I’m toying with my own thoughts on last night’s first presidential debate. Romney gave the better “performance” of the two, and that’s exactly what it was: a “performance.” A theatrical star-turn chocked full self-contradictions and factoids that fact-checkers are going to have a field day picking apart to the quick. Sadly, the people who most needed to be reached, actually were watching last night. The viewing public are all to frequently ill-informed to start with, and now many of them have an otherworldly view of but ONE of Mitt Romney’s many, many faces. Some voters have likely made up their minds to vote counter to their own best interests because last night’s debate was about as politically engaged as they intend to get prior to November 6th. “Swing” voters (if there are any left) are from this point forward focusing on the matters at hand that most consume their time: watching TV sitcoms, sporting events and trawling the internet for porn.
Obama was handed a variety of openings, not the least of which was Romney’s comment about how, when HE was the governor of Massachusetts, he worked in a bipartisan way with a Democratic state legislature to pass universal health care. Obama should have asked Romney how well he’d have fared trying to pass the very same bill had he gone up against a Republican legislature instead…. But he didn’t seize the opportunity. Obama almost seemed as if he’d been slipped a Xanax. He paused too frequently, stared down making notes too often, and even appeared “put upon” by even being there. Our only hope as a nation, is the fact that both debating “orators” were dull as dishwater when they mired themselves in economic details, boring the viewership half to death. Neither candidate is capable of delivering simplicity in messaging, like what Bill Clinton so easily demonstrated at the Democratic National Convention. Let’s hope most of the “undecideds” fell asleep, why wake them now…? Even the sleeping masses would have to have been comatose not to have missed Romney’s flip-flops, insults to the middle class and out and out blatant lies. Romney is a good looking sociopath, on whom there’s far too much self contradictory file footage for anyone paying even MARGINAL attention to believe a word that drips from his lips. But as earlier stated, the masses may well be fast asleep….
That said, Romney is a handsome devil, with all the charms of a snake-oil salesman saying whatever he thinks he has to in order to close the deal. That’s what corporate grifters do, and he does it very, very well my “little oysters.” Facts, partial facts, fiction and conviction exist only in the abstract to Mitt Romney. Like Elmer Gantry, he pulls out whatever’s available in his grab-bag of convenient distortions to seduce the gullible into converted believers. Obama never wandered far from within the confines of checkable reality and facts when constructing his slowly considered statements, but by that time he’d lost everyone’s attention. Obama was distinctly off his game at last night’s debate, and optics matter.
I found Jim Leher’s moderating style to be unfocused and clearly not in control of the task at hand. Romney with his inherent (and inherited) sense of entitlement interrupted and plowed right over Leher’s attempt at moderating, in a way I found petulant and offensive. But Obama, missed one blatant opportunity after another to crush his opponent with pure facts. Some pundits went so far as to say Obama didn’t even look like he was all that interested in being rehired. Who knows, maybe that will work for him in the long run, as a wise man once said: “never vote for a candidate who looks a bit too eager to get the job.” Romney thinks he can taste “power,” and that’s a frightening thought if you’ve been paying attention. Crickets…. crickets…. crickets….
- Disassociated Press, 10/4/2012