What’s that? There was a debate last night?
Instead of putting multiple articles about last night’s debate in the morning reads, here’s a fresh thread. I’m a fan of Mullings by Rich Galen; I like the bullet point delivery.
Earlier this week, he posted:
- I also counseled the staff to seek out every reporter they could find and declare, following the debate, a shockingly superior performance by their candidate.
- I told them I didn’t care if their candidate threw up on his shoes during the debate. Say it was a victory for anyone in the District who had ever suffered gastric distress.
Here is his perspective of the debate:
- From the very beginning it appeared to me that Romney was better prepared and/or more rested than Obama.
- We were reminded why the President needs a TelePrompTer. Obama seemed to be unfocused in many of his answers – he appeared, in fact, to be overwhelmed by Romney’s command of the facts and the specifics of what he wants to do.
- Put another way to Obama: I know Bill Clinton; Bill Clinton is a friend of mine; You, Mr. President, are no Bill Clinton.
- The longer the debate went on (it is 45 minutes – half way – as I type this) Romney’s command of the subject matter like Social Security and Medicare are staggering Obama.
- Obama had to lean on his grandma not once but twice to try and demonstrate his concerned for the underclass – the boxer equivalent of covering up in the corner.
- It appeared to me that Obama began – literally – shrinking on stature during the Dodd-Frank discussion, while Romney – who knows a little about how markets work – explained why regulations are necessary but the markets have to know that they are reasonable and stable.
- At the 10:00 pm mark (2/3 of the way into the debate) Romney went through the differences between ObamaCare and RomneyCare. Romney hit hard on a “board” that will determine who can receive what level of care.
- After about a minute of stumbling around, when Obama finally got around to explaining how it would work (using Cleveland Clinic as the example) he had lost the point. Again.
- Romney turned that around on Obama by saying the Cleveland Clinic example makes his (Romney’s) case: That’s the private market at work, not the government.
- By 10:10 (70 minutes in) Obama went from unfocused to petulant as it became clear to him he was getting his clock cleaned.
- On the role of government question, Obama provided his best answer since his opening answer when he used the phrase “economic patriotism” but never built on it making me think it was something he practiced saying between the Green Room and the stage.
- Obama hit on education saying “it was not top-down, Governor.” Unfortunately it was 75 minutes too late.
- Romney countered on the education issue by saying that first we need “great teachers.”
- If Romney could win the snuggling-up-to-teachers point, Obama could have just walked off the stage at that point.
- When Lehrer came back to education – to try and give Obama another bite at that polished apple – Obama stumbled over it again. By the time Obama got around to trying to ding Romney about borrowing money from parents to attend college, most of the nation’s eyes had long-since glazed over.
- This one wasn’t even close. Romney won. Obama lost.
- Thank you, Jim Lehrer for stopping by.