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:

http://youtu.be/yl6HrTjPCPs

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:

https://twitter.com/Pajoe/status/254196131096043521

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:

https://twitter.com/missinJ_07/status/254352072701517824

Sadly, as it turned out, the conspiratorial liberals were wrong. Mitt Romney’s “cheat sheet” was, in reality, a handkerchief. Foiled again!

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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:

So, Obama’s loss was still Romney’s fault, but not because Romney cheated. Oh well.

The whole thing left conservatives facepalming:

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:

Heh.

One Twitterer pointed out how the Democrats could potentially learn from this experience:

That’s a win, right there.

  • Taxpayer1234

    Ann Romney said Mitt always puts a note on the debate podium that says “Dad.” That must be the “cheat sheet” they’re squawking about.

  • Taxpayer1234

    Ann Romney said Mitt always puts a note on the debate podium that says “Dad.” That must be the “cheat sheet” they’re squawking about.

  • Clayton B

    Romney needed the hanky to cover his nose, the smell from all the bullsh7t Obama was shovelling must have been horrendous.

    • Michael Mellnick

      well how else was the camera gonna see him all the bs that came out of romney’s mouth was at least chest high in there

      • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

        You’re just mad because Romney beat Obama, smacked him down, with the truth. Stop being mad, bro.

        • Bob Ferri

          Di, let him be mad, Obama is making me mad!

          • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

            Touche!

      • Bob Ferri

        Michael, you should have been there!

      • ratizbad

        Sorry loser,All of you left crooks.

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      At least Obama had one ‘shovel-ready’ job.

      • BlueGood

        OMG = O’Buma Must Go…

        That creative on the yellow “FOOLSCAP” is precious…I saved th epic to send out to all my friends….

        “O’Bama bin Lyin” was his true self in the debate….USELESS!!

        • Bob Ferri

          Oh come on now he MUST be good for something!

    • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

      Um…what about Romney saying that pre-existing conditions would be covered by his plan. An outright lie. Blatant. Lie. He immediately backtracked and said that it doesn’t.

  • Danny Wheeler

    LOL! In yo’ face, libs!

  • Discontentwliars

    Shute.. One of my pet-pevs is cheaters and liars, so I thought this might be worthy of investigation. Guess I’ll go back to reading Executive Orders, and trying to find out if we had any warning about Libia, or if Turkey/Syria is going to blow up, or if Delphi pensions were stolen by Government.

  • http://forksmommy.blogspot.com/ IM FROM FORKS

    Poor sports! Get over it! Romney nailed this debate and you are just a bunch of whining little babies! Look at all the lies that your precious “anointed one” has spread about Romney these past months! Well Obama said in his last campaign..if you can’t run on your record you better be able to kill your opponent…what that means in simple terms..is since my record has sucked the past four years I better do all the lying and deceiving I can about Romney or Im toast! And this debate proved that he is toast!!! His record and his lying has caught up to him!

    • Bob Ferri

      Watch out they may call you a nasty name for using the word “toast” as compared to white bread.

  • https://twitter.com/Guy_Montag_OG Guy_Montag_OG

    All we need is Oliver Stone’s interpretation of HankyGate, and the Lib-Wackadoodle-Circle will be complete.

  • dftl

    These people are mentally ill.

    • Johnny Banco

      Yes, yes, yes they are! :)

    • Bob Ferri

      Don’t knock the mentally ill, I used to be a democrat.

  • Postbackxp

    When I cheat at a debate I always have the answers tattooed to the inside of my
    eyelids. That way when I blink Hey wait a 2nd I think I heard Obama blinked more then Romney.
    Damn eyelid tattooing cheater.

    • Bob Ferri

      When I cheat at a debate I always have the answers tattooed to the inside of my eyelids also, BUT, on the outside of my eyelids I would paint eyes. Sometimes blue eyes, sometimes brown, whatever mood I’m in.

  • WingedBishop

    He probably wanted to write his number on it so Obama would know what number to call for his concession.

    • Bob Ferri

      Just let him walk away from the big house like thousands of others had to do.

  • JoH113

    Wow, Daily Kos is still around?

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      Of course it is, don’t you know that ‘Kos’ stands for ‘King Soros’?

  • Sheerie Knoll

    I saw a video of Obama wiping his nose during the debate, without a handkerchief. Maybe, Romney will bring an extra one next time.

    • rivers

      It was a pick, not a scratch. And a two fingered one at that.

      • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

        I bet Obama wiped the boog under the podium.

        • Bob Ferri

          Di, GROSS! But you are probably right.

