Debate, Part Deux

Pre debate thoughts:

It occurs to me I’ll be one of about 70 million people watching this debate, that’s a bit better than half of the number of votes cast in 2008. What we do know is that there are not 70 million undecided voters. One must wonder what the combination of undecided and ‘might change’ would equal?

It seems as if I’ve heard just about every possible prognostication about how this debate will go or could go. What is clear is; if campaigns are supposed to pressurize the process allowing us to see candidates in that position, these debates should do the trick; especially this one.

Pre spin exposure thoughts.

I’ve got a ton of notes, minute by minute. If the President needed a big win he did not get it. I have no doubt that the MSM will declare it so, but in ever growing numbers the MSM is losing trust. Romney was good enough to prevent an overwhelming tide for the President. The numbers will even out again, the polls will get closer. Closer for about three or four days. When the President’s debate rhetoric is cast against his ongoing rhetoric even some on the Left will complain. Any pundit left behind is a potential source of criticism. That could be the case on both sides, just saying.

The people already committed to the President felt that old familiar tingle. I can barely wait for the MSNBC commentary. But, it was more of the same from the President, independent or undecided voters did not hear anything new. Time constraints inhibited a full engagement of every opportunity.

The attempts at a serious gotcha failed on both sides. Opportunities to refute were limited on both sides.

The bottom line is that both candidates performed reasonably well. Pick your winner and you’re not necessarily wrong. Pick details that you think are ‘damning’ and you’re not necessarily wrong either.

The last question was a great one, ‘dispel a misperception”. If Candy made that decision it was an excellent one. Romney hit it out of the park! The President, less so. He did not talk about perceptions or himself, he talked about his talking points.

  • Danica Oparnica

    The President clearly won the debate last night – he was on point, did not let Romney get away with misleading or erroneous statements and was very relaxed, vs. Governor Romney who clearly was very tense. It always amazes me that Romney talks about Obamacare as if it were something bad. If it was so bad, why did he sign the legislation in Massachusetts that is, according to the economist who worked on it, the same exact bill as Obamacare? By the way, the Massachusetts plan has an 87% favorability rating amongst Mass citizens.

  • OBAMA_SUCKS

    Correct analysis, I peeped Comrade Matthews on MSNBC for 10 seconds before I was completely disgusted by him. The folks at MSNBC are a riot, and people say Fox is bad, what a joke. No wonder Fox and people like O’Reilly and Hannity continue to dominate ratings year in an year out.

    To the debate, both made points and added more substance, and I thought Romney did a great job when he spoke to the woman about his cuts in investments and so on, these things he would cut are all things middle class Americans like to hear.

    Romney also dominated President O when he spoke about the last four years under this President. The blame game for Obama is up, the facts Romney was saying hit hard and to the undecided voter who was watching. People are now seeing through the MSM and its BS, finally.

    *TO ANY WOMAN OUT THERE WHO IS FOR OBAMA, HE HAD A DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS FOR 3 YEARS AND YET STILL NEVER GOT EQUAL PAY PASSED!!! SO LET HIM SPEAK ALL HE WANTS ABOUT WHAT HE WILL DO FOR WOMEN IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS, CONSIDERING HE HAD 4 OF THEM TO DO IT ALREADY! TIME TO SEE THROUGH THE RHETORIC*

  • JD McAfoose

    I think in substance it was a good debate with both holding their own but, unfortunately, in the world of sound bites and internet meme Romney is going to take a bit of a hit this week.

    I wonder what SNL is cooking up.

  • Bill Hedges

    buma been president for nearly four years. With his high election numbers and his GREAT JOB performance as president he should continue with his HIGH, HIGH, HIGH poll numbers. Understand buma can see his 2nd term from the WH…

  • Mike Cooper

    Danica Obamica must be blind and deaf to think that Osama Obama won the debate. Even with the help of his teammate, Candy Obesity, he was no match for Romney. Obummer’s most obvious failure was when he told Romney to “please proceed,” it was obvious that he had no comeback to Romney’s spot-on discussion of the real facts of Obummer’s failed policies, his socialist agenda, and his total failure in his attempt to turn this country into a banana republic, or an Islamic state. We shall overcome!

  • Mike

    Such informed and mature commentary here. Now I know who sucks, who’s obese, who’s a socialist and wants to destroy the country. What intelligent citizen could fail to be convinced by such cogent and well reasoned argument?

  • Bill Hedges

    Mike

    Straighten out your own “informed and mature commentary” before complaining about Mike Cooper…