Romney’s Crushing Defeat of Obama in the First Debate: Analysis and Reaction

Bookmark and Share  The first presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney produced a surprisingly lopsided victory for Romney that made President Obama look like the empty suit that most Americans have come to see him to be.  (See the complete video of the debate below this post)

From beginning to end, Romney was confident, commanding, and concise.  For his part, President Obama was a rambling mess who reiterated shallow DNC talking points that even he did not seem to believe anymore.  And while Mitt Romney came across as eager to address the President, President Obama often seemed uncomfortable and even annoyed.  Pained looks  to cross the his face as he continuously looked down at the podium with a strained smile or uncomfortable and exaggerated smile on his face as Mitt Romney often schooled him on such things as the economy and the constitutional role of government in America.

To make matters worse, even though President Obama addressed the audience 4 minutes longer longer than Romney did, his long winded responses actually did little more than provide listeners with a meandering mess that never seemed to arrive at a valid point. It drove home the fact that in politics, when you’re explaining, you’re losing.  In last night’s debate, President Obama was explaining a lot.

Viewers of the debate couldn’t help but feel that the President was running scared and even the most casual of political observers concluded that President Obama was caught off guard by Romney’s command of the issues and seemingly natural confident persona.  With nearly universal unanimity, viewers of last night debate saw a President that should have studied harder.   Of course the President will probably blame his poor debate performance on Bush, but when all was said and done, the first thought to strike me was that once again, Massachusetts Senator and 2004 Democrat presidential nominee John Kerry failed to accomplish another mission.  As President Obama’s debate prep partner, Kerry who stood in to play Mitt Romney during debate practice with the President, obviously did not do a good enough job because President Obama was far from ready for this first encounter with Romney.

The Reaction.

Probably the most dramatic result of last nights debate was the universal agreement on how each candidate fared.  Republicans and Democrats alike agreed that Mitt Romney was the clear winner and by wide margin.  Romney’s superior performance was even well lauded by the some of the left’s lowest of players.

Bill Maher spent the night in tears as he took to his iPhone to tweet the following gems;

Leading liberal blogmeister Markos Moulitsas‏ from the scurrilous Daily Kos had a few tweets denouncing President Obama’s weak debating skills;

Perhaps the gloomiest of gusses last though were the cast of clowns over at MNSBC.  There the liberal minions were apoplectic and unable to contain their frustrations.  The always lying and perpetually perplexed Chris Matthews was so distraught at the President’s inability to defend his failed liberal policies that it sparked within him a sense of anger that left him frothing at the mouth and offering a diatribe of the President that was at times violent.  The most notable example of that sentiment came when Matthews claimed that the President needs to watch his show and the rest of the programs on MSNBC because they have “the knives coming out. ”  Matthews added  “We go after the people”.

Over at the liberal lala land called Current TV, Al Gore’s leftwing propaganda mill, Gore himself sat in the center of his hand picked puppets and socialist supporters and confirmed that this first matchup with Romney for President Obama was not his finest moment.  But Gore defended the President by turning to a scapegoat that Gore has built his career on… the environment.  According to Gore, the high altitude of Denver where the debate took place was responsible for throwing the president off.

As for the right, Romney exceeded expectations and provided his base with some much needed enthusiasm.  Across the board, conservatives offered what was uncharacteristically high praise for Romney.  Conservative Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol credited Romney with what he called the “Best Debate Performance By a GOP Presidential Candidate in More than Two Decades”.  Over at the American Conservative, Scott Galupo offered the following eloquent assessment;

President Obama was listless, exhausted, halting. When he should have been vigorously twisting the knife, he would pause, search for words, and take 15 seconds to make a point that should have taken five seconds. Romney, by contrast, was gamely and ultraprepared; he never once seemed caught off guard. Romney came into this debate knowing he needed to alter the dynamic of the race. If he didn’t do it tonight, then it couldn’t be done.

What it All Means

While last night’s debate has provided Mitt Romney with at least an undeniable but possibly only temporary boost , with 30 days left in the election, it cannot be said that this first of  three presidential debates changed the game for him or Obama.  Most people who watched the debate walked away supporting the same candidate that they were supporting before they sat do to see the debate.  Romney did however at least help himself among the small but significant undecided voters who will be critical to his winning or losing the election.  Thanks to the way in which Romney handled himself, these voters did walk away without any reason to vote against Romney.  If anything, they left the debate still willing to give Romney a chance to earn their vote.  At the same time, another portion of that voting bloc saw a President who was unable to effectively defend his failed economic policies and who struggled to define what role government should play in our lives.  Combine that with the confident, poised, energetic, and convincing way in which Romney defended his own policies and these voters left the debate leaning closer to finalizing their support for Romney than at any other point in this election.

