While last night’s debate will be compared to a heavy weight bout for years to come, the scorecard that the President edged Romney will change in the next few days. Why? Very simply, Obama lied on the facts, kept lying about Romney, and made himself look like something that will come back to bite him: un-Presidential.
The debate was more reminiscent of Rockem, Sockem Robots and Rocky II where Rocky Balboa (Romney here) and Apollo Creed (Obama) came out swinging at one another and never stopped. Romney had the good manners to thank everyone at first, although he did drag that on too long to adequately answer the first question. Creed, I mean Barry, did not even thank or acknowledge the first question presenter, but went right for a body blow. Thus the tone for the night was set. While men in general liked what we saw last night in the debate, Obama may have damaged himself in a minor degree with women that would have preferred him not to have been the first to cut off the other debater or interject heckling, as Barry did throughout the debate. It will take a week or so for that to filter through the polls.
But that’s not why Romney won. Yes, he won and I’ll explain why. It’s not that Barry did not improve his comatose performance from the first debate – he did. However, being more aggressive about lying on the facts, continuing to call Romney a liar when Romney isn’t , and in essence having no clear plan to get the nation out of the quagmire he has created does not win him the debate. He said nothing we had not heard before, he had no defence for the prosecution Romney laid down on his record, and trying to bully Romney backfired. He expected Romney to be more of a gentlemen so Barry could run roughshod over him, but Romney stayed toe to toe with Barry. Instead of looking like a confident incumbent President, he looked like a scared candidate. And it showed with the focus groups shown after the debate who switched to Romney after the debate. That is another reason why I doubt the President will continue to get his edge win in the debate as he is now. CNN and CBS always have a bias on their snapshot polls and as more facts on Barry’s lies hit the press, and they will, the debate will swing every so slightly to Romney.
Scoring the fight – jabs and body shots
Obama – There is no question he scored multiple jabs and body shots to Romney with his aggressive stance for the night. He worked hard at painting Romney as the rich guy, which he is. He worked hard to convince people who Romney would tax the middle class to help the rich, he shamelessly pandered to women that Romney would reverse their gains, and he tried to paint himself as the energy guru. However, he never landed a knockout for a reason – his record does not back up his statements. Romney - well he kept jabbing back at Barry every time Barry threw out a lie and never left a hard hit come to the chin.
Women’s rights - both did well here. Obama talked about the Lily Ledbetter Bill and how BO Care pays for contraception. Romney did well talking about his choices in his cabinet as Governor. However, Romney missed at chance at a haymaker here – the Ledbetter Bill was not the pay act women wanted as it was his gift to trial lawyers to create more suits. Doubt that fact – read the bill. Regarding BO Care, Romney should have KO’d him on the fact the women have the right to choose birth control, but John and Jane Q Citizen should not have to pay for it with their taxes.
Earning the vote – Barry answered this question in the manner his base wants – moving forward and taking no responsibility for the past. Romney gave a concise answer on what his plan is.
Immigration – Romney answered well and in a manner that probably irritated hard-core conservatives and eased moderate Republicans. Obama showed to have a Clinton like form of teflon, talking about his progress in immigration and laying blame for no bill on Immigration on the Republicans in Congress. Romney returned a short uppercut reminding Obama that he had a Democrat super majority when he came into the Presidency and that Romney himself was not the standard-bearer here.
BO Care – I was surprised at how little BO Care was discussed in the debate. I have a feeling that might have been the moderator injecting bias. It did creep in and Obama missed a chance to knock down Romney here. BO Care is modeled after Romneycare. Barry could have scored some points here and missed out. Romney missed his shot on reply on Barry’s statement on women’s issues.
Gun Rights – this question will get some major discussion as Barry’s answers get dissected in the next few days. He is on record now for wanting to re-introduce an assault rifle ban. Romney missed here. He could have shown that when the Brady Bill was in effect there was no effect on gun violence, homicides, or suicides. Doubt that fact? Check out the University of Virginia Law study posted in 2003 http://www.law.virginia.edu/html/news/2003_spr/cook.htm. Romney should have hammered him here. While Romney mentioned Fast & Furious, he was too nice about it. Obama has the blood of federal border patrol agents on his hands and the blood of countless Mexican citizens killed by this program. Doubt that? Then why did he invoke Executive Privilege and stonewall the investigation.