      • Bob Ferri

        it was a pick AND a scratch. I couldn’t take my eyes off his nose because it looked like it was getting longer.

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      Ewwwwww and Romney had to shake his snotty hand.

      • Bob Ferri

        But Mitt will forgive him.

        • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

          That’s just the kind of good guy Romney is.

          • Bob Ferri

            You got it!

    • Bob Ferri

      good catch Sheerie, I caught it too!

    • Bob Ferri

      Just give him a beach towel!

  • nc

    Ok, which was funnier? The idiot who conceded that maybe Romney didn’t cheat but “totally could have?” Or the yellow pad “Debate Notes?” Honestly, I can’t decide.

    Thanks Twitchy, for a great end of the week laugh!

    • redheadgrl

      the yellow pad debate notes definitely win.

      • Bob Ferri

        So you are implying that Obama can read?

    • Guest

      I 2nd it!

    • Guest

      many thanks!

  • Grandma HeadInjury

    I am still cracking up over those debate notes. Comedy gold!

    • Bob Ferri

      And Obama will be comedy gold for many years to come! Oh I love this country! And it is not the first time in my life that I felt this way. You too Michelle?

  • Adela Wagner

    Romney could not have cheated if he DID have a cheat sheet, he was too busy TRYING to look Obama in the eye, looking at Jim, and looking out at the American People.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Exactly! When did Romney even look down at his podium?

      • anon

        it was braile.

      • Psicologio

        HE USED THE HANDKERCHIEF JUST TO HAVE AN EXCUSE TO DEFEND HIMSELF AFTER !!!
        IF YOU SEE THE VIDEO TIL WHEN HE LEFT THE STAGE YOU SEE THAT HE BRINGS WITH HIM a A4 FORMAT RIGID PIECE OF PAPER..HE TRIES TO HIDE IT IN HIS POCKETS, HE FINDS NO PLACE AND AT THE END HE GIVES IT TO A MEMEBER OF HIS STAFF…IT’S USUAL TO GIVE YOUR USED HANDKERCHIEF TO SOMEONE ELSE !!! Wake up, folks !!!!!
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLQMMzbqXng&feature=player_embedded
        PS : see it just to the end !!!

    • Bob Ferri

      Mitt didn’t cheat, come on now. Ray Charles could have beaten him.

    • Bob Ferri

      And trying not to laugh!

  • TexSizzle

    Liberals projecting that because they cheat, everyone cheats, and Romney almost got away with it. Obviously Obama’s belt-buckle TelePrompTer was malfunctioning, or *he* would have won the debate.

    • Michael Mellnick

      you mean like the rnc registering dead people in fla ohh thse tricky libs

      • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

        Yeah those tricky Libs who joined the RNC and registered dead people like they do in the DNC.

        • Bob Ferri

          So you’re saying that dead people shouldn’t vote? The ACLU might have something to say about that!

          • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

            I bet they would! Haha.

        • Bob Ferri

          Heck, I have been voting for my grand-parents even tho they died many years ago. I thought that that was what the absentee ballots were for, they are absent!

      • mhojai

        Repubs aren’t the ones fighting voter ID moron!
        Fraud and thuggery is the only way you libtards get anywhere!

        • Bob Ferri

          do you mean “libturds” instead of “libtards”? i guess either one will work!

      • TexSizzle

        Yes, I mean like liberals claiming the RNC registered dead people, when that’s what the liberals do.

      • TexSizzle

        Yes, I mean like liberals claiming the RNC registered dead people, when that’s what the liberals do.

    • Bob Ferri

      In their next debate, let’s give obama TWO TelePrompTers and none for Mitt and it might be a fair debate then.

      • TexSizzle

        And put different info on each – then they’ll say we cheated by confusing Nobama.

      • TexSizzle

        And put different info on each – then they’ll say we cheated by confusing Nobama.

    • Bob Ferri

      I thought most Liberals were just liars, and now you’re telling me that they cheat too?

      • TexSizzle

        Exactly. 😉

      • TexSizzle

        Exactly. 😉

  • BeeKaaay

    Leftwingwackos have their KKKonspiracies :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.jefferies.96 Richard Jefferies

    Does anyone remember when they accused bush of having a radio under his jacket during a debate?

    • redheadgrl

      Yeah, because he is the stupidest man ever, but masterminded the 9/11 attacks with only 8 months of preparation.

      • Michael Mellnick

        hate to break it to you those nuts that think 9/11 was a gov plot are in the republican party

        • redheadgrl

          more like the libertarians, but ok, whatever.

