If you’re an Obama fan and you missed last night’s debate, you were one of the lucky ones.
Although the smart money still says Mitt Romney will still lose this year’s presidential election, note that if he does lose, it won’t be because of his performance standing up to president Obama last night.
Romney came to the debate prepared…ready to engage the president, cast doubt and aspersions against the president’s policies and record over the past three and a half years, and to demonstrate to the undecided voters that he has what it takes to take on the US president in public.
Obama, on the other hand, simply showed up, seemingly reluctantly. He had none of the fire we have come to expect from him when he passionately speaks on the campaign trail. He countered Romney’s steel-sworded attacks on his record and policies as if he was sparring back with a rubber sword in his hand.
What’s worse and absolutely unacceptable in a debate of this kind is that when Romney spouted his lies and misleading claims, Obama just let them stand without challenge.
When the debate was finally and mercifully over, the press was quickly unanimous, as were the multiple subsequent polls, that Romney had won the debate hands down. He had been decisive and aggressive debating the president. He had appeared cool, calm, and confident. The president looked and sounded like he needed a nap.
Romney used an additional tactical tool to win this debate: Lies.
To be fair, Obama stretched the truth a few times as well, but Romney completely lied about his tax break plans, his Romney-care experience, his Obama-care replacement plans, and a multitude of other issues. He said that 23 million people in the USA are unemployed, which is false. He said that there was no tax deduction for moving a company overseas, when there is. He said that Obamacare had caused healthcare premiums to rise by $2500 a year, which is not only untrue, but the last year’s rise is the lowest rise in many,many years.
For most of these lies, president Obama just let them slide.
However, The Daily Kos did a partial list of Romney’s debate lies that is worth repeating here.
- The Lie: Romney claimed that “pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan.”
- The Truth: They’re not.
- The Lie: Romney said that President Obama had “cut Medicare by $716 billion to pay for Obamacare.”
- The Truth: Obama didn’t.
- The Lie: Romney denied proposing a $5 trillion tax cut.
- The Truth: He did.
- The Lie: Romney said President Obama had “added almost as much to the federal debt as all the prior presidents combined.”
- The Truth: Not even close.
- The Lie: Romney resurrected “death panels.”
- The Truth: That was called “one of the biggest whoppers of the night.”
- The Lie: Romney stated that half the green energy companies given stimulus funds had failed.
- The Truth: Only if three out of nearly three dozen is half.
The real burning question has to be: Why the F**K did Obama act in the lackluster way that he did, allowing Romney to climb all over him? We can only speculate about the answer is.
Obama and his advisers are smart people. They surely believed that Obama was ready for the debate after being prepped for it, just as Romney was prepped by his people for the same debate.
But Obama has a problem with marketing that we have all seen before. He assumes that the American people are all intelligent folks that research the truth about legislatively passed programs, as well as the veracity of political claims by political candidates. He first demonstrated this undeserved faith in people when he and the democrats passed health care reform in 2010, and then did an absolutely awful job of marketing the benefits of the health care reform law. The republicans then turned it into an anthrax attack against the American people.
Thus, last night was like the aftermath of the 2010 passage of health care reform all over again. The republicans, this time spearheaded by Mitt Romney and his entourage of lying thugs, climbed all over Obama in the debates, and Obama was caught flatfooted. It’s a safe bet that no one was more shocked then Obama himself that he had sucked so bad during the debate with Mitt (The-Lying-Twit) Romney.
Today Obama and his advisers have got to be smarting over his horrible performance last night, while the republicans are celebrating Romney’s first-debate victory over Obama. But there are still two more to go, plus a vice-presidential “for-entertainment-purposes only” debate that although fun to watch, will serve no useful purpose.
And hopefully, Obama will be Rocky…he’ll come back ready to take on Romney regarding his credibility, his lies, his twisted reality, and his idiotic flip-flopping positions on EVERYTHING over the past year.
Because if he doesn’t, the next four years are really gonna suck. HUGE.