8 Things Obama Could Learn From Romney for Tomorrow’s Debate

It is generally agreed that Mitt Romney won the first presidential debate against his opponent Barack Obama. As the second presidential debate looms, we thought Obama might appreciate some help in upping his game. Here are 8 tips from an imagined Romney Debate Playbook.

1. Go light on the details.

Speak in generalities; don’t give your opponent the opportunity to trip you up on the specifics. After all, if you spell out the particulars, people might find out what you really think.

2. Deny past statements.

So what if you said something yesterday that you’ve decided you don’t mean today. Bygones! Not too long ago Mitt was pro-choice but now he’s against abortion regardless of circumstance. Oh wait! Now he’s saying he isn’t trying to legislate abortion. To describe his change of view, he uses words like “grown” and “evolved.” However, make sure you use the word “evolution” only in a personal context — whatever you do, don’t mention it with regard to that theory of species progression or anything that contradicts Creationism. In fact, assert that you’re creation-ing yourself as you go along!

3. Don’t let facts get in the way of a good line.

Facts — and fact-checkers — are pesky little things that can pin a candidate down. Telling the truth? That’s a strategy for losers!

4. Claim your opponent is doing what in fact you do.

This psychological ploy has been used to great effect by everyone from cheating spouses to cornered politicians. It’s called “projection.” Running around on your wife? Accuse her of infidelity first! Stirring up class anger and resentment? Say that’s what Obama is doing. It’s the Republican way!

5. Be multiple choice.

Don’t take a stand on an issue — you might alienate people who support a different position. Mitt has turned flip-flopping into an art form; he employed this tactic when pressed on his plan to slash taxes for the wealthy and his true feelings about the “47%.” When he is about to get caught in an outright lie, he beats a hasty and strategic retreat into “I can’t remember” land.

6. Tell people what they want to hear.

Who needs bad news, even when it’s true? Don’t bring people down with talk about austerity and sacrifice. Paint a pretty picture. And if your opponent brings up any harsh realities, do like Mitt and just say it ain’t so! Then accuse him or her of “not believing in America.” Works every time.

7. Bully the moderator.

Don’t be a slave to the clock! If you run out of time, well, just keep going — that’s what Mitt does. His long history as a bully (from cutting a gay classmate’s hair to pet abuse to large-scale layoffs) has taught him how to roll over just about anybody. But be sure to get all righteously indignant if your opponent tries to finish a sentence after the bell has rung.

8. Smile. Smile. Smile. Smile. SMILE.

Don’t forget to smile. All the time. No matter what the topic of debate. A smile says, Hey, look at me — I’m the man! A smirk is okay. A smirk, especially when your opponent is talking, says, Can you believe that guy? But a thoughtful, even pensive expression might suggest that you’re contemplating the nuance of an issue — what a concept! There are no nuances in Mitt’s Playbook — there’s only his firm and committed position du jour. Blind the people with a dazzling smile and they might forget to look for what you’re hiding.



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Alex J.
Alex J5 years ago

That smile of Romney's is creepy.

Linda McKellar
Past Member 5 years ago

Strange that Romney says the poor think they are entitled. What the hell was he? He didn't get his money, education and connections through hard work. He got them through his old man.

Jonathan Y.
Jonathan Y5 years ago

I thought O. won the last one when I heard it on radio. TV-genic stuff like smiling is what those in the biz call 'atmospherics' and I think it's a load of hooey. Leading us out of this recession is not a sales job. It's deadly serious business, and for some on the lower end it could be fatal, literally. More fatalities guaranteed under R. than O. No one should be G-D smiling over it.

Robert H.
Robert Hamm5 years ago

Mitt sure wasn't smiling much last night LOLOLOLOL Obama Ran over him.

Jan H.
Jan H.5 years ago

To the Jewish and all peoples of the world,
In the beginning when God set up the earth and all the galaxies and such God spoke to mankind; I divide this land by birthright. The left hand of My peoples, The ones who live by My words, shall have the Priesthood and the right shall have the resources. Why? Because when I placed the information within your D.N.A.regarding ones very formation I also gave the instructions to choose the very best of you to be brought forth during your growth within the womb! Mankind with his efforts to change these areas has resulted in flaws as efforts of even ones schooling criteria while he attended his school, even in this there was also an attempt to make him use another hand. While most succeeded in this transformation others didn’t. One also appoints their kings erroneously in continued ruler ship today!

Furthermore the proclamation of reasoning why this requirement of priesthood was transformed doesn’t stand muster even as one has stated “he did not want it” in the very beginning! Which one of you, when his fatherly patriarch passes away states ‘I don’t want the blessings of my father give it to another’? Afterwards one professed Jacob beguiled Esau and took this birthright once again and now you still retain this today in grave error. Is it not written the sons will not be responsible for their fathers sins? By these very words all these nefarious agreements then became null and void

Jan H.
Jan H.5 years ago

I know some of the criteria I post may be off subject with regards to the present situations bing discussed but the reason I do it is because it's all interrelated. When it's all finally said and done only then will the peoples realize there can only be one way to peace. Everyone's actions lead to other actions and unless one has the correct foundation to build upon everything comes tumbling down in the aftermath. Some events and such happen right away but others happen over time. The ones happening over time are usually the ones which inhibit us the most because we are unaware until it's too late! On would think with all the knowledge we have today and even our past histories, why this never seems to be addressed. Therein lies your answer because just maybe there are certain criteria withheld by certain peoples for the good of a few and the destruction's of the many! Anyway I would like to enclose an E-Mail I just sent to the Jewish society. I'm beginning to think maybe I may be sending my E-mails there in error though because I had expected them to act upon them but then I thought what better way to keep this information from reaching the peoples and because if I keep sending to only them they control the outcome therefore I'm beginning to post here for everyone's edification's. You know the way it should be! How much do I know? Believe me when I tell you I could even take you by the hand and lead you to the Garden Of Eden for starters! You know the one they sta

Carole R.
Carole R5 years ago


Alicia N.
Alicia N5 years ago

Good Luck Mr. President.

James Maynard
James Maynard5 years ago

Mr. Romney (tryin to be polite!!!!) could learn to
stop talking and sit down when his time is up.

His pathetic "Bullying" tactic in the first debate
was not tolerated tonight. Thank the stars.....

Kevin Brown
Kevin B5 years ago

Yeah Lee, like Ann Romney has ever washed anything (clothes, dishes, etc.) in her rich and pampered life. The proper way to phrase it is that "mama Romney will spend some time telling the maid to wash out hubbies magic underwear." I know it is a slight change, but we do want to be accurate, lol.