Did Anyone Notice Romney Pulling The Cheat Sheet Out Of His Pocket When He First Stood Behind The Podium? One Of The Rules: No Notes!—
Chris Cook (@cwcook1000) October 05, 2012
Well, it was inevitable. Lefties have spent the last two days twisting themselves in intellectual knots trying to explain their Dear Leader’s miserable debate performance. Their excuses have run the gamut, from high altitude to women to loud noises to being confronted with the truth. Today, though, the big buzz was over a mysterious white material clutched by Romney at the debate.
The speculation began yesterday at Democratic Underground. Some eagle-eyed genius noticed that when Romney walked on stage and up to the podium, he removed something white from his pocket. Lefty logic dictates that it could only have been one thing: a cheat sheet. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen: Romney didn’t win the debate on his merits; he won it because of a forbidden piece of paper. You see, candidates are not allowed to bring notes into debates.
Here’s the damning video, complete with a slow-motion sequence:
Did you see it? Are you scandalized? The liberal blogosphere certainly was.
The Daily Kos couldn’t wait to get a piece of the conspiracy action:
The author of that exposé thought the whole thing looked “hinky.”
The Daily Beast followed suit:
Wonkette hopped aboard as well:
Not to mention a heap of foaming-at-the-mouth liberal Twitterers:
Mitt Romney CHEATED at debate! dailykos.com/story/2012/10/… youtube.com/watch?v=7OAoA4… twitter.com/KatieAnnieOakl… c-spanvideo.org/clip/4006759 @ThomasARoberts @Maddow—
ProChoiceGrandma (@ProChoiceGramma) October 05, 2012
Sadly, as it turned out, the conspiratorial liberals were wrong. Mitt Romney’s “cheat sheet” was, in reality, a handkerchief. Foiled again!
Wonkette walked back its original claim — and qualified the walk-back, natch:
So we are now willing to stipulate that it is possible Mitt Romney is not a cheating cheater, in this one instance.
But he totally still could be.
Even the “real reporters” at The Week grudgingly agreed that the suspicious white article was most likely a handkerchief.
And at least a couple of liberals noted that the conspiracy was ridiculous:
obama lost the debate. romney didnt cheat. and even if he did obama lost. the unemployment change is real. nobody cooked the books.—
Oliver Willis (@owillis) October 05, 2012
Obama supporters let's not reach on the cheat sheet thing… Let's continue the path of fact checking Romney's flip flopping—
Mitchell Marchand (@MitchMarchand) October 05, 2012
So, Obama’s loss was still Romney’s fault, but not because Romney cheated. Oh well.
The whole thing left conservatives facepalming:
I love it when the left piles on and calls us "conspiracy theorists." They are the undisputed KINGS of ridiculous theories.—
Ben Howe (@BenHowe) October 05, 2012
So liberals are saying Romney used a cheat sheet against Obama, what's that say about Obama if a single sheet of paper can derail him—
Kyle (@kdro16) October 05, 2012
Doesn’t say much.
Conservative blogger Moe Lane revealed what a cheat-kerchief might look like, if Romney had actually had one:
That’s much more organized than what people are speculating Obama’s debate night notepad looked like:
One Twitterer pointed out how the Democrats could potentially learn from this experience:
For the VP debate, Ryan should spot Biden at least 10 handkerchiefs, just to make it fair.—
Chårly (@chuck_dizzle) October 05, 2012
That’s a win, right there.