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Romney’s Brilliant Maneuver
White House Dossier ^ | October 23, 2012 | Keith Koffler

Posted on 10/23/2012 11:20:36 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Gov. Mitt Romney today pulled a bold move in the final debate with President Obama, opting for relatively limited verbal combat with his opponent while instead showcasing his knowledge of foreign affairs, adopting a presidential demeanor, and offering a sense of optimism for the future.

This strategy was the political equivalent of the Muhammed Ali Rope-a-Dope against George Foreman in the heavyweight boxing championship in 1974. Everyone expected a war, but Ali laid back on the ropes and let his bigger, stronger opponent pound away until Foreman was exhausted, and Ali knocked him out.

And I think Romney may have scored a knockout too.

Some commentators are suggesting Obama won because he scored more points. But I think such people are looking at this from within the paradigm of what they expected, and not what happened.

Everyone – including me – thought Romney would tear into Obama once again and engage in another slugfest, spending as much time as possible discussing the failures surrounding Benghazi. Instead, Romney completely walked away from Benghazi.

What Romney needed tonight was not to beat up on Obama – he had already proven he could do that – but to cast himself as a leader people will be comfortable having as their president.

He threw some jabs, but the knockout punch wasn’t delivered by fist, but by feint.

Romney stood tall while Obama appeared a little surly, eager to re-litigate domestic policy points that the two had already plowed through in two debates. By repeatedly demeaning Romney, Obama demeaned himself. The proverbial Martian visiting earth for the first time would have been convinced that Romney was the king the earthlings, not Obama.

The CNN post-debate snap poll gave Obama an edge, with 48 percent saying he won compared to 40 percent who thought Romney did. The poll as a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 point, a relatively large number.

But the impression that will linger through Election Day is that of the sunny guy to the left of the screen who seemed to have ideas about where to go and was interrupted repeatedly by the guy on the right who made lots of points but, in the end, had no new ideas, couldn’t defend his record the few times it was challenged, and seemed a little unlikable.


TOPICS: Florida; Campaign News; Issues
KEYWORDS: debate; debates; obama; romney

1 posted on 10/23/2012 11:20:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I saw it the thug punk kept interrupting Romney as he did in the other debate.


2 posted on 10/23/2012 11:27:15 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I think Mitt did great.

Obama can't have a civil conversation with his campaign opponent and he is the guy in charge of talking diplomatically to our sworn enemies.

3 posted on 10/23/2012 11:31:15 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: Slyfox

Obama treats Chavez and Achmedinijad with greater respect.


4 posted on 10/23/2012 11:34:07 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: ari-freedom

That’s a very good observation FRiend.

It’s absolutely true as well.


5 posted on 10/23/2012 11:36:09 PM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: ari-freedom
That's because they are not HIS sworn enemies, just ours.
6 posted on 10/23/2012 11:38:30 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I agree with you, Romney has true leadership skills, he thinks like one.


7 posted on 10/23/2012 11:51:59 PM PDT by rodeo-mamma
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

8 posted on 10/23/2012 11:58:20 PM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: Brandonmark

Submarine is referred to as boat, not ship.


9 posted on 10/24/2012 12:04:23 AM PDT by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obama came across as a spoiled, lying brat. Romney revealed the spirit of a President.
10 posted on 10/24/2012 12:06:36 AM PDT by Armaggedon
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To: Brandonmark

That was the funniest thing he said, because anybody who actually knew what they were talking about would have said “boats”. Because submarines are not called “ships”, they are called “boats”.

This is a Naval tradition, even though some modern subs are big enough to be classified as ships. But Obama probably doesn’t know that there are size classifications.

He probably does know that the Navy uses the term “ship” in their budget document, which is probably as close as Obama comes to understanding the military.

On the other hand, when I first heard he said “we have ships that go underwater”, my thought was “yes, that is what happens when you cut too many ships out of the navy, and we can’t defend them, and they get torpedoed and sink”


11 posted on 10/24/2012 12:07:02 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT
Just like his Kominsky Park where the White Sox play.
12 posted on 10/24/2012 12:15:42 AM PDT by jobim (.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What you saw was like having an MLB pitcher pitch a totally perfect game with EVERYRHING on one corner or another, Mitt did not give them a single thing to swing at or make any sort of a maccaca video out of while scoring the points he had to wrt Obunga’s “foreign policy” and appearing by far the more knowledgable and intelligent of the two.


13 posted on 10/24/2012 12:19:00 AM PDT by varmintman (November Sixth || Obunga is Through || Bork Obunga || Before He Borks You || Burma Shave)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
That was the funniest thing he said, because anybody who actually knew what they were talking about would have said “boats”. Because submarines are not called “ships”, they are called “boats”.

Well, this is the same guy who is apparently unaware that all our infantry soldiers and marines are still issued bayonets, because they are still indispensable in combat.
14 posted on 10/24/2012 12:24:09 AM PDT by fr_freak
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To: CharlesWayneCT

don’t know if its a fact or not, but I was told in the military you have to carry a boat to be considered a ship. ???


15 posted on 10/24/2012 12:33:56 AM PDT by goat granny (.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

As badly as we wanted to see the Marxist/Muslim usurper lying sob called out and confronted to his ugly face, Mitt probably did the right thing.


16 posted on 10/24/2012 12:42:38 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Or as Charles Krouthammer noted, it doesn’t matter how advanced a ship is, it still can’t be in two places at once.


17 posted on 10/24/2012 12:53:10 AM 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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To: Marguerite

Submarine is referred to as boat, not ship.

And they had them in 1916 too.


18 posted on 10/24/2012 12:54:15 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: Brandonmark

19 posted on 10/24/2012 1:00:40 AM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It was good to see that Obama knows that airplane carriers have airplanes land on them and that submarines actually go underwater.

Was Obama demonstrating his impressive knowledge here or was his target audience those who are too young to vote?

20 posted on 10/24/2012 1:35:21 AM PDT by Freedom of Speech Wins
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“seemed a little unlikeable” is a drastic understatement as writers aren’t probably supposed to call the Commander in Chief curse words in their articles.


21 posted on 10/24/2012 1:39:29 AM PDT by Freedom of Speech Wins
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To: fr_freak

Yeh, and maybe someone could explain to me why the President thought that our ships were ever powered by horses?


22 posted on 10/24/2012 4:12:52 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

For some strange reason all the “experts” think that all there is to these debates is to sit there and tot up all the supposed “points” one side or the other made and declare a winner. That’s not how the tv audience looks at these things. They’re judging candidates a lot on appearances and sounds. Simply put, Romney looked and sounded presidential while Obama seemed to be the whiny, unlikable challenger. Those hard stares and petulant reactions of Obama didn’t help him one bit. On the other hand, every time Romney was done speaking, he listened to Obama’s lies with a smile on his face waiting for his turn.


23 posted on 10/24/2012 4:34:52 AM PDT by driftless2
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