Romney's Great Debate
The 2012 Presidential debate 10.3.2012
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Two men showed up to that debate. One was presidential, and the other was the president.
The GOP Candidate Dominated
President Obama, on the other hand, seemed to be longing for his TelePrompTer throughout the debate. Several times he threw out fallacious facts and figures, and was unable to regain his stride when Romney called him on them.
On the issues, Romney did a masterful job demonstrating why the plans and proposals he has put forward during his campaign will be better for America than the plans Obama has put forward for his second term.
On the economy and taxes, the contrast couldn't have been clearer. While Obama kept talking about his desire to make sure everyone gets "their fair share," Romney kept talking about jobs, emphasizing the fact that the president's proposals would make things tougher for the job creators that drive or economy forward, while his own plans would provide job creators with some much needed relief and the confidence they need to expand and grow.
On health care, President Obama showed a dazzling ignorance of the issues and the effects that Obamacare will have on our health care system. Romney, on the other hand, continued to point out the detrimental effects that Obamacare will have on Medicare and private insurance, and did a very good job explaining his plans not only to reform Medicare, but to delve into health care reform in a truly bipartisan manner. Obama came out looking quite the fool when he tried to argue that Obamacare was a Republican proposal, considering the level of partisanship throughout the process of crafting and passing the bill.
On the overall role of government in people's lives, I was very pleased to hear Romney use the term "trickle-down government" several times during the debate. President Obama has been out campaigning against so-called "trickle-down economics," basically displaying his ignorance of how free market economies actually work. But "trickle-down government" is an accurate portrayal of President Obama's philosophy of government.
I think there were some points that didn't show up in the debate that both sides were disappointed with. The talking heads on MSNBC kept harping on the fact that the president didn't bring up Romney's supposedly scandalous 47 percent comment. I was a disappointed by the fact that Romney didn't bring up the fact that Obamacare leaves so much open to the whim of the director of Health and Human Services that even now no one can truly know what kinds of effects the law will have on our health care and insurance industries.
Consensus was pretty much across the board that Mitt Romney dominated the debate - even Chris Matthews and Michael Moore said so...and since the debate ended, the Left has been trying to come up with excuses for Obama's performance. They've thrown in everything from the standard line the Obama campaign used to try to lower expectations before the debate ' that Romney just had more practice, to trying to blame Jim Lehrer, to Al Gore even alleging that the president hadn't had time to adjust (which might have mattered more if he were playing the Broncos, but not so much at a presidential debate).
The bottom line is that Romney came in with a winning personality, he had the right ideology, and he had the facts to back it up. President Obama had to pay the consequences of 4 years of softball questions from a liberal media, and his ideology just couldn't stand up under the facts. He was in desperate need of his TelePrompTer throughout the debate, and only finally began to shine while delivering his closing remarks, which were quite obviously memorized. By then it was too late, anyway.
A lot could still happen before the election. The Romney campaign definitely should not count Obama out for the next couple of debates ' Obama will not get caught with his pants down like this again. But with Romney's command of the facts, he should be able to hold his own in both debates, especially if he continues to display the same confident attitude he did in this debate. As for the Vice Presidential debate, it isn't a question of whether Paul Ryan will run circles around Joe Biden, it's only a question of how many.
The momentum has shifted, and it isn't looking good for Barack Hussein Obama.
Robert Cleveland, Senior Conservative Editor: Robert Cleveland is the IT Director for a document management services company. When he isn't working on computers and scanners, he's spending time with his wife and kids, or writing about just how jacked-up Washington politics is. He is a strong believer that hard work and freedom are what make America the greatest nation on the planet, and it is of the utmost importance that we never lose those values. Robert's other writing can be found at his blog, more...)