1. Maureen Dowd imagines how former president Jed Bartlet would rail on Obama for his questionable debating skillz.

    • OBAMA: (looking in the other room) Is that Jeff Daniels?
    • BARTLET: That’s Will McAvoy, he just looks like Jeff Daniels.
    • OBAMA: Why’s he got Jim Lehrer in a hammerlock?
    • BARTLET: That’s called an Apache Persuasion Hold. McAvoy thinks it’s the responsibility of the moderator to expose — what are they called? — lies.
    • ...
    • BARTLET: (Leading the way into his study) I’m a father of daughters, you’re a father of daughters. It looked to me like right before you went on stage, Sasha told you she likes a boy in her class who has a tattoo.
    • OBAMA: That’s not what hap —
    • BARTLET: Here’s what you do. You invite the boy over for dinner, you have a couple of fellas from your detail brush their suit coats back just enough so the lad can see the .44 Magnums — problem solved. You have what every father of a daughter dreams of — an army and a good dog.
    • OBAMA: The girls are fine, that wasn’t the problem. In the debate prep we —
    • BARTLET: Whoa ... there was prep?
    • OBAMA: (shouting) Enough! (taking a cigarette and lighting it) I appreciate that the view’s pretty good from the cheap seats. Gore chalked up my debate performance to the altitude. He debated at sea level — what was his excuse?
    • ...
    • BARTLET: Mr. President, your prep for the next debate need not consist of anything more than learning to pronounce three words: “Governor, you’re lying.” Let’s replay some of Wednesday night’s more jaw-dropping visits to the Land Where Facts Go to Die. “I don’t have a $5 trillion tax cut. I don’t have a tax cut of a scale you’re talking about.”
    • OBAMA: The Tax Policy Center analysis of your proposal for a 20 percent across-the-board tax cut in all federal income tax rates, eliminating the Alternative Minimum Tax, the estate tax and other reductions, says it would be a $5 trillion tax cut.
    • BARTLET: In other words ...
    • OBAMA: You’re lying, Governor.
    • BARTLET: “I saw a study that came out today that said you’re going to raise taxes by $3,000 to $4,000 on middle-income families.”
    • OBAMA: The American Enterprise Institute found my budget actually would reduce the share of taxes that each taxpayer pays to service the debt by $1,289.89 for taxpayers earning in the $100,000 to $200,000 range.
    • BARTLET: Which is another way of saying ...
    • OBAMA: You’re lying, Governor.
    • BARTLET: “I want to take that $716 billion you’ve cut and put it back into Medicare.”
    • OBAMA: The $716 billion I’ve cut is from the providers, not the beneficiaries. I think that’s a better idea than cutting the exact same $716 billion and replacing it with a gift certificate, which is what’s contained in the plan that’s named for your running mate.
    • BARTLET: “Pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan.”
    • OBAMA: Not unless you’ve come up with a new plan since this afternoon.
    • BARTLET: “You doubled the deficit.”
    • OBAMA: When I took office in 2009, the deficit was 1.4 trillion. According to the C.B.O., the deficit for 2012 will be 1.1 trillion. Either you have the mathematics aptitude of a Shetland pony or, much more likely, you’re lying.
    • ...
    • OBAMA: Governor, if your ideas are the right ideas for our country, if you have a plan and it’s the best plan for our future, if your vision is the best vision for all of us and not 53 percent of us, why aren’t you able to make that case in the same ZIP code as the truth?


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