THIS IS OUR ZAPRUDER FILM  9:25 am October 18, 2012

Wingnuts Furious: Shameless Lawbreaker Michelle Obama Briefly Clapped For Her Husband At Debate

by Josh Fruhlinger

She is clapping out 'Whitey' in Morse codeSorry, liberals, you probably thought that Barack Obama won the debate on Tuesday or whatever, BUT: just as sometimes you can retroactively have your Olympic medals taken away for cheating with drugs, or have winning football games turn into losses more than ten years after the fact due to a little child rape, so too can you lose a debate when it turns out that you had a biased accomplice in the crowd clapping for you, like Barack Obama did. How can you trust your assessment of Obama’s victory, now that you know that his wife was influencing your decision-making skills, with her magical clapping?

You will remember all the ludicrous coin-based rules that determined all the weird little details of how the debate would be run. But there was one law that so was iron-clad that no coin toss could overturn it: the “participating debate audience,” which means the people sitting down front that you could see on TV, most of whom made up the pool of potential questioners, were supposed to remain absolutely silent unless called upon. We shan’t have this debate degenerate into vulgar hooting of the sort you’d hear on The Arsenio Hall Show!

Nevertheless, the unwashed masses sitting in the outer darkness clapped and cheered when Candy Crowley semi-corrected Mitt on the whole “did Obama say the word ‘terror’ which is obviously much more important than any actual concrete details about the Benghazi attack” business, because they’re big fans of fact-checking we guess. The participating audience was mostly obedient and silent, though — with the exception of one Michelle Obama, as you can see in the incriminating (and non-embeddable) video grab from Fox News on Real Clear Politics. This is why you thought your Messiah won, libs: you saw that nice lady clap and then, BOOM, your mind instantly filtered out all of Romney’s cogent arguments about whore-moms and their AK-47 toting bastard babies.

Conservatives are predictably super outraged about this, and Politico has collected their rage, if you feel like hate-fapping to it. We will concede that, since Michelle Obama broke the rules by clapping, it would have been only fair if Tagg Romney had been allowed to punch Obama in the face. As it is, Team Romney had to settle for Josh Romney’s unsuccessful attempt to make the President’s head explode with his mind. [RCP]

 
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ChillBill October 18, 2012 at 9:26 am

God, I'm NOT looking forward to the "Michelle is not impressed" meme.

Terry October 18, 2012 at 9:41 am

McKayla rules the Not Impressed meme

actor212 October 18, 2012 at 9:43 am

But you can also spell McKayla "Michaela"!

AncienReggie October 18, 2012 at 10:24 am

I guess everybody but me has seen the Patrick Swayzee "Nobody puts Baby in a binder" meme?

actor212 October 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm

In fact, Jennifer Grey re-tweeted it this morning, which I thought was a nice confluence of events.

sullivanst October 18, 2012 at 11:38 am

I'm not sure it'd be so much "Michelle is not impressed" so much as "Michelle is disappointed in you", which is much more withering.

actor212 October 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

This is highly unethical and possibly illegal and so therefore the President should resign immediately

And this is nothing at all like Trapp or Track or Trick Romney threatening to punch the President out. Those darkies deserve a beating every so often, keep 'em in line

freakishlywrong October 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

He should maybe take all that rage and enlist. Oh, wait, military service is for "you people".

actor212 October 18, 2012 at 9:40 am

But imagine the headlines and honors he'd get, walking around Afghanistan or Iran, punching the enemy in the head

sullivanst October 18, 2012 at 11:39 am

But only after someone else had shot them and peed on them.

thatsitfortheother1 October 18, 2012 at 9:53 am

A Romney… take orders….?

Nevah!

actor212 October 18, 2012 at 9:58 am

He'd enlist as a five star general

elviouslyqueer October 18, 2012 at 10:02 am

Tagg, you're it!

Essentially, his argument is that he showed remarkable restraint by not jumping out of the stands like a Ricki Lake wronged-lover-of-a-transvestite-hooker audience member and taking a swing at the sitting POTUS for calling his congenital liar father a liar. So classy!

actor212 October 18, 2012 at 10:10 am

It's more a Jerry Springer thing, but your point is apt.

shelwood46 October 18, 2012 at 11:24 am

I have to admit, I am amazed that it is turning out that the Palins have more class than the Romneys.

