In this election cycle, the Monday morning quarterbacking that takes place after major political events consists less of determining a winner than it does exploring what new Internet memes were birthed.
Nowhere has that been more evident than after Tuesday's debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney — the second of three verbal contests between the two presidential candidates before the election on Nov. 6. (The final debate will be held next Monday, Oct. 22).
When Romney opted to use the unfortunate wording "binders full of women" to illustrate his efforts to create a diversified Cabinet when he was governor of Massachusetts, the Internet latched onto the phrase faster than Felix Baumgartner plummeted to earth earlier this week. By the time the debate was even over, Romney's description had spawned a Facebook page (which had more than 275,000 "Likes" by mid-morning on Wednesday), a Twitter handle and, perhaps best of all, the website bindersfullofwomen.tumblr.com, which features parody photos of everything from Paula Deen riding on a binder to Romney and Paul Ryan holding Carly Rae Jepsen hostage in a file folder.
Wednesday's debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney was the most tweeted-about event in U.S. political history, according to Twitter's government and politics team. Users sent 10.3 million debate-related tweets in 90 minutes, with commentary spiking at such memorable moments as Romney's mention of Big Bird as he discussed cutting funding to PBS ("I like Big Bird!" he said) and moderator Jim Lehrer's often unsuccessful attempts to cut the speakers off.
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If the stars and negotiations align, Modern Family should continue as planned.
"I expect the season to start on time," ABC chief Paul Lee told reporters at the Television Critics Association fall TV previews on Friday. "We're in the middle of negotiations. We're hopeful and optimistic to resolve it."
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