October 3, 2012, - 11:52 pm
I found tonight’s Presidential debate extremely boring. There were no one-liners or zingers, and there was nothing particularly memorable. Yes, Romney was markedly stronger overall and Obama was weak, off-key, and consistently on the defensive. But I’m not sure it was the “mega-rout” that Republicans are claiming. The thing is, while Romney will probably get a slight, ephemeral bounce from this, it probably went right over the heads of the undecided voters, at whom the debate is aimed and whose votes both candidates are trying to sew up.
Remember, these are stupid people. After 3.75 years of Obama and 2-plus years of heavy Romney campaigning (after a lot of Romney campaigning before he lost to loser John McCain), they are so clueless that they still aren’t sure for whom they are voting to this point. Do you really think people this unintelligent have any idea what Simpson-Bowles or Dodd-Frank are? Come on. Most of the people already die-hard voters for Obama don’t know what those things are. The undecided definitely don’t know. And the dry, wonkish, boring discussion of them and regulation and taxes was way, way, way over their heads. Although the boring tenor did convince me that Obama was indeed a professor.
And while some tell me this debate was supposed to be strictly about the economy, I thought I heard moderator Jim Lehrer say that it was about domestic issues. And education and defense spending were mentioned. Not mentioned was a key economic and national security issue on which Obama and Romney both agree . . . and on which they are both dead wrong: immigration. Funny, huh? And, yet, both of them want amnesty for all illegal aliens in our midst, which will be an economic (worse than ObamaCare) and national security disaster. I liked Romney’s comments about not cutting defense and about being a businessman. On education, Obama missed an easy response to Romney’s “Massachusetts’ schools are number one” line (that Romney hasn’t been governor for some time and how were the schools when he was gov?). And he just was ill-prepared and uncomfortable.
As for Sesame Street and PBS, Romney won’t ever cut PBS, despite his claims. Big Bird won’t have to worry about packing his bags anytime soon. Paul Ryan not only wouldn’t cut that, but he didn’t even have the cojones to cut the House Gym. Nice line. But talk is cheap.
The ObamaCare issue was kind of comical. Mitt Romney saying his version was good because he had Republican support? Huh? So, socialism and statism is okay, so long as Republicans vote for it? They both sound (and are) alike on this issue, and, again, it went over the undecideds’ heads.
Frankly, the debate would have been better . . . if “The Family Guy’s” Stewie Griffin were moderating it. Sadly, we had Jim Lehrer, who debated the debaters, making it even duller.
Don’t expect any bounce from this to last for Romney beyond next week. And we start all over again with the Ryan-Biden debate soon enough.
Do you think the debate performance tonight by Romney will help him in the polls, despite bias? Yes or no? And why?
Tags: Barack Obama, Family Guy, Jim Lehrer, Mitt Romney, Presidential Debate, Presidential Debate 2012, Stewie Griffin