Still, despite the overwhelming consensus describing the first debate as a big win for Mitt Romney, at the moment the victory simply keeps him in the game.  It has provided the Romney campaign with a new narrative, one which gives his candidacy some much needed momentum.  But politics is dynamic, not static and as such Romney will have to work quite hard to keep the momentum flowing in his direction.  In addition to the need for a strong performance by his running mate Paul Ryan on October 11th in his debate against Vice President Blunder…I mean Biden,   Romney will also have to repeat his strong performance not just one more time but twice more in the the two debates yet to come on October 16th and October  22nd.  That will be a tall order, especially now that President Obama has learned that Mitt Romney is no pushover.

So Romney fans need to avoid the temptation to believe that last night was a game changer. When all is said and done and the benefit of hindsight allows us to analyze the entire election in retrospect, it could prove to be a so-called game changer but only if Romney can continue to outperform the President and not just in the debates.

As the remaining weeks of this campaign unfold, Romney must convince voters that he has a plan to turn our economy around and he must offer some details that demonstrates his vision includes much more than just the smoke and mirrors that President Obama’s 2008 “hope and change” campaign was based on.   After last night’s night debate Romney certainly has the opportunity to do that.

By Sunday, the first real in-depth polls based upon this debate will make their way into the public domain.  If those polls do not show at least some minimal change in Romney’s numbers in the right direction in critical states like Virginia, Nevada, Colorado, Florida, Iowa and New Hampshire  than we will know that Romney has a bigger mountain to climb than some already think. If the numbers do show a swing towards Romney, than the pressure will still be on him as an Obama inspired target on his back gets bigger than ever.

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Al Gore and Friends Blame Obama’s Poor Debate Performance on the Altitude

  Bookmark and Share After spending more than 4 years  blaming everything on George Bush, the left, under the leadership of liberal icon Al Gore has now turned to a new scapegoat…. the altitude.  (See video below this post)

After last night’s tragically disappointing debate performance by the liberal messiah, President Barack Obama, Al Gore claimed took the opportunity to to use his obscure, irrelevant, and barely watched cable network, Current TV, to the high altitude of Denver, the locations of last night’s debate, for President Obama’s losing debate performance.  Gore predicates his charge by making it clear that his opinion will be a controversial one but not so according to the cast of clowns gathered around Gore on the panel, who all agreed that the altitude was certainly part of the President’s problem.

The unintended result of this theory is that if President Obama has a problem with high positions, than he obviously is not capable of holding the highest position in our nation.

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The Left Admits Romney Wins First Debate

It was a game changer. Romney cleaned Obama’s clock. Romney wins the night. It’s not debatable, Obama stumbles. What is so sweet about these opinions, crusaders, is that they are from the New York Times. And HuffPuff. And Politico. Left, Left and Left.

CNN, running a post-debate poll reported a 67% to 25% Romney win.

At the New York Times, Michael Goodwin wrote, “When it came to defending his record, Obama resorted to filibusters that moderator Jim Lehrer was too willing to tolerate. As though his handlers were whispering in his ear, the president trotted out his favorite campaign clichés: millionaires and billionaires, oil companies corporate jets, fair share, fair shot. It was all stale stuff.”

Bill Maher — i can’t believe i’m saying this, but Obama looks like he DOES need a teleprompter

Michael Goodwin again, “As for specifics, I have no more idea what Obama would do in a second term than I did before the debate.”

“They know they lost tonight,” said NBC News’ Chuck Todd.

Joy Behar of The View — “Obama blew it. I hate to say it but Romney was lying and Obama didn’t hit him on it.”

Here is Left-lunatic extraordinaire, Chris Matthews, in all his glory.

The best part is the pathetic Obama performance wasn’t missed by the supreme ruler’s subjects either. Have some fun today, crusaders, and read some post comments at Politico, HuffPuff, the NY Times or any Left-leaning publication of your choice. Here’s a few to get your engine started.

Raw6464 — The man is a typical wimpy Democrat. After the debacle of last night I hope his staff will light a fire under his ass because one more debate loss and he’ll be a one term president…The thought of Romney choosing the next 4 Supreme Court Justices scares the shit out of me. If and when that day happens, the Right Wing will rule the world.

Jill — Was so depressing to watch that I turned it off after the first 45 minutes.

Slangwhang — OBAMA FAILED…..THE ECONOMY! THE COUNTRY! AMERICA

Balthasar — Obama looked tired to me; seemed to be having trouble keeping his eyes open as Mitt delivered his closing argument.

MileHiDem — Obama is still blazing in the polls and one debate won’t change it much, perhaps a little.

The Apostate — More debates coming, but Mitt will most likely take a lead in the polls over this debacle.

Donealready1 — This IS Obama without a teleprompter. He has been protected by everyone and this time, he was on his own. We finally got a glimpse of the true Obama……disaster

JaxSax1 — Wake up call to Obama. Yeah you are a nice guy. NOW FREAKING STOP IT. Stand up and punch back because this election was yours to lose.

Enjoy!

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The First Presidential Debate: What Difference Will It make?