WhatTheHolyHeck October 18, 2012 at 11:30 am

Nutshell!

RufusTFirefly October 18, 2012 at 12:24 pm

That will happen during the Jerry Springer moderated debate.

BadKitty904 October 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

Dang. Grasp at straws much?

actor212 October 18, 2012 at 9:32 am

This is such small beer, they're grasping at swizzle sticks now.

Gleem McShineys October 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Nanotechnology needs to improve a little bit first, but then, THEY'VE GOT THIS!

freakishlywrong October 18, 2012 at 9:30 am

"You'll get your chance in a moment. I'm still speaking."
Fuck you.

elviouslyqueer October 18, 2012 at 9:30 am

Impeach, baby, impeach!

WinterOuthouse October 18, 2012 at 9:35 am

Issa just came

Terry October 18, 2012 at 9:42 am

I'd prefer that he went.

Lot_49 October 18, 2012 at 9:46 am

You're saying you don't like America's favorite car alarm salesman, arsonist, and military-service prevaricator?

Me either.

MosesInvests October 18, 2012 at 10:00 am

You forgot car thief.

John Birf Society October 18, 2012 at 9:30 am

I thought they'd be happy that Michelle gave him the clap.

actor212 October 18, 2012 at 9:30 am

Conservatives are predictably super outraged about this, and Politico has collected their rage

This is much like butterfly tears or unicorn blood and has magical powers that will be UNLEASHED ON NOV. 6! FEAR IT, LIBS!

sudsmckenzie October 18, 2012 at 9:31 am

Eggs fashion sense is the true crime here.

actor212 October 18, 2012 at 9:32 am

I know, right? *Blue* nails and a pink dress? What is she, a closet democrat? Blue nails? Someone check her ID before she votes!

BadKitty904 October 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

Presumably, she just forgot to paint them "human-color"…

actor212 October 18, 2012 at 9:40 am

"Flesh"?

Gleem McShineys October 18, 2012 at 12:38 pm

It's not nail polish, it's her blue blood showing through.

MegPasadena October 18, 2012 at 1:30 pm

That outfit just didn't pass the White House curtain standard.

freakishlywrong October 18, 2012 at 9:32 am

These people are terrifying. And hilarious. Terrlarious.

actor212 October 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

Hilifying?

No, yours is better. Mine sounds like Hillary Clinton tagging a fence.

sullivanst October 18, 2012 at 11:41 am

"Let's Hilify this biznatch"

yeah, doesn't come across as intended.

CthuNHu October 18, 2012 at 11:44 am

Hillerifying.

Boojum October 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm

And terrlarious describes Mitch McConnell's house, too.

Boojum October 18, 2012 at 9:32 am

It was the hands! The HANDS that clap, clap, clapped ALL NIGHT LONG, like dark thunder, heating my dreams to sweat-filled oceans of TERROR!!!!

actor212 October 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

Manos!

BadKitty904 October 18, 2012 at 9:35 am

*Looks at Boojum*

Boojum October 18, 2012 at 10:14 am

I'm sorry. I'm better now. It was just…

He didn't see the first one, or really hear it so much as feel it. A bass drum, CLAP, as big as the world, cracking his core. He looked up, feeling the sweat spring to his skin, like oil seeping through the cracked machinery of his robotic facade.

CLAP!! This one, he saw. The wings of a monstrous crow, beating, the tornado of fear rushing through him, the perfect hair like tendrils rising from his body. Fear turned his inner parts to liquid, a fine sympathetic shudder beginning to ripple his skin.

CLAP! And he knew the end, brought to him on night's hands, as terror stained his pants and shame filled his mouth with the taste, of freedom.

DCBloom October 18, 2012 at 10:43 am

ooh, I'm gonna read that to the kiddies to scare them on Halloween!

thatsitfortheother1 October 18, 2012 at 9:40 am

Twice the terror of one hand clapping.

starfanglednut October 18, 2012 at 11:55 am

One hand fapping, however, is quite nice.

UnholyMoses October 18, 2012 at 9:48 am

Were they clap clap clapping, clapping at your chamber door?

eggsacklywright October 18, 2012 at 10:02 am

They was ravin'.

