Skip to comments.Just how bad is the damage?
Posted on 10/04/2012 6:22:32 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Lets get the obvious out of the way:Barack Obama lost last nights presidential debate. The question is how badly it will hurt him.
Heading into last night,the president enjoyed a lead of 3.1 points in the Real Clear Politics polling average. The margin was roughly consistent with where the race has been since Romney secured the Republican nomination in the spring,but it did reflect a slight tightening over the past week. But the immediate verdict from voters who watched the debate was clear,with 67 percent saying Romney fared better in a CNN flash poll,compared to just 25 percent for Obama. In CBSs poll of undecided voters, Romney was the victor by a 46-22 percent spread.
Over the next few days,Romney stands to reap some significant benefits from what happened in Denver:
* The best press coverage of his life. Well,thats probably overstating it, but Romney is in for the most favorable stretch of media treatment hes received as a general election candidate. Since late August, when Republicans staged a dud of a convention,Romney has been portrayed as a candidate in decline, and Obama as a resurgent front-runner. There was good reason for this. Democrats put on perfectly choreographed convention, Romney suffered through the release of the devastating 47 percent video,and polls confirmed that the momentum was squarely on Obamas side. Anything short of a clear victory by Romney on Wednesday would have perpetuated this narrative. But he turned in the performance he needed (with a huge assist from a bafflingly docile Obama) and has given the media a new storyline: Romneys back in it now we have a real race! At least for the next few days,it will be Romney who is treated as the candidate on the rise,and Obama as the one desperately seeking to contain the damage..............
(Excerpt) Read more at salon.com ...
Keep in mind that 8-9% would have been 12-14% if this were a Republican presidency.
Romney is everything that Obama despises - he’s White, Rich, good-looking and nice. Romney makes his success look effortless (which it is not). I’m sure that Obama had that - “He inherited it, he didn’t earn it.” attitude in the back of his mind, going into the debate. Since Obama has been petted and passed along through Affirmative Action, he has never really been questioned or challenged - he has been helped.
Romney just slapped Obama full in the face with reality and Obama didn’t like it one little bit. The problem Obama has now is that he has coasted for so many years, he can’t cram the information into his head fast enough to come close to Romney’s level of knowledge. And Obama knows it, it was showing on his face last night.
Bad grammar aside, I had to double check that this wasn't satire when I read this assertion. It was Salon, though, so it might as well be satire.
The author apparently didn't see much of the dem convention.
Romney has a target rich environment. He can pick and choose those topics to tear Obama apart.
Yes, it is a target-rich environment - so much so that you didn't mention one key event: Obama's RECORDED statement to Russian President Medvedev about having one last election, and having more flexibility after it was over. If Romney doesn't draw and quarter him over the image and the reality that such a statement presents to the world and in our dealings with a hostile, heavily-armed and aggressive world power, then Romney doesn't deserve to be President. However, I think that he'll do it.
I was disappointed that the issue of gun control didn't come up (because Bathhouse Barry was yammering on for so long about nonsense), but the issue also spills over into foreign policy with "Fast and Furious." The Univision report that came out this week is absolutely damning, and if Romney brings it up (all of it, including protecting Holder and the violation of Congressional orders to produce information) he'll win a lot of votes (especially among Hispanics if he plays it right).
My opinion is that Romney will clean Bathhouse Barry's clock on foreign policy, and that when he does so the election is all but over. Anyone early voting in the next week or so is now more likely to vote for Romney, and the "debate" between Plugs and Ryan will only reinforce the impression that the Romney-Ryan team is ready to lead, whilst the Bathhouse Barry-Plugs team is fiddling (or, more accurately, playing golf) as the country burns.
Obama will recover. His first line in the next debate:
Moderator: Mr. President, you have been accused of lying in the last debate. Do you think this will hurt your re-election chances?
Obama: Mr. Moderator, I do not want lying to be an issue in this campaign. I don’t want to use my opponant’s honesty and forthrightness against him.
Really? They had a women's rights advocate (Fluke) telling us how bad R's are for women followed by a serial sexual offender (Clinton).
I need to respond and shut this goof up. Takers?
Unless I am mistaken, they were talking about "depletion allowances"
Romney handled it fairly well, but the fact the American Public do not know what it is, and how it is important from a tax and accounting standpoint is scary unto itself...
If you want to eliminate "depletion allowances" ok, then let's have that debate w/ much lower marginal rates, but that will have to be down the road...
If they have to start running ads in Kalipornia, Obama is toast
I think you hit the nail on the head. The reason the left is so down on Obama’s performance is that they thought he was magic. Now they have to come to terms with the fact that he is not.
You never worshiped obama and considered him your messiah.
I have an ominous feeling that this foreign policy debate between Ears and Mitt...will not occur.
Like the voice vote to keep mention of "God" in their platform? Was that "perfectly choreographed"?
That is probably true of the 40% who will vote for their naked king no matter what.
A blowout election will be a victory of about 5%, and Mitt performed well enough to secure this king of margin. My prediction: 52-47, with a much greater electoral margin.
The people who watched the debate were written off some time ago by the dems. 0 is counting on the moron vote who are uninflenced by the debate.
Big Bird vs. Big Turd.