Bookmark and Share Tonights first actual debate between candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination is garnering more attention for who isnt participating than who is participating. It was the hope of the debates two sponsors, the South Carolina Republican Party and Fox News, to hold the type of spectacle that would have attracted a full compliment of the anticipated candidates and therefore, by its very nature, draw an extremely large national audience of anxious voters interested in getting a good, first time look at the individuals that seek to unseat President Obama. Unfortunately, the scheduled timing of the debate seems to have been way ahead of the schedule that most of the G.O.P. presidential field is on.

As a result, many of the most prominent and widely anticipated top tier candidates will not be in attendance.

This has produced a backlash among South Carolina Republicans who vow to hold the absence of those candidates against them when it is time to vote in their critical early primary. The disappointment they feel is understood, but the blatant bitterness of their vindictive sentiments is immature and irrational. It will also be forgotten by the time South Carolina Republicans go to vote in the Republican Primary. These voters who are anxious to see President Obama defeated in 2012, will be more concerned about the issues and how the candidates address them, than they will be with their absence from a debate that took place a year earlier.

That said, tonights debate still offers a chance to have a significant effect on the shape of the Republican field.

Participating in it will be former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, businessman Herman Cain, and Texas Congressman Ron Paul. While each of those five candidates have either relatively low name ID or relatively low support, this forum will provide an opportunity for any number of them to make news and gain a degree of attention that could propel them from perceived long shots, to significantly viable candidates.

Here is a rundown at what it at stake for the five debate participants.

Tim Pawlenty:

Up to now, Tim Pawlenty has been a back up choice for many. He is the candidate who many people currently see as the guy they might be able to support if their first choice stumbles or drops out. Tonights debate affords Pawlenty the opportunity to go from being just one of those guys running, to being one of the candidates to seriously consider. For that to happen, Pawlenty needs for two things to happen. First, he must win this debate. He is considered one of those few top tier candidates, and in a debate that consists of others who are bottom tier candidates, if any one of them dominates over Pawlenty, he will remain just one of those guys running. The second thing he must do is catch on. Pawlenty needs to walk away from this debate having said something that allows him to connect ideologically with the Republican base, quotable, newsworthy, and memorable.

Rick Santorum:

Former Senator Santorum probably has the most at stake tonight. If he does not land a few knock out punches while at the same time emanating a presidential aura, he risks remaining a bottom tier candidate for a long time to come. This debate could be a breakthrough of sorts for Santorum. If he connects, it could persuade many likely voters and financial donors to take his candidacy more seriously than they currently do. More than any of the others in the debate, Santorum must demonstrate that he is in serious contention for the nomination.

Ron Paul:

There isnt much more that Ron Paul can do to boost his support in this debate than he has done in any of the debates he has been in during past presidential elections. If Paul hopes to become someone who is truly in contention for the Republican nomination, he needs to convey his beliefs in a way that are not perceived as unrealistic and unachievable. One thing that also might help him is a convincing way to maintain his beliefs but not seem to be a total isolationist. For many, some of Pauls foreign affairs view are attractive but for many more, there is a belief that the United States has a need and responsibility to play a role in world events that is bigger than Ron Paul supports. And while many find it acceptable to debate how big a role we should play, they do not agree with Ron Pauls seeming desire to totally detach us from the world. If Paul can demonstrate that he is not an isolationist, he will make it possible for his campaign to finally receive election results that are higher than his usual single digit or low teens.

Gary Johnson:

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson probably has the lowest name ID of all the participants. For that reason, the bar need not be very high for him tonight. But he does have two things he can and should do. As self-described Libertarian-Republican, he is in a natural fight for the same pool of voters who are attracted to Ron Paul. But the hardcore Ron Paul fan base is not likely to jump ship. His fans are like the followers of a cult or Jim Jones in Jamestown. So the best he can do with them is prove to be worthy of consideration. But at the same time, for the rest of the voters, Johnson has to convince people that he is more capable of applying his beliefs to the practical application of government than Ron Paul can. As a former governor, unlike Ron Paul, he has successfully translated his beliefs into legislation that he had to actual carry out. If Gary Johnson can get that point across, take advantage of his outsider image, and present innovative ideas that seem realistic, he will come out of this debate ahead the game.

Herman Cain:

There is no doubt that Herman Cains superior oratory skills will allow him to dominate in this debate. From him will come the headlines that are written the day after the event. Cain will undoubtedly articulate his positions on the issues in a way that many will strongly agree with. He will appeal to voters and make a very favorable first impression on the general electorate in this, his first national audience. Those are givens. So what Herman Cain really needs to do is prove that he is a viable candidate who can actually attract enough broad based support to defeat President Obama. This will be difficult to achieve in one debate, but for Herman Cain, while many will be inspired by what he says, his electability will be the biggest hurdle for him to overcome. That hurdle is so high for Cain, that he must exploit every opportunity he has, to demonstrate that he has a realistic shot at winning. I am absolutely certain that everyone will love what Herman Cain has to say, but he must leave them not focusing on any the perception that he has a snowballs chance in hell of getting elected.

The debate will take place in Greenville, South Carolina at 9:00 pm EST and can be seen on Fox News Channel and FoxNews.com.

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