        • Jim Wafwot

          Sorry… Most Truthers are liberals. Do your homework.

        • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

          Actually, no, they aren’t. They’re all your people.

        • Jeff Coil

          shows how much you know. Which is to say, nothing.

        • Jay Stevens

          Rosie O’Donnel is a republican???

          • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

            No, she’s an expert metallurgist.

          • Bob Ferri

            Two democrats AND an expert metallurgist?

          • Bob Ferri

            I think she is two democrats.

      • Bob Ferri

        I saw a clip of Obama speaking to a gay & lesbian crowd the other day about allowing same sex marriage, will NAMBLA be next? Where will it end?

        • Herman LaClair

          plz don’t equate gays and lesbians with pedophiles. i agree with all of what’s being said here, but that’s a stretch.

          • Guest

            My omission! I have no problem with consenting adults, my point was I am not for changing the marriage laws. Thanks for your tweet! Bob.

          • Bob Ferri

            My omission! I have no problem with consenting adults, my point was I am not for changing the marriage laws. Thanks for your tweet! Bob.

      • Bob Ferri

        He’s stupid AND a mastermind? I might have to sleep on that one!

  • JeffWRidge

    I hope that Ryan walks over and hands Biden a handkerchief to inspect before the debate starts.

    • TiLiNi

      Funny! Lol

    • Bob Ferri

      And, we’ll let Biden have his teleprompter and just let him talk. He’ll still screw it up.

  • redheadgrl

    So if notes aren’t allowed, then why was Mr. Obama looking down at his almost the entire debate instead of looking Mr. Romney in the eye? Also, if Mr. Romney had a cheat sheet, he obviously didn’t need it because he was looking at Mr. Obama when he spoke, not down at the podium. #redic

    • Guest

      Obama was TRYING to read the notes!

    • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

      They are allowed to take notes during the debate. They are not allowed to BRING notes with them. Understand? I know it’s tricky.

      • redheadgrl

        Oh, I get it now. Mr. Romney brought in notes on his hanky, then proceeded throughout the debate without even looking at them! And then, he probably smeared them all up as he used his “note hanky” to wipe the perspiration off his face. It is tricky! Man, how did he do it!

      • redheadgrl

        Oh, I get it now. Mr. Romney brought in notes on his hanky, then proceeded throughout the debate without even looking at them! And then, he probably smeared them all up as he used his “note hanky” to wipe the perspiration off his face. It is tricky! Man, how did he do it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Justin-Mars/1021563074 Justin Mars

    It was a pad and paper so that he could keep track of all the jumping around Obama did. Obama could not stay on topic. Romney wrote down every main topic Obama would bring up and then he would blow him away with facts. He made Obama look really stupid. I was smiling and laughing the whole time. Cant wait unitl the VP debate. Its going to be really bad for Biden. Ryan is a human calculator and is going to confuse Biden with numbers and big fancy words.

    • Bob Ferri

      Justin, one syllable words should do the trick!

  • stillinthe60s

    Video’s in…Mitt took Prezi’s hanky so he was distracted for most of debate because he couldn’t blow his nose. It got so bad P BO had to use a 2 finger pick (as was captured on video) when Mitt was talking about him “picking” only losers. Now that is some debate prep on Mitt’s part.

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      Oh thank you for writing this. <3 Laughed so hard.

    • Bob Ferri

      Mitt’s a genius!

  • Oak Tree Lady

    Want to do something fun? Try to make comments on the CBS website of the “serious” article about Romney cheating! It’s still up! Watch your comment disappear before your eyes.

  • TiLiNi

    That YouTube video has been removed…hahaha!

  • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

    Yeah that was very CLEARLY a blank hanky Romney was using. He should have very blatantly blew his nose long and hard with it. Of course then Liberals would complain about Romney’s bugars.

    Love the Barack “notes” that @Part_Deux posted up there! Had to favorite it and re-tweet it!

    • Bob Ferri

      Di, I’ll betcha that Romney’s buggers are cleaner than Obama’s buggers.

  • http://ladyliberty1885.com/ LadyLiberty1885 – A.P. Dillon

    Chuckling at the video being removed by user.
    SCREEEEEEENSHOT for posterity.

  • W Randall

    Many people I know thought “0” had an ear piece. Speculated that his
    stammering and aloof attitude was due to him trying to listen to
    information he was being fed. I dunno, about that, makes sense, but I
    think his head is filled with so many lies about his own Presidency he
    had no rebuttal because he was hearing real facts & truth for the first time.
    His own team is doing him a disservice – lying, cheating, misleading the Nation runs deep in his presidency and his campaign. He can’t handle the truth.

