President Obama needed a clear win to stem the slide. He didn’t get it. As in the Biden-Ryan debate, the Republican came across as a gentleman, the Democrat as more articulate and assertive. It is difficult to judge the net effect on the election without knowing how well informed the undecided are. Polls show unwavering support for each candidate at around the 47% level. It is the relatively small group of undecided voters who will determine who the next president will be.
Right out of the box Obama painted his administration as one that gave strong support to the increased use of coal, the pipeline to Canada and made expansion of exploration and drilling for domestic oil and gas a priority. Every one of those assertions is exactly the opposite of the truth. But how many of the undecided viewers know that? Obama also said that what we need is efficient energy. How many undecided voters know that wind and solar are the least efficient and that’s why they need government subsidies to exist? How many know the Solyndra story, not just the headlines but the full story?
Two down, one to go. If the third is anywhere close to a draw, Obama’s record on the economy will cost him the election as well it should.
The Debate – from today’s New York Times
Under fire from fellow Democrats, Mr. Obama came out swinging, accusing Mr. Romney of lying to the American people about his plans for the nation. “I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney,” Mr. Obama told 12,000 supporters during a lakeside rally. “But it couldn’t be Mitt Romney, because the real Mitt Romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. The fellow onstage last night said he didn’t know anything about that.”
Isn’t Obama saying he was thrown off course in the debate because Romney surprised him? It sounds more like a confession that he can’t handle surprises than it does like an excuse. He would have done better to say that he, Obama, was not himself last night.
Ben Stein on insurance
“Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured… but not everyone must prove they are a citizen.”
Now add this, “Many of those who refuse, or are unable, to prove they are citizens will receive free insurance paid for by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens.”
Powerline with another paradox
“Suspected terrorists can be killed without legal process by drone strikes but, if captured in the hope that they will provide valuable intelligence, cannot be slapped in the face.”
Headlines from the right run from “Won by two touchdowns” to “It’s Over!” Comments from the left run from puzzlement to disappointment and to downright anger at their candidate for his poor performance. There is universal agreement that Romney won this one – big time!
But it is not over. Obama had a bad night but remember what he told his followers in an earlier campaign, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we will bring a gun.” Romney skipped the knife and came in to the fight with a gun. Expect Obama to bring a cannon to the next one. One just wonders what he has to use for ammunition.
Because we live in an age of idiocy, I feel compelled to explain for the benefit of readers on the left that all this talk of guns and ammo is metaphorical (look it up). I wouldn’t want to be accused of inciting violence the way Sarah Palin was when she used the word “target” to identify areas where conservatives should focus their efforts.
This election is about more than a choice, it’s a test. There has rarely been a race where the candidates and the choices voters face are better known. There is no complacency in this race. This is not a pass or fail test either. The margin of victory will be the score. If Romney wins big there will be hope for major change. If Romney wins but the margin is small the test will show America has a slimmer chance of returning to what it once was. If Obama wins, it’s all over. America will have made a clear choice and it will be all but impossible to reverse it until the country collapses in fiscal distress. Then a strong man will come in and be accepted by the people in their distress. That’s how Hitler and Pinochet gained power. Hitler destroyed his country, Pinochet returned his to prosperity. They both killed a few people in the process.
Florida was the best debate yet! Every candidate did well. The crowd was very much engaged. It was the first debate that was actually fun to watch. If you missed it, here is the CNN video.
When Gingrich walked in he was greeted loudly with a combination of boos and cheers. Nothing could be more appropriate for a man of his controversy. The audience was listening, thinking and objective. They voiced their approval or disapproval according to the substance of the statements made, not according to who it was that made them
Who won? They all did. The in-fighting damage was done well before this debate. However, this time the responses were high caliber and right on the mark. Every candidate looked strong and got an enthusiastic response from the audience when they liked what he said. Each one also felt the barbs of disapproval when they stepped out of line. Gingrich won the least, but they all won because they made their party look good (let’s make that ‘look better’).
Nonetheless, it is still a ‘stuck with’ list.