Bayonets Are The New Binders

Whether or not the final presidential debate managed to sway any undecided voters, it certainly upheld the tradition of spawning a meme to capture the imagination of the American Twittersphere.

When Obama responded to Romney’s simplistic complaint about the U.S. having fewer ships than in 1916 by pointing out that “we also have fewer horses and bayonets,” it was the zinger that launched a thousand quips.

Actually, it launched 105,767 tweets-per-minute — the biggest Twitter spike of the debate — and #horsesandbayonets was still the top-trending term the next morning.

The Obama campaign was quick to capitalize of the meme, promoting tweets in search results for “horses and bayonets” before the debate was even over.

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