All over but the shouting: As we noted yesterday, any chance of a real discussion ends with the last presidential debate.
From that point on, it’s all over but the apocryphal shouting. There’s nothing left to do but to get us rubes all outraged and furious.
Last evening, we looked in on The Five on Fox; the fury and lunacy were general. They started with Obama and Christie making nice in New Jersey. But about fifteen minutes in, Serra High School’s own Greg Gutfeld introduced a bit of tone concerning Hurricane Sandy:
GUTFELD (10/31/12): I want to introduce a new phrase that—after hearing a lot of this stuff, I call it political looting. This is when you use a catastrophe to further a political aim that you were unable to push before.He didn't learn that in San Mateo! From there, the gang moved on to a couple of cherry-picked polls which showed that Romney was going to win.
A couple of examples: Maureen Dowd talking about Christie's new relationship with Obama. The hurricane is the fault of the climate change deniers. Here you have Al Gore using other people's misery to advance his own profile. He's disgusting.
After that? Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi! In our view, Andrea Tantaros brought the eternal note of sadness in, as the poet once wrote:
TANTAROS: Well, late-night comics are cracking jokes but the continuing controversy over what really happened the night terrorists killed four Americans in Benghazi is not funny. The White House may be forced to address the situation in the coming days if what Newt Gingrich says turns out to be true.The source of Gingrich's rumor was a fairly reliable senator! Just for the record: If Candidate Romney robs a bank, that will “look really bad” too.
GINGRICH (videotape): There is a rumor—I want to be clear, it's a rumor, that two networks have e-mails from the national security advisor's office telling a counterterrorist group to stand down. That a group in real-time trying to mobilize the Marines and the C-130s and the fighter aircraft. They were told explicitly by the White House stand down and do nothing. This is not a terrorist action.
If that's true, I've been told this by a fairly reliable U.S. senator, if that's true and that comes out in the next day or two, I think it raises enormous questions about the president's role.
TANTAROS: Now as Gingrich said, this is a rumor. But, Eric, if this were to surface, I mean, this piles on to what I still think looks really bad.
If is a powerful word.
The Five were in a frenzy by the end of the hour. Though we’ll have to admit, we thought we saw some similarity as we watched the Maddow Show. Rachel was watching Obama and Christie making nice in Jersey too. And for her, it was also clear where the wild things were:
MADDOW (10/31/12): You know, you would expect in a disaster this big that a president would be standing alongside and directing storm response with the governor from the state most affected by the disaster. I mean, generically speaking, this sort of appearance is not a remarkable concept.We’re sorry, but it simply wasn’t “a remarkable decision” when Romney decided to keep campaigning. If you're a candidate for the White House, it's hard to do anything else. And guess what? Inevitably, whether you say so or not, Obama was campaigning too.
This thing becomes remarkable, though, to see President Obama and Chris Christie standing together and praising one another and talking about the ways they are working together, and to see their coordinated state and federal efforts to respond to this disaster as governor and president. This sort of thing becomes remarkable today, only because President Obama is a Democrat and Chris Christie is a Republican, and Chris Christie specifically is a Republican who has been a very caustic partisan critic of President Obama, in his role as a campaign surrogate for Mitt Romney, who President Obama is running against, in a presidential election that ends in six days.
Mitt Romney and that campaign today, that campaign that Chris Christie has been supporting, they made a somewhat remarkable decision to go ahead and keep campaigning today, to get back on the campaign trail and start doing partisan campaign rallies again, even while the president was still suspending his own schedule, so he could respond to the storm.
So what we saw today, in split screen, was President Obama departing the White House en route to storm-ravaged New Jersey, after he stopped in at FEMA headquarters, and at the same time, Mitt Romney in full-on campaign mode in Tampa, Florida. And then it was President Obama touring coastal New Jersey and comforting victims of hurricane Sandy, while Mitt Romney was holding what he called a big victory rally outside Miami.
Rachel went on to fire our fury, naming several Republicans who had failed to be totally silent out of respect for Obama’s remarkable work in New Jersey.
Rachel got us all worked up, helping us locate our inner fury. We are willing to posit a guess:
As with The Five, so too over here. Some of us swallowed this whole.
Serra High's most famous alumni: In descending order of greatness:
Tom BradyDental health is quite important. We're going to guess that Giuliani can buy and sell them all!
Coach John Robinson, USC
Bill Keller, New York Times
Greg Gutfeld, Fox News Channel
David Giuliani, inventor of the Sonicare toothbrush