, and he’s pretty experienced at that.” READ FULL STORY »
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