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Romney 1, Obama 0

Posted: October 5, 2012 - 4:46pm  |  Updated: October 8, 2012 - 10:28am

President Romney. Think about it, Democrats For those of you who have been lulled into a “no way” view of Mitt’s chances, the first presidential debate was a badly needed rude awakening. From your point of view, it had better be, because Romney walked all over President Barack Obama.

Actually, it was more a case of the president volunteering to be a floor mat, with his tentative — no, make that timid — approach to the challenger’s comparatively aggressive presentation. Time and again, Mr. Obama let Mr. Romney get away with explanations, justification and rationales for his campaign positions that were simply preposterous. When he did respond, the normally eloquent leader of the free world seemed to get lost in his old college-professor mindset, nearly mumbling his comments.

At times, he seemed almost as inept as the moderator, Jim Lehrer, who made one wonder if we could have been better off without him taking part. Obama appeared as if he didn’t want to be there either.

In the process, he managed to bring his momentum in this election to a crashing halt. While the impact of these debates is, uh, debatable, the fact is that the president could have used this first one to force Romney onto the ropes; instead, he let him not only slip away, but land a flurry of punches.

Much will be made about the fact-checking that has now become a part of the journalistic routine at events like this. An honorable pursuit, without a doubt, but it has limited impact, if any. First of all, both these guys played fast and loose with the truth. Their assertions about their policies and their opponent’s often were outright dishonest.

Beyond that, the sad reality is that voters don’t want to deal with honest complexity. We are lazy, preferring not to have to tax our brains about taxes or make the effort to exercise judgment over health-care reform. Mitt Romney and his handlers understand that, so he can routinely misrepresent his positions and get away with it. President Obama, to the extent that he did participate in the conversation, was taken over by his Professor Obama persona and the compulsion to bore.

Either that, or, as David Gergen, on CNN, observed: “I don’t think anybody’s ever spoken to him like that over the last four years. I think he found that not only surprising but offensive in some ways.” Certainly, President Obama was on the offensive this time. What’s interesting about Gergen’s reaction is that he has worked for a slew of presidents, both Republican and Democrat. So David knows a thing or two about keeping one’s opinions to himself in the Oval Office.

The short time remaining is packed with events that will determine whose office it will be next year. Of course we have economic news, like the slightly encouraging jobs report. And we have three more debates, beginning with the confrontation between the vice-presidential contenders. For sheer suspenseful entertainment value, that one has great potential, since we will all wonder whether Joe Biden can manage to make it through the entire evening without saying something so foolish he ends up embarrassing the ticket. Again.

More importantly, we have two more Barack Obama encounters with Mitt Romney, in which the president can actually show up. He mailed it in the first time around. Even when he wasn’t speaking, he was speaking volumes. The split screen showed him listening to Romney and not quite knowing what to do with what he was hearing. At least he wasn’t caught looking at his watch. One can only assume that his debate team had warned him how that had done in President George H.W. Bush. Need we mention that Bush the first was a one-termer?

If Barack Obama and his team don’t regard this bumbling performance as a slap in the face, he may be one, too.


Bob Franken is a longtime broadcast journalist, including 20 years at CNN.

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lkpomn912 10/16/12 - 01:57 pm
less socialist then big socialist

Republicans, less socialist then big socialist Democrats
Romney 1 Obama 0

leewaytooo 10/17/12 - 01:53 am
last nite, the misting myth

last nite, the misting myth retorts.. "govt does not create jobs"

on the campaign the misting myth says "my administration
would create 12 million new jobs".

so which is it misty?

etch a sketch misty myth.

[filtered word] the party of lies, liars and hypocrites.

leewaytooo 10/17/12 - 03:46 am
Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 10/17/12 - 06:31 am
Romney/Ryan 3 Obama/Biden RUDE

As Obama said when you don't have a record that will help you, try to make your opposition look bad.
I'm not a Romney fan, but Obama and Biden have been absolutely RUDE.
They, Obama and Biden both look like the JOKER.
The trouble is that the original JOKER is Satan that also is a lier and knows not the Truth and continually trying to DUPE PEOPLE with his lies against God, who is Truth.
Don't be DUPED BY THE SUPER DUPERS Obama/Biden, which are just slightly worse than Romney/Ryan.
None of them has the Answer or Hope for going Foreward.

freedomlibertytruth 10/17/12 - 12:39 pm
“Give me the liberty to know,

“Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.” John Milton

Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 10/18/12 - 10:03 pm
Romney has finaly learned how to reply.

Romney has finaly learned how to reply to things Obama or Biden say while out flapping their gumbs saying nothing while trying to say something.
Romney has decided to just use Obama and Bidens words in his future ads on TV, after they speak Romney will have an auto reply to follow them up with 'I'm Mitt Romney, and i approve this message.'
Take for instance old smart one Joey Biden today at a speach while fellow DEMO-crates stood behind him with Harry Reid as one of them and he asked if anyone had family members serving in Iraq or Iran.
Joey also asked if anyone had family members killed fighting in Iraq and Iran and on both counts the smart DEMO-crates standing behind him raised their hands, including Harry Reid. OOPS! Joey did it again and drug other DEMO-crates along that stupid road.
We ain't in IRAN fighting, but he thinks we are and so do some other real smart DEMO-crate pretend leaders.
Romney approves this message.

You can't make this stuff up folks, it's REALITY AND HISTORIC FACTS from Dumb & Dumber speaking to and Duping the Dumberers, and to think i use to be one of those Dumberers being Duped too.
I can't wait to see what they say next as they continue to try and dupe people into allowing them to continue to drag us over that cliff.

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