I did not watch the debates, but I was pretty confident of them. Romney was irritatingly good during the primary debates, weirdly unsinkable despite the efforts of Santorum, Ron Paul et al. He was Iceman: no mistakes. So I knew Romney wasn’t going to screw anything up. And I rather hoped that Romney’s strongest feature – his self-assured sense of basic competence – would compare favorably with Emperor Golden Dancer’s tarnished image. Which appears to be what happened:

For the first time in his life, Barack Obama was cornered. For the first time in his life, he was to be held accountable for his achievements. He was the ultimate affirmative action baby, and he had always been given a free pass. He had always run — for chairman of the Harvard Law Review, for the Illinois state senate, for the United States Senate, and for the Presidency — on promise. Now he was an executive running for re-election, and he was going to be held responsible for what he had done and for what he had failed to do.

So the voters had the opportunity to pick between the confident man, offering detailed solutions to our current woes, and President Lumbergh, who was going to have to, go ahead and, disagree with him?

Written by Andrew

I write and publish things with the speed of a hare and the determination of a tortoise. I am building it; it will come.

3 comments

  1. Romney didn’t offer any details, but Obama needed to stop making that the focal point. While Obama was trying to harp on how Romney hasn’t given us any specifics of what he will do, Romney just ignored him and went on the offensive, ripping Obama to shreds (rightfully or wrongfully is of no significance since facts don’t matter in a debate), to which Obama’s retorts basically came out as something like “Oh yeah? Well you’re a poopy face.”

    Obama should have addressed Romney’s criticisms, and then punched back. If you don’t know anything about the Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Duran saga, look it up. I find that this debate eerily parallels the first fight between those two. We shall see what happens next.

    1. Naturally. This is all far from over. But with the race this close, making up the lost ground adds a new challenge. And it isn’t like the current facts on the ground (economy et al) work to the President’s advantage.

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