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Trippi Says GOP Registration Jumped During Debate
RUSH: Joe Trippi, who ran Howard Dean's ill-fated Scream Campaign in 2004... Joe Trippi said that 20 minutes into the Republican debate, online voter registration doubled above normal. Republican voter registration doubled.

Twenty minutes into the debate, Republican online voter registration doubled above normal and was still at that pace. Don't believe they can't track that stuff. That's a guy like Trippi's job is to know statistics like that. But have you heard the latest from the left to explain Romney's victory? He cheated! He had notes in his handkerchief. No, no, I'm not kidding you! Three different Democrat websites (BuzzFeed, Daily Kos, and one other) say he had notes in his handkerchief, his suit coat, his jacket. He had some way to cheat. When he was looking down at his notes, blowing his nose or whatever he was doing, he had notes in there.

That's exactly right.

Left-Wing Kooks Accuse Romney of Cheating
RUSH: Have you heard the latest from the left to explain Romney's victory? He cheated! He had notes in his handkerchief. No, no, I'm not kidding you! Three different Democrat websites (BuzzFeed, Daily Kos, and one other) say he had notes in his handkerchief, his suit coat, his jacket. He had some way to cheat. When he was looking down at his notes, blowing his nose or whatever he was doing, he had notes in there.

Woodward: Obama Was Distracted
RUSH:  By the way, Bob Woodward said on Fox News Radio’s Kilmeade & Friends, Brian Kilmeade's radio show, that he suspects, in explaining Obama's dismal, pathetic, embarrassing debate performance, that he suspects something happened in Obama's presidential or personal life that distracted him during the debate, like it could have been an intelligence report.  Bob, you know, are you trying to get back in good graces with people because of how your book embarrasses Obama?  Intelligence report?  That would presume Obama cares.  We've got a dead ambassador and three other Americans because of an intelligence failure in Benghazi. He doesn't seem like he cares about it. 

But something very upsetting in Obama's presidential or personal life that distracted him during the debate.  Let me say something about that.  Now, this is not the presidency here, don't misunderstand.  But we all have things that happen in our lives that can end up being distractions, and yet we have to show up.  It's called professionalism.  If he can't focus for an hour and a half on something that is as important to the job as debate and reelection, then something is really, really wrong here. 

I use analogies as often as I can to try to further understanding.  When you're young and just starting out -- or it used to be this way.  Now it's not because anybody can get on the radio these days.  But back in the days when you needed talent, you had to go through a process where you climbed the ladder. And I don't say this with resentment, it's just the way it is.  One of the things that every young deejay or radio performer marveled at about the pros is that they never seemed to have a bad day.  They always seemed up.  You never could tell.  The beginner and somebody who's not yet a professional just doesn't have the experience or the knowledge or the ability to overcome the distractions and not let them become a factor.

It really was one of the most often asked questions of seasoned veterans, "How does it sound like everything is rosy and wonderful for you every day?"  Because the beginner takes in all the distractions and just the daily ebb and flow of life. Sometimes you have an argument with a girlfriend or a wife or the phone company's bugging you, whatever it was, there were always distractions.  I'm just telling you, the mark of a true professional in any field is to overcome 'em, get past 'em, and not let anybody know that there are any.  And now for us to be told by one of the most seasoned journalists in history, that the president of the United States might have been distracted by something presidential or personal for an hour and a half that led to that level of distraction and apathy and inattention, is quite telling. 

I don't know what it would be short of, "By the way, we just got a poll out, and the real truth is you're down 30," or a death in the family.  Didn't happen. Maybe the brother that lives in a hut, "He's waiting outside with a film crew."  What could it have been?  I'm serious.  Now we're hearing, "Romney was telling so many lies."  You see the fake world these people live in?  They have created this superhuman individual, Barack Obama, who is immune to all of these normal earthly things that you and I experience.  And now Romney was telling so many lies that he couldn't keep up with 'em and he had a brain freeze. He wasn't allowed to take notes, you can't do that, he just couldn't write 'em all down. You've had it, writer's block, he had brain block. And now we're told that Romney was cheating. He had notes in his handkerchief.  That's out today.  And now Bob Woodward, "It had to be something in his presidential or personal life that was so distracting that he simply, simply wasn't able to focus."  If that's the case, that's telling enough, that's disqualifying enough as far as I'm concerned.