Boojum October 18, 2012 at 10:05 am

Only this, and nothing more.

natl_[redacted]_cmdr October 18, 2012 at 10:10 am

Poe?

eggsacklywright October 18, 2012 at 10:19 am

Actually, they're pretty well-off by now.

thatsitfortheother1 October 18, 2012 at 10:46 am

Argghhh.

eggsacklywright October 18, 2012 at 10:49 am

I giggle in your general direction.

ChillBill October 18, 2012 at 9:32 am

"it would have been only fair if Tagg Romney had been allowed to punch Obama in the face."

I really would like to see Tagg try to deck President. Barry would give him the biggest magic undies wedgie ever.

actor212 October 18, 2012 at 9:35 am

Wait now, Tagg is a rather large fellow and seems rather athletic.

But he probably slaps like a little girl…

elviouslyqueer October 18, 2012 at 10:16 am

Power. Bottom.

That is all.

BadKitty904 October 18, 2012 at 9:36 am

Psht. He'd be too afraid of Michelle.

Tio_Doidinho October 18, 2012 at 9:52 am

Only after the Secret Service converted his face into raw hamburger, however, though, too.

thatsitfortheother1 October 18, 2012 at 10:01 am

Happy thoughts.

starfanglednut October 18, 2012 at 11:56 am

One can dream.

eggsacklywright October 18, 2012 at 10:04 am

Wouldn't he look good in an SS uniform? So dashing, so…Aryan.

actor212 October 18, 2012 at 10:08 am

He could go trick or treating with Glenn Beck on Halloween

They'd probably want to hold hands, since they're both afraid of the darkies.

Blinkthink October 21, 2012 at 9:17 am

A Secret Service smack down on creepy Tagg would warm my heart. Incredible that Myth grabbed Perry in the primary–showed who he is.

BadKitty904 October 18, 2012 at 9:33 am

Aren't these the same people that said, after stealing the 2000 presidential election, "We won. Get over it."?

actor212 October 18, 2012 at 9:36 am

Elections have consequences

UnholyMoses October 18, 2012 at 9:47 am

The deficit doesn't matter.

The war will pay for itself.

[Yule Brenner voice] Etc. etc. etc. [/voice]

AlterNewt October 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

I fear for my country.

thatsitfortheother1 October 18, 2012 at 9:40 am

Rightly so.

WinterOuthouse October 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

Why hasn't she been kept in her fucking binder?

RomneysLogCabin October 18, 2012 at 10:40 am

She's too busy with cooking dinner and the kids to bother with work.

Typodong3 October 18, 2012 at 10:54 am

Because Romney only keeps binders of white wimmin.

Goonemeritus October 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

Why oh why didn’t some brave attendees wrestle her to the ground like the heroes of flight 93?

no_gravity October 18, 2012 at 9:35 am

Michelle's clapping was worse than Lincoln being assassinated.

PennyDreadful October 18, 2012 at 10:12 am

It seems entirely plausible that Michelle's clapping actually caused the Lincoln assassination. Retroactively.

thatsitfortheother1 October 18, 2012 at 9:36 am

Clap. A subject wingnuts are well versed in.

Doktor Zoom October 18, 2012 at 9:37 am

There's only one appropriate action: Make it harder for black people to vote.

Oh, OK, and cut taxes for the rich.

BadKitty904 October 18, 2012 at 9:40 am

It's…it's so OB-vious…

natl_[redacted]_cmdr October 18, 2012 at 10:12 am

ooh and start a new war somewhere! that too. also.

eggsacklywright October 18, 2012 at 10:22 am

And buy up the companies that run the voting machines.

Boojum October 18, 2012 at 10:55 am

TWO appropriate actions: Make it harder for black people to vote and cut taxes for the rich and reduce regulation.

EatsBabyDingos October 18, 2012 at 9:38 am

Tucker Carlson's response-"Two hands clapping; now my hand's fapping." Jennifer Rubinoid will now give us a 5000 word turd salad for breakfast.

Lot_49 October 18, 2012 at 9:48 am

You suppose anyone's ever fapped to Jennifer's picture?

Just seeing her on teevee (they confine her to the weekend-morning nerd ghetto for public safety reasons) produces major soft-offs across the nation.

Behold: http://www.commentarymagazine.com/wp-content/uplo

EatsBabyDingos October 18, 2012 at 9:55 am

Gerk. My testicles have now undescended.

