Yeah, there was this thing last night that kind of took up most of the broadcast channels. You probably couldn’t have missed it unless you were playing Xbox or watching Netflix last night, and if you had you might have been better off. I’m not saying the Presidential debate between President Obama and Governor Romney was contentious…okay, I am saying that, that and more. This was not a debate, it was a junk yard brawl caught on YouTube between two amateur MMA fighters. Sure, they’ve seen the moves on television and they think they can duplicate them. They crawl into a makeshift ring and attempt to bring each other down, although when they get to it they are ineffectual at best. Yeah, that was last night’s debate all right.
President Obama, trying to come back from his snoozer of a first debate decided that the best offense is to attack the character of a man instead of the ideas he is trying to propose. Governor Romney decided that two could play that game. If you were looking for the facts of what the President intends to do for a second term, how he is going to accomplish anything, you were in the wrong place. If you wanted to know more about Romney’s tax plan, job growth, etc, you were also in the same stinking place. There just wasn’t any substance to the debate. All right, there was some substance but you were going to have to sift mightily through the partisan politics to get to it.
For all that the debate was a wash, a tie, I don’t know how many ways in which to put it. the only thing it did was fire up the bases temporarily. Undecided voters will have to either rely on the first debate, which is not good for Obama, or wait til the third debate. The CBS snap poll hit it pretty close on the head, 37% Obama victory, 30% Romney victory, 33% tie, with a 4% margin of error. So basically the president won by 3% or so, that is not good. This is despite the fact he again spoke for three minutes more than Romney. He was looking for a decisive victory during the debate and the only decisive victory coming was scored by Romney.
Romney continued his attack from the first debate on the economy. The president is very weak here, you just can’t argue with the numbers, they are hard to cover up. 23 million people looking for work, 46 million people on food stamps, up like 17 million people, unemployment at 7.8 percent, fewer people in the workforce that four years ago and the lowest participation number in thirty years. These are solid and they are hard to ignore. Romney slammed Obama with this fact again and again, and that is starting to resonate with the voters, at least the ones who answer the poll robocalls. They said in a snap CBS poll that Romeny won on the economy 64 to 30. Not good.
President Obama seemingly did better on the Libya debacle but only because Romney was seemingly tripped up by the moderator Candy Crowley. Romney was interrupted and corrected about the attack in Libya being labeled as an act of terror by the president in the Rose Garden the day after the attack. The president turned to the moderator who during the debate confirmed he did indeed call it an act of terror, only after the debate she kind of recanted that statement. For all you out there what Obama actually said on that day was that “no acts of terror would shake the resolve of this great nation” but he wasn’t using it in context to the attack in Libya, just in general about the protests around the globe. Are we really to believe it was called a terrorist attack the day after and then backed off of for two weeks while it was hemmed and hawed about, blamed on a video, then ultimately laid at the feet of terrorism quite reluctantly? Smells fishy to me, and the moderator totally bit that one off.
Then again, the moderator did give the President almost three and a half more minutes of speaking time. This is a moderator who mind you called the Ryan pick a “ticket death wish” on CNN didn’t seem as non-partisan as the previous two moderators. Instead she seemed like she wanted to be out there on the floor debating. She picked all the topics, vetted all the questions to be asked and picked all the follow-up questions. Was there any wonder why the questions were skewed a bit, like when she opened a question with, ““I do attribute much of America’s economic and international problems to the failings and missteps of the Bush Administration…” Wow, well thank you for telling us what you think, but aren’t you there to simply oversee the conversation between two men. You might have intervened a bit more and let them know the voters weren’t interested in character assassination and one line zingers made out of spite or attack on Romney’s wealth.
If we want those things, we can watch campaign ads, we were hoping for some debate that might inform us as to what Obama would do with a second term, or what Romney would do different from Obama to right the economy. Instead a ninety minute campaign ad, that ran on every single channel. Whee.