When tonight is over and "death wish" Candy Crowley has had her way in trying to affect the arc of this campaign by skewering Mitt Romney and favoring as much as possible her candidate Barack Obama, we will have a lot to think about.
Why were the two women chosen as moderators clearly Democrats? Why was it deemed appropriate to question Romney about so many personal matters without covering any involving Obama? Why did you fail to ask any questions about Obama's family in Kenya, including a half-brother living in squalor?
All you have to do is compare the 2011 holiday cards from Obama and Romney to discern the difference between what has been and what can be concerning a big heart, openness to helping others, and family.
The Obama's chose a card in 2011 profiling their dog. In the picture are two empty chairs, not just one as used during the Republican Convention.
The Romney's card included two photographs. In the one are Mitt Romney and his grandchildren. In the other, you find Romney's entire family.
Was the Obama card designed to remind everyone of Seamus, Romney's family dog? The storyline appears to be that it was not. According to the card's designer:
Explaining the card's illustration, Los Angeles artist Mark Matuszak, 47, told The Times that the White House asked him for "something home related," so he came up with a conventional, Norman Rockwell-style image of a hearth. Photoshop to the rescue: A digitally inserted Bo is stretched out in the warmth of a roaring fire, beneath Georgia O'Keeffe's serene 1930 landscape painting, "Mountain at Bear Lake--Taos," which hangs over a mantelpiece decorated with greens. A nearby table is loaded with wrapped Christmas presents beneath a huge red poinsettia.
But can we really believe this? Is it telling that the president who wrote an autobiography he admitted was not entirely true would have digitally inserted his dog into the picture?
The use of Christmas in connection with Obama's politics is not new.
The first year in office, the Obamas included a Christmas tree decoration of Chairman Mao, a mass murderer whose reign of terror only concluded when his wife was incarcerated for her cleansing of the population of anyone without proper tendencies, banishing them to the wilderness for years in China's own version of the Arab "Spring." Why would the Christmas tree have such a person memorialized and approved for our White House holidays? For that matter, where did that ornament come from? Did it hang in Chicago every year? If so, why?
We can guarantee you that these telling views of the Obamas and Romneys Holiday cards will not be on anyone's radar tonight. But they should be. They raise a much more significant issue about who Barack Obama really is than any story about any dog. They raise an important question about who has the bigger heart and will do better for our country. A person whose use of Christmas includes politics, or a person whose every day is spent doing good for people everywhere, including his entire family.
We know that Obama has provided an environment that has harmed minorities, rather than helped them. Their unemployment and income plights have become more pronounced under Obama.
We know that Obama visits many Hollywood celebrities, helicopters into places to give grand speeches, and feels more comfortable on The View rather than on Face the Nation or fulfilling his constitutionally required duties of handling matters of state. He would far rather leave managing the Department of State and holding meetings with world leaders to others.
Obama does not visit ghettos, talk with the poor in Appalachia, and work on a budget that builds infrastructure, a key ingredient of his plans to revive the country four years ago. He maintains his jet set, with it image wherever he goes in the company of some of the wealthiest people in the world.
There are many stories about Mitt Romney that never see the mainstream media, or for that matter many other media. The media see to it that they never see the light of day.
Here are two you probably missed, from his eldest son. Romney does not talk about these things. Others do.
He was so busy doing things that he made sure that he brought his sons along with him to help minister to people. I remember a time, he got a call one Friday night from somebody -- she lived on the West Coast, and she said, "My daughter is living in Dorchester, and she and her husband have a young baby, and they don't have any money, and they've run out of fuel, and they can't fill their oil tank, and they have no heat." It was just before Christmas. "And they're very cold. Is there anything you, as bishop, can do to help them?" He grabbed me and my brother Matt and drove down to their house to take stock of the situation. It was very cold in their house. He called the oil company and said, "Listen, I'll pay for a tank of oil," and he bought some food for them. The oil company couldn't come until Monday, and it was Friday, so we went home. We loaded up the station wagon with firewood that we had spent the summer chopping. They had a wood-burning stove there. So we brought the firewood in, got a fire going for them. We stopped on the way, at Toys ‘R’ Us and bought some Christmas presents for the little girl. And it's just one small example. And he spent the next six months helping them, counseling the husband on how to find a job and what to do to get his résumé so he could go out and get a job, and making sure that they had enough money that they were eating and that they had enough money to pay for their fuel bill.
It's just one example of many. I remember another time there was someone whose son was dying of cancer. He was 14 years old, and my dad spent time with them as they went through that difficult process, both of getting ready for that and trying to help him, visiting the hospital, and then after he passed away at 14, helping to comfort the family. And being there with my dad at the bedside of the boy in the hospital, those were experiences that meant a lot to us. Cameras weren't rolling. There weren't -- excuse me. But it was great to see his love for others, and he did his best to pass that on to us.
There is not a single story about Barack Obama like this. Not one. Instead we hear of his cold aloofness and his organizing skills. And his kindness in lending someone $107.
There are many more about Mitt Romney. Some of these stories are included in this article. Here is one from this article that deals with Mitt Romney and his character.
Secretary Jane Edmonds is a liberal African-American Democrat who served as Romney's cabinet secretary for education and workforce training. Her speech about Romney at the Republican Convention included the following statements:
He is the real thing. Authentic. Honest, transparent, and inclusive. ...I wanted to be around him... where my energy, skills and talents would be channeled, along with others, towards the public good. ....The governor was in office, not for himself, or to promote himself, but for the people....During the four years I served in the cabinet, I saw him up close and personal. ...He is an amazing steward and leader. ... Unselfish leadership....Motivated by doing good for others. That is how I see Governor Romney. He is authentic....He brought out the best in me, and as President, he will bring out the best in our country.
When the debate is over tonight, ask yourself if any of these stories emerged from the debate. Ask yourself if you understand how a man like this could find it in himself only to help himself and his rich buddies, as claimed by Obama and his henchmen and henchwomen. Ask yourself if he would ever abandon 47% of the country.
And ask yourself why it is that your picture of Romney after two debates remains so different from the false image promoted incessantly by Obama and his team. Could it really be that he is someone different? Could it be that he is a liar and a cheat, nothing like you see him in the debates?
Then, please consider the real Mitt Romney before you vote, instead of the fantasy man invented by Obama and his team.
If you give him a chance, Romney will win in a landslide.