Lot_49 October 18, 2012 at 9:58 am

You're welcome!

Biff October 18, 2012 at 10:01 am

Whoa, that's a face made for radio…

actor212 October 18, 2012 at 10:01 am

I see they took a photo of her just after she ate a basket of babbies.

elviouslyqueer October 18, 2012 at 10:17 am

*checks*

Yep, still gay.

Toomush_Infer October 18, 2012 at 11:06 am

And your little dog, too…..

freakishlywrong October 18, 2012 at 9:38 am

America. The shining light of Democracy around the Globe.

thatsitfortheother1 October 18, 2012 at 9:49 am

FUCK YEAH!

Dr_Zoidberg October 18, 2012 at 10:00 am

To quote Kent Brockman, 'I've said it before, and I'll say it again: democracy simply doesn't work.'

eggsacklywright October 18, 2012 at 10:23 am

I still want UN observers to verify the voting.

Radiotherapy October 18, 2012 at 9:38 am

It clearly was an "act of terror."

Mumbletypeg October 18, 2012 at 9:49 am

Taken together with what someone pointed out on the liveblog or the FLOTUS Files thread — that Egg's own clothing choice was an act of terrorism — I don't see why we should have to wait any longer for the First Lady candidates' showdown. There's just too much potential moxie + menace we're letting go to waste otherwise.

LesBontemps October 18, 2012 at 10:05 am

Cage match, pay per view.

eggsacklywright October 18, 2012 at 10:10 am

Nouveau riche, ancien salope.

thatsitfortheother1 October 18, 2012 at 9:49 am

Two days later.

HRH_Maddie October 18, 2012 at 9:39 am

Also, she wore the SAME COLOR as Egg Romney. That's an automatic electoral forfeit.

JackDempsey1 October 18, 2012 at 9:39 am

About 42 minutes into the debate, I had the intense urge to eat an apple.
I suspect that Mrs. O had something to do with that, too.

actor212 October 18, 2012 at 9:41 am

She makes me want to eat something.

I'm not saying what, except that I like to share.

sharethegrief October 18, 2012 at 9:40 am

Why weren't there unpaid coal miners applauding for Romney?

johnnyzhivago October 18, 2012 at 9:42 am

Is Michelle really clapping??? It looks more to me like some sort of secret Kenyan Voodoo symbol, possibly from one of those liberation armies that run around with machetes hacking white farmers to pieces???

thatsitfortheother1 October 18, 2012 at 9:50 am

Michelle "Kony" Obama.

BadKitty904 October 18, 2012 at 9:56 am

I think she was casting a spell to turn Rmoney into a vapid, venal megalomaniac. Oh, wait…

nicnack74 October 18, 2012 at 9:43 am

That's the problem with us uppity negros. We really don't know our place. That will soon change. Once this reelection is over, we will take our rightful place in American domination. In the name of Reparations, we will enslave the White man. We will finally get even.

For a while, we thought for a while they were closing in on the truth Orly Taitz and Sherriff Joe. So far we've been able to sucessfully "debunk" the claims, and managed to paint them as racist or crazy. But the truth is out there. We've been planning this for more than half a century. When we orchestrated the meeting and mating of Kenyan student to that young girl, we knew what was going to happen. It was all part of the plan. We put the appropriate adminstrations in all of his schools, and we had someone write all of his papers (hat tip to Bill Ayers, you are forever helping the cause). Our plan is almost complete, Michelle Obama almost foiled it with that applause during the debate. All our efforts would have been for naught.

Biff October 18, 2012 at 10:05 am

Normally I would welcome my new negro overlords, but I'm not really well suited for field work. Got anything in milady's chambers?

nicnack74 October 18, 2012 at 10:11 am

I know sex traffing is wrong, but a girl can never do without too many sex slaves. Keep it tight and stay pretty.