Taxes – Barry did his normal “rope a dope” on Romney claiming he’ll tax the poor and give to the rich. Advice to Barry – learn some economics before you attempt to have a tax conversation involving math. You stink at it. Romney has explained this well enough where it does not wash anymore. But Lord help me, why did Romney not knock Barry’s block off regarding BO Care being a tax????? BO Care is the largest tax increase on the middle class and small businesses in the history of the nation! This would have been the equivalent of hitting Barry with a fistful of hammers.
The Term “Prior Republican Policies”
I have to reach for the duct tape when libs call upon the “failed policies of the Bush Era that crippled the economy”. Hmm – I call BS on that and Romney should have as well when Barry reached for that old, stale line in the debate. Let’s examine some facts. In 1977 under then President Jimmy Carter guidance, Congress passed the Community Reinvestment Act. In short – the federal government mandated private banks and savings & loans find ways to lend to poor people for buying homes. If you want to remember the result, check the record 12 years later in the S&L bailout that came from this policy. Reagan kept it down during tenure, as did Bush 41. Clinton came to office and had Robert Rubin put the program on steroids during his stint at POTUS. Bush 43 made the mistake of continuing the program under his goal to expand home ownership and the house of cards finally collapsed. By the time Bush 43 came in, mortgage wraps and derivative trading were well into play. So, the actual phrase should be The failed democrat policies of Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton that George Bush did not stop. Someone at the RNC really needs to work on this.
Devastating knock downs
Energy/ Gas Prices - Barry got his head handed to him here. Romney was correct in the fact that Obama has reduced permits for drilling on public lands by gross percentages and was correct to press him on the amount approved. Barry tried to take credit for production on private land, such as North Dakota. The facts about the Keystone Pipeline and how Barry has killed jobs was very effective. Anyone around energy ( I would be one of them) knows full well that Barry has strangled domestic oil and gas production in pursuit of green energy. Hey, I am a fan of green energy and promote our company heavily, but not at the expense of an industry that has given us the greatest standard of living known to man. Barry got caught lying here and he knew it.
The Economy – Romney was like a head criminal prosecutor in his review of the US economy under Barry. Rising costs in all consumer sectors, poverty, food stamps, the unemployment rate, the under employed, women’s poverty, the trillions in new debt, etc. Barry tried to go back to blaming Bush, who does bear some responsibility. However, you have to make do with what you have. Romney using Reagan dealing with a 10% plus national unemployment rate and turning things around clearing hit Obama hard.
China – Barry took a shot that blew up in his face. His administration has shipped so many jobs to China that they speak Mandarin at the US ship docks. He has sold trillions of our debt to them, has allowed dumping of products by the Chinese on our markets, and refuses to call them on the carpet for currency manipulation. Romney not only addressed how to deal with China, he handled the investment issue aggressively and showed Barry he was a two-faced hypocrite.
Libya – Sorry my liberal friends, Barry did not win this, even with Candy Crowley’s help. When you are wrong, you’re wrong. When you have the facts and you state something else – you are lying. Other than for political CYA in an election year, there is no reason for Barry’s camp to keep attempting to cover this up. If you screwed up, admit it. Barry came close when he took responsibility away from SOS Clinton. He had the stage to set the record straight by saying that he had screwed up, apologize, and ask for the nations forgiveness. It would have been scathing, but Presidential, and I think would have shut the door on the topic. Instead, he outright lied. There was no classification as a terror attack by the White House until September 25. Mentioning acts of terror in a statement and stating the attack was an act of terrorism are 2 different things and Barry knows this. UN Ambassador Susan Rice went on the Sunday talk show tour 5 days later stating Libya was the result of spontaneous attack incited by some idiot video that had come out 4 months ago. Romney knocked him down here and would have been out if Crowley had not contaminated the process.
Scoring Candy Crowley
I give her a D. First, she had no control over Barry at all as evidenced by the fact he had 10% more time to talk. I have no issue letting him talk, but Candy cut Romney off 5 different times where Barry was allowed to land jabs without response. She also had little control over Romney. Then her interjection into the Libya question just illuminated her bias. While she has since issued a retraction on her interference, the fact it happened most likely means we have seen her for moderator for the last time.
It was a good bout and the final rematch could end up being a KO for one of the candidates for the election.