    • Bob Ferri

      “O” did have an earpiece, he was listening to some rap stuff.

  • Bob Ferri

    Barack, for your next ass whipping, you can leave your family home, OK? And, we can have the debate nearer sea level, OK? One more thing we can do for you is we
    will tie one of Mitt’s hands behind his back, have him wear an eye patch over one eye, and not look you in the eye so much, OK? Or would you rather have him there naked?

  • Bob Ferri

    Mr B.O.; I just have one favor to ask of you. On your way out of the White House, please turn off ALL the lights and TVs because we have very little money left to blow! Thanks Barry.

  • Bob Ferri

    Hey Barack, it’s me again. Did you watch the debate the other night? It was the Truth Man vs a lying man. See what happens?

  • Bob Ferri

    FREE R/T FLIGHT out of the country anybody? Just go to Jet Blue/election protection and if your guy looses the election, you have a chance for this free r/t flight. They are giving away 1,000 of them. Just say that you voted for obama.

  • Bob Ferri

    Will Obama qualify for unemployment benefits?

  • Conservativeanarchist

    The liberals are unhinged. They are like stompy-foot infants. These people are incapable of giving credit where credit is due. To think many them are responsible for teaching values to our children.

    • Bob Ferri

      Landi, I could tolerate stompy-foot infants.

      • halonoah94

        I personally think that liberals give infants a bad name…

        • Guest

          That’s good! Thanks for your input.

        • Bob Ferri

          That’s good! Thanks for your input.

  • redheadgrl

    Bob – your comment about Bush running againg is being censored by twitchy – but I thought it was funny.

    • Bob Ferri

      Thanks!

  • Bob Ferri

    It is not easy for a big man to stoop to Obamas level.

  • Bob Ferri

    After spending the last few hours on this site I’m thinking that Barack, for his last crusade, might try to nullify the on-line Freedom-of-speech act. Impossible?

  • NobleHead

    Oh! Oh! Oh! I know I know, It was brail stenciled on the hanky… LOL Good Grief Monkey Chief Satan is a liar and the liberal needle nosed lib tourettes jacked idiots… Hey Hey Hey liar, liar pants are on fire! LOLL 😉

  • Bob Ferri

    Ok I’m going out on a limb here and make a prediction. The Dems are near the bottom of the barrel right now so what is left? They’ll find a hooker for a few thousand bucks and have her claim that Mitt was her main client. Show of hands please.

  • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

    Republican senators, delegates, strategists, and more have all said that they can’t win without cheating. Whether it is limiting the number of people who can vote, redistricting so that republicans win in mostly democrat counties, or by outright lying. They have to cheat to win. As shown in this video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuOT1bRYdK8

  • reneehaigh

    maybe they should have laid some lines of cocaine for the coolest president as he calls himself: maybe he would have had a more lively performance he can’t win: he can’t back up his record because the facts don’t lie: i said after the dem convention that they were going to do something to make him look good: maybe a drone maybe something about iran but this is despicable: to lie about the unemployment what a schmuck he is!! i can’t even stand to look at him anymore i just get nauseated and sad just the thought of him one more day!

    • Archangel1

      No No No He is Eye Candy remember from the view (so called Interview) Well that is his Claim that is.

  • Archangel1

    Oh good lord Liberals will just not stop at anything, But you know that if Obama had Cheat Sheet they would have found a way to Hide it and give all the excuses in the world to say what it could have been. May Mitt should have given the hanky to Obama to wipe the sweat off his brow as he was fumbling through the debate.

  • mhojai

    Pathetic losers imagine it’s necessary to cheat against jugears –hilarious!
    Like Chuck Norris having to cheat in a fight with Erkle!

  • billy86

    When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. ~ Socrates

  • Psicologio

    HE USED THE HANDKERCHIEF JUST TO HAVE AN EXCUSE…
    IF YOU SEE THE VIDEO TIL WHEN HE LEFT THE STAGE YOU SEE THAT HE BRINGS WITH HIM a A4 FORMAT RIGID PIECE OF PAPER..HE TRIES TO HIDE IT IN HIS POCKETS, HE FINDS NO PLACE AND AT THE END HE GIVES IT TO A MEMEBER OF HIS STAFF…IT’S USUAL TO GIVE YOUR USED HANDKERCHIEF TO SOMEONE ELSE !!! Wake up, folks !!!!!