HouseOfTheBlueLights October 18, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Don't laugh, my winger friends shared with me an article about the race riots being secretly planned for an Obama loss.

carlgt1 October 18, 2012 at 9:44 am

I thought the biggest scandal was the obvious teabagger plant asking about Libya – as if this clown, who prefaced his question with a lame mention of his stupid company for free publicity to his small office supply firm, was an "undecided voter." Although it did lead to Mittens hanging himself out to dry by screeching Obummer didn't say it was an "act of terror" which of course he did….

johnnyzhivago October 18, 2012 at 9:51 am

What was the name of that company again?? I need to order a ton of office supplies and want to make sure I don't order it from him.

thatsitfortheother1 October 18, 2012 at 10:09 am

The invisible hand of the marketplace at work…

fuflans October 18, 2012 at 11:22 am

that guy.

i was just listening to the debate on the radio but knew within three words that he was a bagging tool. something about that shaggy frat boy way of speaking.

johnnyzhivago October 18, 2012 at 9:45 am

That scowl on Ann Romney's face (the one with Tagg or Track or whatever the fuck his name is) is the face that could launch an aircraft carrier — Into deep space.

thatsitfortheother1 October 18, 2012 at 9:45 am

If that photo is from Perez Hilton, it needz moar jizzz.

KobayashiMaru October 18, 2012 at 9:45 am

She should have just jumped up and bellowed "YOU LIE!" Because that's totally cool.

BadKitty904 October 18, 2012 at 9:57 am

Oh, God, if only!

KeepFnThatChicken October 18, 2012 at 9:46 am

Yes, Mitt Romney shat out of his mouth, and it's MO's fault.

UnholyMoses October 18, 2012 at 9:46 am

You know who else hated the clap?

No. Wait. What?

BadKitty904 October 18, 2012 at 9:58 am

Carrie Nation?

LibertyLover October 18, 2012 at 10:04 am

A one-armed paper hanger?

actor212 October 18, 2012 at 10:06 am

Bob Dole didn't have the clap. Bob Dole used condoms. And Bob Dole used viagra when Bob Dole's little soldier ran out of Bob Dole bullets.

Radiotherapy October 18, 2012 at 10:09 am

All my ex's?

thatsitfortheother1 October 18, 2012 at 10:10 am

Idi Amin?

SayItWithWookies October 18, 2012 at 10:16 am

Al Capone?

DCBloom October 18, 2012 at 10:49 am

Henry the 8th?

Mumbletypeg October 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm

The Phantom of the Ummah?

not that Dewey October 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm
sudsmckenzie October 18, 2012 at 9:46 am

It came from a sassy knoll.

kittensdontlie October 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Plot Twist:
I replayed the video, syncing the audio to the video—SHE WAS CLAPPING FOR MITTENS!!

Therefore, Mittens must quit the race immediately.

neiltheblaze October 18, 2012 at 9:46 am

Just wait till we open the FEMA re-education camps. That'll really mess with their day.

freakishlywrong October 18, 2012 at 9:47 am

They also were not to address any questions directly at one another. So, yeah. I'm "outraged" too.

LesBontemps October 18, 2012 at 9:50 am

History's greatest monster.

Again.

JustPixelz October 18, 2012 at 9:53 am

"it would have been only fair if Tagg Romney had been allowed to punch Obama in the face."

I'll grant that Mister T ultimately restrained himself. But consider his impulse to violence. And also consider that his father — the Mitt — complained about his sons' constant lying* at the last debate. I can only conclude T and the boys were raised by some single-mother-crack-whore-welfare-queen. Or a gay couple.
________________________________________
* ROMNEY: “Look, I’ve got five boys I’m used to people saying something that’s not always true but just keep repeating it and ultimately hoping I’ll believe it." The apples don't fall far from the tree.

Chet Kincaid_ October 18, 2012 at 9:53 am

Somehow, I think Obama could slip a punch and Tagg the boy in half a second. He studied Ali intensively while getting his American Black Man degree, along with Denzel-Walking.

actor212 October 18, 2012 at 9:58 am

Denzel?

Not Pryor?

Thought that's how all the brothers walked…

Chet Kincaid_ October 18, 2012 at 10:27 am

Aw man, you just sent me off on a youtube tangent (looking for Pryor's riff on Billy Dee Williams running cool down the hall shooting in Star Wars) leading to this awesome clip, which I have not seen since I saw it on-air in 1977! I was fucking dumbstruck that I was seeing this on network television, back in the day, and props to Richard for beating "Spinal Tap" by a good 7 years:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqteDk15Ud8

DCBloom October 18, 2012 at 10:54 am

Thanks, that was a great blast from the past

thatsitfortheother1 October 18, 2012 at 10:55 am

He got high marks in Runnin Up Stairs as well.

actor212 October 18, 2012 at 9:54 am

Video grab

How in the fuck can they call that "applause"? There's no video of her hands actually coming together, and guess what? No one else around here is applauding either! I can't hear the soundtrack so well, so was there even the sound of one hand clapping?

johnnyzhivago October 18, 2012 at 9:54 am

Face it, if Tagg had jumped up and punched "O" in the face and was then shot by the Secret Service, Mitt would probably stand there as the body was dragged off the stage and insist that that the debate go on figuring he would get some sympathy points from the crowd.

freakishlywrong October 18, 2012 at 10:03 am

He would have demanded more time to respond from Can Crow.