Left Dumps on Lehrer
RUSH: Okay. Just a couple quick things here. First The Politico: "Jim Lehrer Says He was 'Effective' as Presidential Debate Moderator." (crumbles up paper) Okay. Jim Lehrer says he was "effective." DC Examiner: "PBS CEO Doesn't Defend Jim Lehrer's Debate Moderating," and listen to this: "PBS CEO Paula Kerger refused to defend PBS host Jim Lehrer's debate performance, even failing to push back against the idea that Lehrer is too old and too white for the job."

Whoa!

Can you believe Jim Lehrer being called "too white for the job"? That's reserved for people like me. But to call an accredited left-wing establishment elite liberal "too white"? Apparently there's some criticism of Jim Lehrer that he's "too old and too white" and the PBS CEO "refused to defend" him on that. "'It was a very complicated debate structure, and you saw that I think in the debate last night,' Kerger said yesterday on CNN when asked to evaluate Lehrer.

"CNN's Carol Costello then asked whether Lehrer should have had the job in the first place. 'There was criticism when Jim Lehrer was initially named to be a moderator. People said: 'oh, another white guy; he's too old to be doing this; we live in a new world -- we don't need an old-fashioned journalist doing these things any longer,'" and the PBS CEO "let that slide. 'Again, I think that it was a complicated structure for the debate,' she said."

How low are we sinking in this stupid culture? I mean, of all the things to say. Jim Lehrer is not "too old and too white." My gosh! I just... It has nothing to do with it. The fact that he's white has nothing to do with it at all, and neither does his age, I don't think. Unless he was slobbering up there and drooling and doesn't know where he is, but that's not the case. This is the thing: Here's Costello. Who the hell is Carol Costello?

Hey, Carol? You know, I look at you and I say, "Eat! You look like a cadaver." Does that disqualify you from being on CNN? Jim Lehrer, "too old and too white"? (interruption) Well, it's just as ridiculous, isn't it? Snerdley says, "I can't believe you're describing Carol Costello that way." That's the point. To the rescue was Fred Barnes here in the Weekly Standard. "Jim Lehrer, Model Debate Moderator." He's just the right age and just the right shade of white. Nothing wrong.

So there.

Sports Media Targets Titans Coach
RUSH: Now, I keep up with the National Football League, and I'm keeping up with it this year with a different lens. 'Cause you are aware I have made known the concerns I have about this game and where it's headed. Now that the left has gotten their hooks in it, it's too dangerous and there are calls for banning the game in high school and so forth. And, lo and behold, there is a story in the Nashville Tennessean. Jim Wyatt covers the beat for the Tennessee Titans.

The defensive coordinator for the Titans has said some things here that don't sit well, apparently, with some in the National Football League. Maybe they're journalists or not. But here's what he says. His name is Jerry Gray. Jerry Gray is a defensive coordinator for the Titans, the former Houston Oilers. Gray told Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean that he wants his guys to play without worrying about fines.

Quote: "If you are worrying about that, you are not going to go out and try and blow the guy up. Great football players have to put that out of their mind. You have to say, 'This is my territory between the numbers, and if you throw the football you better bring the Gator truck.'" Well! Well! That has sent up red flags. The ever-eager sports media just waiting to spot the next overzealous, inhumane football coach is zeroing in on that comment. Do you know why?

Do you know what the Gator truck is, Snerdley? The Gator truck is the green cart that they use to take the injured off the field. So the defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans just said that he tells his players: Don't worry about fines. "This is my territory between the numbers, and if you throw the football you better bring the Gator truck." He's saying: I want my guys knowing that. I want my opponents thinking if they come into my guy's territory, we're gonna need the Gator truck.

Well, that is being translated in the new NFL as meaning that the defensive coordinator of the Titans is encouraging his players to injure opposing players. So I'm just telling you. I'm just telling you. I don't know it yet, but it won't surprise me if this poor guy in Tennessee becomes the next Gregg Williams target. How long will it be before we hear the apology? "Oh, of course not! I'm not encouraging my players to injure the opponents, no way. That's just the way we in the game talk."

Not anymore.

It could be nothing, too. Could be nothing. With the heightened sensitivity everybody has about this now, just keep a sharp eye.

Reuters Poll on Debate

RUSH:  Reuters has just released the following statistic.  One in five voters -- that would be 20%, for those of you in Rio Linda -- one in five voters said that Obama's performance in the debate in Denver on Wednesday made 'em feel more negative about Obama.  Only one in five.  That's all, according to Reuters. 

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