Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Romney vs. Obama - Round Two
In the performance sense it was a draw - at least that's my feeling.
When Romney was strong he was very strong.
Obama? He was cool, collected, "reasonable and persuasive" in a 2008 redux sort of way... the problem for Obama being... it's no longer 2008 - it's 2012.
Folks... that's the bottom line. We've had four years to see Obama's policies in action. And... well... we've seen them. We've lived the results.
The answer to the question "have Obama's policies worked" is obviously "no."
But here's the flip side. The question concerning Romney is "do Romney's policies have a chance of working any better?" To this... I believe most "independents" and "undecided voters" will be more inclined to take a chance that the answer to that question is "yes" rather than to simply count on eight years of an Obama presidency leading to better results than four years of an Obama presidency.
Romney could have done better. Particularly with the Libya question I found myself literally screaming at Romney to dramatically point out that President Obama had not answered Kerry's question!
The gun control question? While Gov. Romney did note that fully automatic weapons - AK-47's among others - are and have been illegal for anyone without a specific (and very, very, very difficult to get) federal license since... oh... sometime in the 1930's... he didn't really stick to the point and thus didn't stick to the logic of his position.
China? Romney won.
Energy? Romney won big!
Back to Libya... both the President and his... (er... "the")... moderator will no doubt regret trying to provide cover for Obama re: Libya. Romney got him! Tomorrow the media will have little choice but to acknowledge this - and point out that the moderator mislead viewers while attempting to "defend" the President's misrepresentation of his immediate post-9/11/12 public declarations.
Remember my reaction to the VP debate? To paraphrase myself, I wrote "Biden won by not losing."
My initial reaction to tonight's debate? Well... as I wrote above... in a performance sense it was basically a draw. But in terms of what the President needed to accomplish vs. what Romney needed to do... I've gotta give the "decision" to Romney.
President Obama had to kicki butt and he didn't.
Governor Romney simply had to do a creditable job. He did.