MilwaukeeKent October 18, 2012 at 10:04 am

And recalculate the inheritance rate of his remaining four sons while doing so. Can the guy multi-task or what? Huh? Huh?…

Biff October 18, 2012 at 10:10 am

Oh crap, now I've got the GPS's robotic voice in my head–"recalculating…"

MilwaukeeKent October 18, 2012 at 10:48 am

Turn right. Into lake.

LibertyLover October 18, 2012 at 9:57 am

We shan’t have this debate degenerate into vulgar hooting of the sort you’d hear on The Arsenio Hall Show!

Or yelling for some motherf***ing iced tea, either.

deanbooth October 18, 2012 at 9:57 am

I bet Rev. Wright, radical and well-known clapping expert, is behind this!

JustPixelz October 18, 2012 at 9:58 am

Not for nuthin, but the debate rules Romney agreed to said the candidates couldn't question each other. I'm just going to assume there is also outrage in wing-world about R-bot's flagrant flaunting of that rule.

(He wanted to be like Dirty Harry: "I know what you're thinking. Did you issue five drilling permits or six? To be honest, I lost count. So, do you fell lucky punk?" But it came off as rude or demented.

Oblios_Cap October 18, 2012 at 9:59 am

So this makes up for Willard's use of forbidden notes in the first go-round?

MilwaukeeKent October 18, 2012 at 10:02 am

Yep, sorry folks. I listen to talk radio quite a bit, just to keep my outrage flame from puttering out, and according to most everyone you hear on them, Romney clearly won this debate because, you know, he's white. A-and here's proof that Obama had a plant in the audience, not a potted plant, but a lovely wife.

smashedinhat October 18, 2012 at 10:04 am

Clap on. Clap off.

eggsacklywright October 18, 2012 at 10:27 am

It's a variation on keyboard cat.

LibertyLover October 18, 2012 at 10:07 am

Please don't link to Josh Romney's "Damien" face again. I beg you.

BadKitty904 October 18, 2012 at 10:11 am

At least wait 'til Halloween…

JustPixelz October 18, 2012 at 10:07 am

She's not clapping. She's self-terrorist-fist-bumping. Which is not against the rules. (I checked.)

Mumbletypeg October 18, 2012 at 10:09 am

hate-fapping

Wait'll Michelle does something really brazen, like load up Jill B's pickup for tailgating at the races again. Maybe she should go full rogue and suggest hanging ornaments on the White House tree that read "Happy Holiday" sans baby Jeebus*? Sorry just got to thinking what these pathetic cretins do to get worked into a hate-fapping session

*#DubyaBuiltThat

fawkedifiknow October 18, 2012 at 10:09 am

When the candidates wives came on stage after the debate, they had a shot of Ann Romney's face. She looked like someone had just taken her fancy prancing horse to the glue factory.

Chet Kincaid_ October 18, 2012 at 10:56 am

"Candidate Wives." You realize, of course, that this will inevitably become a reality show on some network?

Gleem McShineys October 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm

"Candidate Wives" is also the title on a binder on Mitt's granddad's shelf.

Blinkthink October 21, 2012 at 9:34 am

Ann thinks she could do better-she has said as much.

not that Dewey October 18, 2012 at 10:10 am

"LET HIM DIE!"

LibertyLover October 18, 2012 at 10:10 am

How do we know that Michelle wasn't listening and clapping to a podcast on her Obamaphone instead of listening to the debate?

Schmegeg October 18, 2012 at 10:10 am

The painful thing is this kind of nonsense might actually influence one adult person in this country.

