Creepiest Moment From Last Night's Debate

Did anyone else catch this? During the GOP debate last night, after Tim Russert asked Mitt Romney whether he'd "do for Social Security what Ronald Reagan did in 1983," you could distinctly make out a male voice whispering "raise taxes" and sure enough, as if on cue, Romney responded "I'm not gonna raise taxes." I thought I'd imagined it until I saw this video over at The Right's Field. Check it out.

WTF? Anyone catch a glimpse of Romney's back to see whether there was a box-shaped device jutting out from underneath his jacket? Or was there someone underneath his podium feeding him answers, maybe even controlling his every word and motion? Cuz you know, Romney is a muppet after all.

Tags: 2008 Presidential election, Mitt Romney, Republican debate (all tags)



Re: Creepiest Moment From Last Night's Debate

If I had to guess, I'd say it was intended for Russert.  Someone was wordingt he question for him.

by danielj 2008-01-25 11:15AM | 0 recs
Audio Spotlight

A colleague has advanced that Romney was using an 'Audio Spotlight' which was directed at his head but was picked up by his microphone.

by kristoph 2008-01-25 04:27PM | 0 recs
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Please, please, please let this guy win the nomination!  He'd be a worse national candidate than either Mondale or Dukakis.

by NC State Dem 2008-01-25 11:20AM | 0 recs
Why Do You Say That?

He has run the best campaign on the Republican side so far (granted, he has had a huge money advantage).  

He has the tacit power of the Bush's behind him, other elements of the Republican establishment support him, he might keep Bloomberg out of the general (as a duplicate), he's a successful businessman which is an asset in a recession year, he was elected governor in a Blue State and at one time, Iowa evangelicals supported him before they bolted to Huckabee.  Against HRC, he could run as the change, anti-Washington candidate.

I don't think that he would win (as of today) but you can make a pretty good case that he would be a more difficult general election opponent than McCain. Romney is the only candidate on the other side that I am even a little bit worried about.  

by mboehm 2008-01-25 11:59AM | 0 recs
Re: Why Do You Say That?

Romney has no principles, no core beliefs. He'll say anything to get elected.

And that could be a bad thing for us. He'll say what's popular--that he'll cut taxes and increase domestic spending, that he'll bring the troops home, that he'll give every eight year old girl a pony.

Unlike McCain, who will stick to his far right beliefs (in Iraq for another 100 years), Romney will shed his conservative skin to try to be all things to all voters.

Of course an obvious phony like that could never be elected, but it would be a sorta close race.

by Kal 2008-01-25 12:08PM | 0 recs
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I am praying for Mitt Romney to be nominated. What a disaster.

by arkansasdemocrat 2008-01-25 11:42AM | 0 recs
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Yeah, Mitt's the one I want.  His Mormonism scares the evangelicals, his flip-floppery concerns the conservatives, and he lacks the perceived "regular guy" authenticity that sways the marginal voters.  I think we'd win some southern states if he ran.  

by danielj 2008-01-25 12:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Creepiest Moment From Last Night's Debate

I heard this last night! Thanks for confirming I'm not crazy.

by danIA 2008-01-25 11:54AM | 0 recs
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That is so priceless that I used it at No Quarter: the-boycott-chuck-norris-open-thread/
-- You might enjoy grabbing the "Boycott Chuck Norris" material!

P.S. We grabbed your code for the delegate count and put it up in the far-right column.  That's a great feature!

by susanhu 2008-01-25 01:02PM | 0 recs
If Mitt is a Muppet...

...then he is definitely Count von Count because he looks like a friggin' vampire.

by TheUnknown285 2008-01-25 01:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Creepiest Moment From Last Night's Debate

I don't mean to defend the indefensible candidate, but isn't the most likely explanation that someone behind Russert whispered to the person next to them what Russert was referring to?

by CA Pol Junkie 2008-01-25 01:40PM | 0 recs
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You didn't even need to bother posting comments - the title of your post and the picture said it all.

by AnnC 2008-01-25 02:37PM | 0 recs
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Perhaps it was one of the other candidates?  All of their microphones were live at the time, no?

by peter0118 2008-01-25 03:06PM | 0 recs
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it was probably Brian Williams whispering to Russert to complete his question because his open ended question about Reagan and Social Security may have confused the viewers if they didn't know that Reagan raised taxes to keep Social Security solvent.

If you listen to Russert's question, he asked Willard if he would do what Reagan did with Social Security. Williams probably wanted Russert to fill in that information.  

by gomer 2008-01-25 06:50PM | 0 recs


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