One thing I've learned from last night's debate: Republicans just don't care about the truth anymore.
It's indisputable that Mitt Romney lied, lied, lied, and lied all night long. He reacted to every truthful statement about his pre-debate positions with ridicule, lying his way to what I suppose looks like a victory.
Some folks say Obama brought a knife to a gun-fight, which isn't an entirely inapt analogy, except that what actually happened was that Mitt brought a shiv to a boxing match. Obama came prepared to debate yesterday's Mitt Romney, who's outlined some consistently conservative (if not factually consistent) positions throughout the last several billion months of his endless Presidential campaign.
The Etch-A-Sketch-Man showed up with a completely different platform than the one he'd campaigned on. That's a delicate way of saying he lied all night long. Like a rug.
It is not exactly funny how eagerly conservatives have lapped up Romney's spew. It's more sad, pathetic, and indicative of a serious fault in our national discourse. Over and over again, I've read pathologically retarded comments from right-wingers about the teleprompter. Seriously, guys. Did y'all listen to anything your candidate said? Of course not!
This is because conservatives just don't care what their candidates are going to do. They don't seem to have any real substantive grasp of what is happening, or what their candidate actually stands for. It's all fluff for them. The only thing that matters anymore is punching the other guy, and smirking like an asshole while doing so. That's what Mitt accomplished last night.
It's the Party Of Jerks, to be blunt. Obama came prepared to civilly debate. Romney ran over the moderator, rudely insisted on getting the last word on everything, and lied about everything he's said so far in the campaign. And apparently, that now counts as winning.
I remember when my six-year-old son wanted to play Yu-Gi-Oh with me, years, and years back. His primary goal was winning. And pretending he was in the television show cartoon that the game was based on. It's a card game, for those who are unfamiliar. My son would deal the cards out, spew the almost-incomprehensible, vast network of rules at me, and then declare that he was kicking my ass. I had no way of knowing this, because it seemed like new rules were appearing out of the dialogue of the show, rather than the little list of card game rules I had in front of me.
This seems to be how conservatives act nowadays. If they're not winning, they simply declare a new set of rules, by which they are.
Well, that's how kids act. You do have to realize that it's widely considered that several Presidents, who were elected by a wide margin, lost their first debates. I do hope the Konservative Kidz take a break from their happy chest-thumping to consider that the only reason Mitt Romney appeared to have "won" this debate, was that he abandoned every single position he's held so far in the campaign, and that the Obama campaign is going to gold-mine those statements for the next 30 days. Where does that leave him? Because in the next 30 days, Mitt will now have to answer questions about all of his galaxy of wildly-varying positions on virtually every issue. He won't have Jim Lehrer as his personal bitch in the next two debates, and certainly not outside of the debate hall where the real conversation takes place.
Real adults have actual issue to consider in this campaign. Rowdy children, I suppose, want it to be judged on how cool it looks. Well, kids will be kids.