Since President Obama is too much of a gentleman, and was probably advised to avoid any back and forth bickering during the debate in order to attract the few remaining undecided voters who by all reports want solutions instead of name calling (oh, the naiveté!), he couldn't jump all over Mitt Romney’s remark bemoaning his dishonest sons.
My spontaneous reaction to this obviously rehearsed “zinger”, at least in my imagined sudden transport to the podium directly opposite Mitt, was as follows:
“Governor Romney, after patiently listening to your laundry list of brand new moderate policy positions this evening, where you’ve suddenly abandoned virtually every single already tested and failed George W. Bush tax cutting and regulation gutting policy, vehemently argued for by you and your surrogates the last eighteen months, I think I’ve found the reason you’ve been having so much trouble keeping your sons from lying to you repeatedly in the hope you’d finally believe them. You’ve set a bad example.”
BOOM! With a short right jab, ala Jon Stewart.
Then I remove my steely glare from the middle of Mitt’s forehead and turn to the American people, smiling broadly. Of course what follows is no longer my spontaneous reaction to Mitt’s string of mendacity, but what I imagine a real smart guy from Harvard might say as his face goes from smiling broadly to a serious, yet friendly father visage, pausing for effect.
At least the response I’d expect from a real smart guy from Harvard without weak kneed eleventh dimensional chess players as campaign advisors who’ve run out of ways to roll over for the radical right and plutocrats bent on remaking our democracy into a Randian utopia.