reply to post by NorEaster
I hope you don't mind. I just picked your post to respond to, because I had some of the same thoughts.
Romney undoubtedly won this debate. According to conventional debate standards, he was aggressive, engaging, alert, involved and prepared. He did seem
too rehearsed to me and a LOT of what he said directly opposes what he has said before. I'm not sure the far right is going to trust him, but
they'll still vote against Obama. So, he's not going to lose them, no matter what he does. He may lose some support from his more independent
voters, however, for being so disingenuous. It will be interesting to see what the fact-checkers have to say.
It was a very interesting debate. I thought Romney was refreshing, actually. I've never seen him look more "presidential" and professional, but I
don't trust him at all and he lied through his teeth, feigning compassion for the middle-class and poor. This is the guy who told poor people to go
to Emergency Rooms for their health care. I'm not sure it's going to flush with the American people. But we shall see. For me, it doesn't matter
how he "came across" in a highly-rehearsed and controlled situation. What matters is the real person and what he would do for this country. In that
regard, I have zero faith and trust in Romney.
I'm not sure what Obama was doing.
I like to think he has a grander plan, and that's why he didn't take ANY of the opportunities he had to
challenge Romney on his previous issues (like the 47%, for example). But he came across as aloof, above it all, disinterested - well, you all saw him.
My guess is that he wanted to remain cool as a cucumber and let Romney bury himself, which didn't really work in the short term. He's also not
used to people standing up to him or arguing with him.
Like I said before, the debates are a show, and it was a good show. The substance is another issue. Watching someone act a part on a stage is one
thing. Romney's true self has already come out and it's too late to close that particular barn door. We'll see how it pans out.
Originally posted by NorEaster
Romney's going to get butchered with video clip side-by-sides for the next few weeks.
It occurred to me this might be Obama's strategy - It was a smart move for Romney to move toward the center for this debate. However, if the Obama
campaign wants to, they could have some killer ads that would alienate Romney's more independent voters. Because for me, this is a matter of who you
trust. And I think a lot of Americans feel that way. I don't like a lot of Obama's policies, but I have a basic trust of the man that keeps me
supporting him. Seeing the various Mitt Romneys I have over the years - from the center to the far right and back again - I can't possibly trust him
to do or not do the things he's promising.
I look forward to the other debates to see if Obama changes his style. It also occurred to me that he will go for the jugular in the foreign policy
debate, where Romney has no experience, but we can be sure Romney will rehearse for that, too, and be on top of his game for the next big show...