Bob Schieffer will moderate tonight's final debate tonight in Boca Raton, Florida. Schieffer's a seasoned political journalist who's no stranger to beltway evasion tactics. Previous moderators, Martha Raddatz and Candy Crowley, raised expectations in the last few weeks by asking tough follow up questions and encouraging the candidates to move beyond their talking points.
Whether Schieffer will be a true journalist or simply an M.C. could solidify an exciting new precedent or create the largest collective wonkery groan since Obama's spilled milk pun. The difference between Sorkin Newsroom level dialogue or Orwellian doublespeak, will depend largely on how well Schieffer chooses to use his skills as an interviewer and pundit. Stay tuned.
Final Presidential Debate:
Topic: Foreign policy
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9:06 pm: Romney: "We can't kill our way out of this." Inner monologue: "But maybe we can buy our way out...?"
9:42 pm: Obama: "We also have less bayonets." Thought bubble: "Presidents don't sit around counting their toys."
9:43 pm: Romney note: "On day one I will buy Syria and then downsize it."
9:48 pm: For a guy who dislikes entitlements, Mittens feels awfully entitled to power. "WHEN I'm President..." Sheesh.
9:49 pm: Romney: "I agree with President Obama, but I would change the following: something."
Obama: "We have ships that go underwater! Ships planes can land on! And then they take off and go zoom! Pow! Pow! Pow! KABLOOIE!
9:55 pm: "Whopper" joins "Malarky," in the pantheon of approved substitutes for BULLSHIT.
10:00 pm: Twitter check:
10:03 pm: I was 17 when the towers fell. The president really understands what a boogey man bin Laden was for Millennials who came of age during this war.
10:08 pm: OH MY GOD please say how Romney vetoed a veteran's rights bill. Do it. Do it now.
10:11 pm: "Obama bin Laden." Get it together Schieffer.
10:12 pm: Dropping a drone question. Nice comeback.
10:13 pm: "I believe we should use any and all means..." But we can't kill our way out of this. Logical consistency is for the poors.
10:18 pm: The Onion killing it per usual. "Obama Takes Out Romney With Mid-Debate Drone Attack"
10:22 pm: There's a more substantive conversation happening on #MockTheVote and The Onion right now than this debate. Has satire become the only way to speak political truth? What are your thoughts?
10:25 pm: Anyone else really annoyed by how Romney says, "entrepreneur?"
10:33 pm: Is "hope of the earth" also a Friday Night Lights catchphrase? A girl can dream.
10:44 pm: aaaaand FIN! The last bid for precious undecided voters is over. Romney took a risk veering to the left and trying to show America the "moderate governor of a blue state" guy. Whether or not it hurts him with his base is anyone's guess. Let's be honest though, do extreme conservatives really care about anything but getting the black guy out and stopping the gays from getting married? To the polls!