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FPD: Barack is Soooo Cool and Cute and Funny… Mitt Romney is Stuffy and Serious and… um, Presidential…

How about that debate last night. Wow, that was a real zinger! You knew it would be from the moment they took the feeding tubes away and rolled Bob Schieffer out.

So if you’re basically engaged with politics for 23 minutes a month and think Kim Kardashian is high-caliber mayoral material, you thought Obama won.

If, however, you weighed the nuances of the exchanges in the debate and know little things, for instance, like that the United States is in the northern hemisphere, you know my man Barack was in trouble almost from the moment he opened his mouth.

This came as a shocker to Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell over at CBS who KNOW Barack won hands down.

Hot Air:

Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell seem a little surprised by the results of this focus group conducted by CBS during last night’s debate, a group that consists of eight undecided voters in Ohio — a critical swing state for both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Conventional wisdom and spot polls showed Obama winning a narrow victory over Romney in last night’s debate, but that’s not how CBS’ independents saw it [Video].

I mean CBS goes to all this expense and trouble rounding up undecided voters who they are sure will lean Obama, and THESE morons go the other way! This is not supposed to happen on Live TV!

The thud you just heard was a CBS producer’s head hitting the floor and rolling down the hall.

Yes, my man Barack was cool and funny and cute and… well, small — ‘shockingly small,’ Charles Krauthammer noted — and Mitt was serious and not real funny and… um, presidential.

But is that really what we’re looking for in a president?

Here’s one Obama quip in which he responds to Mitt Romney saying he will not cut $1 trillion from our military budget:

But I think Governor Romney maybe hasn’t spent enough time looking at how our military works.

You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines.

Well, now, that’s true, but we also have less of those ships that go underwater and the hardware it takes to keep them afloat. Not to mention the military still uses bayonets and even used horses in the invasion of Afghanistan. So, cute little zinger though it was, it did not bolster Barack’s argument for cutting our military to the size of Boy Scout Troop 37, in Duluth.

Here’s where I knew the evening was over for President Barry From Washington:

In response to Obama’s condescending, ‘You indicated that we shouldn’t be passing nuclear treaties with Russia despite the fact that 71 senators, Democrats and Republicans, voted for it….’ Romney says:

‘Russia does continue to battle us in the U.N. time and time again. I have clear eyes on this. I’m not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia, or Mr. Putin. And I’m certainly not going to say to him, I’ll give you more flexibility after the election. After the election, he’ll get more backbone….

Small vs. Presidential.

To sum it up, following are just two examples as to why Team Obama will very probably lose the election 14 days from now. Both taken from the pop culture media.

Yesterday Vanity Fair ran this story, meant to be seen as an all-in-fun-run at Romney, no harm, no foul. Right. What it of course is, is an attempt to demean the Governor as a mean-spirited rich kid.

Vanity Fair:

EXCLUSIVE: Never-Before-Seen Photos of Young Mitt Romney, High-School Prankster

Imagine this: as the election winds to a close, Vanity Fair uncovers a shoe box of old yearbook photos, newspaper clippings, and snapshots of a teenaged Mitt Romney. Our source is a disgruntled employee in the Romney-family stables who insisted that she be referred to only as “R.R.” before handing us the previously unseen images. In them, a very recognizable Mitt goofs off with friends and engages in the kinds of pranks for which he is well remembered from his days at the Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. His now familiar childhood grin is on full display as he mocks gay classmates, slips a teacher a Mickey, and even fires a beloved school janitor. That Mitt! Such a goof! A handsome, wealthy goof!

These hit pieces are not random; they are orchestrated directly out of the Obama campaign by David Axelrod and Stephanie Cutter.

In contrast let’s look at a Radar Online story that broke within the last 24 hours.

Radar:

Trumped-Up Charges? Republicans Rejected Man’s Claims That Obama Sold Cocaine In College

A man claiming to be a close pal to President Obama during college made contact with Republican operatives recently, ready to go public with claims that Obama used and sold cocaine in college, RadarOnline.com is reporting exclusively.

The operatives tried to spread the story through the media and the Romney campaign, a source close to the situation told Radar….

Operatives close to the Romney campaign were contacted and rejected the information, the source told Radar.

“They didn’t want anything to do with it,” the source said. “They thought it was not anything they wanted to be associated with or anything their candidate would want to be associated with.”

The distinction here is one perhaps lost on Team O and Obama’s most ardent supporters. Character. What we saw in last night’s debate was a textbook example of that distinction in real time.

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