Skip to comments.Looks Like All Those Republican Debates Were a Good Idea After All
Posted on 10/04/2012 5:59:14 AM PDT by expat1000
Remember that long awful stretch of endless Republican debates that everyone was tired of. A long grueling schedule of 27 debates. Who could that possibly help?
Mitt Romney, apparently.
Obama came to the McCain debates with some experience after the primaries, but this time it was Romney who had gone through his own trial by fire during the primaries. Romney had gone through plenty of high profile debates before, but the epic Republican primaries in 2012 had been the debates that never ended. The debates may have worn on our nerves, but after going up against Gingrich and Perry, the showdown with Obama was smooth sailing.
Obama had faced off against fairly weak debaters like Hillary Clinton and McCain and that was a while back. Since then hes had an adoring media corps carry his bags. No one has talked back to him or argued with him and focusing on doing The View and Glamour Magazine did not help prepare him for this.
Obama is still uncomfortable speaking without a strong crowd reaction. He reads lines off a teleprompter more naturally than he recites them from memory. Hes used to being adored, not to being challenged and his instincts have gotten rusty since the last time he did this.
Romney has gotten used to playing to tough crowds and getting audiences who dont like him personally to accept him. His opponent is a lot weaker with an emotional support network. After four years, its clearer than ever that Obama has never really been tested.
Romney has it easy debating an extreme leftist. It’s the conservatives that give him a hard time.
>>Romney has it easy debating an extreme leftist. Its the conservatives that give him a hard time.
Good insight, that. Still, his debating skills have definitely improved since the primaries.
Thank you Newt Gingrich!! You schooled Mitt Romney on how to debate and how to not be intimidated by either your opponents or the moderator.
A take-charge executive appeared on stage last nignt!
When Obama talked about Bill Clinton and his economy, Mitt shoulda said:
During the 90’s, the internet was born. It was a phenomenal time for business. Bill Clinton let American companies computerize the world and was smart enough to step back and let them do it. If you would have been president, we would still be running 8088’s and using 51/4 inch floppies!
That's the way I felt. Obama is basically a Marxist robot who regurgitates the leftist talking points fed to him by his handlers. When someone, like Romney, has answers and challenges to his pat idiocies, he's lost. Romney was debating someone who is virtually ignorant about basic economics. Obama is actually a dimwit about many things..but the area where he's most ignorant is economics.
It was Newt Gingrich’s balanced budget and welfare reform that Clinton and the Rats like to take credit for.
Likewise, when Pelosi took over the House in 2006 the deficits started to soar and the economy went to hell - with help from the RINOs.
I wish Mitt would have mentioned that.
Surely he must have had a few econ courses at Columbia and Hahvard. I wonder what his grades were. /s
It was Newt Gingrichs balanced budget and welfare reform that Clinton and the Rats like to take credit for.
I wish Mitt would have mentioned that.
No because Obama could come back and remind everyone that Reagan had a Democratic House and Senate during his time and he gets all the credit. Plus there was no need to bring it up as Romney did well with what he did say.
You sound like you probably had a few college econ courses. I had one. Most econ profs are hardcore libs/leftists. Some of them probably helped Obama prep for the debate. (snicker)
What he needs to do in the next economic debate is keep up the "Jobs" attack, but come in from the flank. A perfect opening would be the 2009 statement by newly elected Pres Obama saying that only government was big enough to get us out of the economic crisis. The truth is that expanding government spending and debt creation has been like helping a drowning man by handing him an anchor.
Romney also did a great job of handling the Straw Man on the stage. Didn’t anyone explain to Barry that when you have someone talking back to you, that rhetorical device doesn’t work? FLASH POLL (DEBATE WINNER): Romney 71%, Straw Man 22%, Professor Sotero 7%.
Let’s face facts: Obama’s excessive use of a teleprompter decreases his ability to think spontaneously.
That would happen to anyone if they used a teleprompter at every single event.
Add to this the fact that Obama has not sat down with real reporters and answered tough questions (preferring softballs from Letterman) and his ability to free-think is diminished further.
It is not that remarkable, then, to see Obama’s performance last night.
Suddenly spinning the ball on his finger just didn't cut it anymore.
uh, uh, and uh, uh......He was uh an un embarassment un and totally uh out of his league.....
BTW did anyone bother to count the “uh”s and “and duh”s?
Of course it is rasonable to use the teleprompter at some events...like when talking to a bunch of fifth graders.
Even the most mundane things which a regular executive or many of us could do Obama uses a teleprompter. I noticed this early on when he would use a teleprompter to introduce someone he was nominating to a cabinet position.
It's ridiculous. If an executive or manager can't even do enough research to get to know the person they are tapping for a position, even enough to introduce them extemporaneously, that really speaks volumes about how much regard he has for the person chosen.
This appears to be common with Obama. He doesn't appear to even want to exert minimal effort to be gracious.
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