BadKitty904 October 18, 2012 at 10:11 am

Faux News = faux outrage?

weejee October 18, 2012 at 10:12 am

Tagg Romney had been allowed to punch Obama in the face

May all the Rmoneys enjoy the mostest special gift of the season – the traditional Halloween Flaming Bag of Poo on their doorstep.

JustPixelz October 18, 2012 at 10:12 am

HEY! This is a made up issue by the wing nuts! (But what isn't?) Here's the actual rule:

The rule: Article 9, Section A, Subsection 7: "All members of the debate audience will be instructed by the moderator before the debate goes on the air and by the moderator after the debate goes on the air not to applaud, speak, or otherwise participate in the debate by any means other than by silent observation, except as provided by the agreed upon rules of the October 16 town hall debate."

The rule is only that the audience be so instructed. I heard Candy Crowley do that (check the transcript).

Not_So_Much October 18, 2012 at 10:13 am

The worst part of the Politico story is that Greta Van Susussternenerrn is the sane person in the whole thing.

prommie October 18, 2012 at 10:18 am

I saw that movie about Josh, The Men Who Stare At Goats. Funny, even if it was direct to video. The book was better though.

LibertyLover October 18, 2012 at 10:18 am

Conservatives are predictably super outraged about this, and Politico has collected their rage…

That reminds me of a lesser known hit of the late Jim Croce:

"If I could save hate in a bottle,
The first thing that I'd like to do,
Is to save every rage and create a News Station
That will exploit it again and again."

natl_[redacted]_cmdr October 18, 2012 at 10:19 am

Are we sure she's not throwing gang signs?

SayItWithWookies October 18, 2012 at 10:26 am

Clearly this whole thing was a setup to make Mitt look horrible, thoughtless and stupid, otherwise Michelle wouldn't have known when to clap. Because Mitt played into their hands the entire debate.

DahBoner October 18, 2012 at 10:32 am

Josh Romney

Hey! Shit happens.

RomneysLogCabin October 18, 2012 at 10:34 am

Rules be damned–we all know she was praying to Allah.

RomneysLogCabin October 18, 2012 at 10:44 am

Romney and Egg are protected by the SS as well. Anyone know what the SS protocol would have been if it got a little too Jan Brewer?

Can a robot be tazed?

el_donaldo October 18, 2012 at 11:13 am

Josh Romney is a scanner!!!! AAgghhhhh!!!!!!

It makes about as much sense as calling Michelle a cheater.

rickmaci October 18, 2012 at 11:27 am

Would you care for a little white whine with that plate of racist rant?

ChrisM2011 October 18, 2012 at 11:30 am

Bravo to conservatives for being such sticklers for the rules. I look forward to the many Republican investigations that will dig deeper into this.

Barrelhse October 18, 2012 at 12:18 pm

This is getting good now.

HistoriCat October 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm

We shan’t have this debate degenerate into vulgar hooting of the sort you’d hear on The Arsenio Hall Show!

I see that we're going for a full week of 90s nostalgia …

Gleem McShineys October 18, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Oh man, are there any people in the medical field out there in Wonkville? Someone with some knowledge can probably answer this.

Did they receive second or third-degree butthurt injuries that night?

Blinkthink October 21, 2012 at 9:36 am

3rd degree, didja see Myth's face-bad burn.

AutomaticPilot October 18, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Funniest alt-text I've ever seen, HANDS DOWN!

HouseOfTheBlueLights October 18, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Hey, Tagg. You want some of this? Your dad is a liar. Yes, a liar liar liar. Not only that, he's a fucking liar.

Schmegeg October 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Hey Tagg – go ahead and rush Obama Monday night. That would be the best debate ever, seeing your ass squashed by some expert SS agents.

And, were you named by Sarah Palin??

TribecaMike October 18, 2012 at 5:56 pm

By snarkily asking the president questions, Romney broke the rules of the debate (no questions by the candidate allowed) and should have been thrown out on his sow's ear.

ttommyunger October 18, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Tagg, seeing this egregious breach of Debate Rules, had to be physically restrained by brothers Toad, Twat, Tweedle and Twerp. Tagg later admitted he would have so punched her out if he hadn't been held back.

Blinkthink October 21, 2012 at 9:42 am

Tomorrow: the rematch! Will the First Lady repeat her dastardly behavior? Will heads on the Right explode from outrage?

I predict Romney will have that silver foot in his mouth again.

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