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Presidential debate: Will the Obama of 'change' show up this time?
LA Times Opinion ^ | 10-16-2012 | Jon Healey

Posted on 10/16/2012 2:23:38 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot

Alt. title: Are voters looking for CHANGE in 2012?

.... Many commenters have suggested that the president's problem in Denver was that he seemed disengaged, even disinterested. That's easy enough to correct; it's just a matter of displaying the combativeness Obama shows on the campaign trail.

But as tempting as it may be for Obama to believe, is the president's problem merely stylistic? ..... There's at least two problems with that reasoning, though. First, much of the debate was focused on policy details, such as whether Romney's proposed tax cuts would shift tax burdens from the rich to middle- and lower-income Americans, or whether Obamacare would let the government dictate how doctors treat patients. So while there were obvious differences in presentation, there were also big differences in substance. And maybe those differences were just as persuasive, if not more so, than the candidates' energy gap.

And second, Obama faces a challenge on substance that's tougher than Romney's. As the incumbent, the president has to persuade people to stick with his approach to governing. That's hard to do when unemployment is high and economic growth is anemic. Obama could have tried to overcome this handicap by laying out a big, bold plan to create jobs and get corporate America moving again, then blaming Republicans in Congress for blocking it. Instead, he's been offering small-bore proposals for more than a year. ....

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Campaign News
KEYWORDS: change; debate
Conclusion paragraph:

Obama was the change candidate four years ago, but that was about transforming the way Washington operated, something Obama hasn't done with much success. The change many voters want now is in the economy and their prospects for the future. If Obama is to reverse his slide, he needs not just to match Romney on style points at Tuesday's debate. He has to offer a more compelling reason why he's the candidate for voters who want this year's version of change.

Surprising find, even with the obligatory Obama spin.

1 posted on 10/16/2012 2:23:51 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot
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To: Sir Napsalot

Disinterested means impartial.

The word is uninterested.


2 posted on 10/16/2012 2:25:50 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Sir Napsalot
Yowser! The reader comment section was brutal!

B-R-U-T-A-L! with LA Times’ filter in place to screen out the more bombastic, too.

3 posted on 10/16/2012 2:30:07 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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4 posted on 10/16/2012 2:30:46 PM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: Sir Napsalot
He has to offer a more compelling reason why he's the candidate for voters

About the only compelling things Obama's done is fly around the world to apologize for America, and ... play golf.

Obama is toast in Romney's presence.

5 posted on 10/16/2012 2:32:04 PM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: TigerClaws
Disinterested means impartial. The word is uninterested.

In theory, yes. But in practice it's getting hard to maintain the distinction. Usage was murky from the beginning, and more often than not today, "disinterested" is used with the "wrong" meaning.

6 posted on 10/16/2012 2:33:16 PM PDT by x
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To: Sir Napsalot

Headline reminds me of the film O Brother Where Art Thou

“We can’t run on re-form, you ninny! We’re the incumbents!”


7 posted on 10/16/2012 2:36:21 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Sir Napsalot
In 2008 Obama was the change.

In 2012 he is the full diaper.

8 posted on 10/16/2012 2:36:37 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

No matter how nobama acts tonight, you still can not make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.


9 posted on 10/16/2012 3:02:55 PM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: Sir Napsalot
Awful lot of words. It's like this, you can run for election on "change", you can't run for reelection on it.
10 posted on 10/16/2012 3:11:27 PM PDT by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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In the debate,Romney needs to do a preemptive strike against media bias . His opening line should include:”If you Candy Crowly interrupt me or allow Obama to interrupt me , if the questions you picked are gotcha questions against me then you prove the media is biased to the American people” and every time Candy interrupts him , he should call her out for media bias.


11 posted on 10/16/2012 3:15:26 PM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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