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Fri Oct 5, 2012, 08:01 AM

Deepak Chopra: Obama Lost the Debate the Right Way

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/10/04/obama-lost-the-debate-the-right-way.html


Obama Lost the Debate the Right Way
by Deepak Chopra Oct 4, 2012 5:00 PM EDT
Romney walked away happy. But at least the president defended his own record with integrity. Deepak Chopra on why Mitt’s Etch-a-Sketch shake won’t last.


Personally, I was glad that President Obama debated the way he did, despite alarmist signals from commentators who had already set up a victory for Romney in advance. They got what they predicted. But the first presidential debate came at the peak of a highly effective fall campaign by the president and his team. They successfully painted a negative portrait of Governor Romney that gave them a lead in all the swing states. That portrait had to be set up against the actual person that Romney is. Debates exist so that voters can see who they are voting for.


President Barack Obama smiles during the debate at the University of Denver on Oct. 3, 2012 (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

At the height of his appeal, sometime during the Republican primary season, Romney rose to the status of “eh.” The party faithful were not very enthusiastic about him; the right wing was positively distrustful. It was very smart of Romney to realize that he had to throw out the window every policy, virtually, that he has campaigned on so far. Obama was thrown off stride by Romney’s Etch-a-Sketch tactics. Undecided voters don’t pay attention until the last minute in the election season. Many won’t realize that Romney, suddenly playing the part of a nice, reasonable governor from Massachusetts, was showing a totally different face. But this kind of flip-flopping can be used against him, too.

There were times during the debate when any progressive was probably shouting, “Liar, liar, pants on fire” into the television. That Obama didn’t do the same has caused dismay among the ranks. But there has been constant pressure on him to stand up for his policies and run on his record. He did that. Acting with complete genuineness, he told the nation that his policies have averted disaster and set the economy on the right footing, while he pointed out that Romney would roll Washington back to the Bush era.

Romney may get a second look, although presidential debates rarely change the course of the race. It’s an open question whether Romney achieved much more than becoming the “eh” candidate once more. Democrats feared him when the conventional wisdom was that Obama was playing a losing hand—with historically high unemployment, sluggish growth, and a rising deficit, he would lose if the election became a referendum on his record. The enthusiasm gap supposedly favored Romney. Partisan voter ID laws would disenfranchise a huge number of poor, young, elderly, and minority voters.

Most of that didn’t happen. As it stands, Obama by no means holds a losing hand. He was on the verge of making this a breakout election, and if the race tightens because the president debated with integrity and allowed Romney to become more human, that strikes me as fair. There’s still plenty of time to call Romney on his whoppers. The PACs and super PACs will keep drilling the 47 percent theme. Romney landed no decisive blows. Instant analysis of Twitter didn’t indicate that voters were being swayed. The main topic of conversation, and the only big trend, was Big Bird. The progress that Obama has made over the last six months should be enough for him to win—and win the right way. The candidate who inspires hope, trust, compassion, and stability, and who outlines specific action steps to achieve his goals deserves to win.

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babylonsister Oct 2012 OP
seabeyond Oct 2012 #1
babylonsister Oct 2012 #2
seabeyond Oct 2012 #4
courseofhistory Oct 2012 #15
PoliticalBiker Oct 2012 #3
tjdee Oct 2012 #5
pbrower2a Oct 2012 #17
marions ghost Oct 2012 #6
RichGirl Oct 2012 #12
marions ghost Oct 2012 #13
nolabels Oct 2012 #7
warrior1 Oct 2012 #8
Indpndnt Oct 2012 #9
savalez Oct 2012 #10
Tarheel_Dem Oct 2012 #11
flamingdem Oct 2012 #14
Cha Oct 2012 #16
renate Oct 2012 #18
cheezmaka Oct 2012 #19

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 08:06 AM

1. and win the right way.

i wish people would get how important this is. for us as a nation, society as a whole.

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 08:11 AM

2. Integrity seems to be a lost art for so many; I'm glad my

President still has it, and always will. That does count for a lot.

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 08:13 AM

4. people need to start recognizing what it even looks like. we can blame everyone in the world

for where we are today, but we are all responsible. the slide started with clinton hearings, and we escalated the lost opportunity of integrity since. bushcos really defeated integrity. and here we sit. it feeds into who we are as a people. it does not stay contained in just one little area of our lives.

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 05:46 PM

15. I'm a little worried they won't

We are a nation of soundbite mentality. Serveral people I saw interviewed after the debate who were supposed independent voters said they didn't know this or that about Romney based on his lies in the debate (my word "lies"). Many won't look into it further and may decide to vote for him. If they do and he wins, they will get what they deserve I suppose because he will really make it difficult on younger generations of minorities, middle class and women.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 08:13 AM

3. I tend to Agree

Obama shows consistancy in message. He connects with people so much better then Mittens.
Mittens showed yet another flip-flop. Despite his spirited steamroller-like posture, who's to believe this version of Mittens?
What evidence is out there that shows this version is any more believeable than any of his past lives?
Mittens will say anything he thinks the people he is talking with at the time want to hear.... truth and consistancy be damned

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 09:12 AM

5. Mostly I'm upset that he let Romney call him a liar.

I can see what he's saying, but at the very least he could have told Romney to stop calling him a liar.

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Response to tjdee (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 07:11 PM

17. Calling Romney a liar...

Calling Romney a liar would have signaled that the President was onto him. Truth is, about anyone in the Obama campaign could have caught that.

So why let him lie? Because every lie, every flip-flop, and every outrageous position is grist for exploitation in ads.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 09:14 AM

6. Deepak Chopra weighing in, interesting

well if he can inject some compassion & integrity into the political discourse, that's worth a try...

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Response to marions ghost (Reply #6)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 03:54 PM

12. He's a voting American citizen....and....

he has a huge following. Probably lots of people who aren't political and who rarely, if ever, vote.

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Response to RichGirl (Reply #12)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 05:30 PM

13. well if he has a huge following that doesn't vote...

then he has a moral responsibility as a trusted cultural voice, to advocate voting --in the situation we find ourselves in today. So I'm glad to see he's doing that.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:38 AM

7. The proof is in the pudding

When you want to accomplish anything of useful value one must first see if it functions over the long haul. Premature would be my call about calling for winners or losers.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:41 AM

8. and that's why the President won this debate.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 11:51 AM

9. Yes, indeed.

"The right way."

The next two debates, though, may get some fun moments.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 12:27 PM

10. K&R

On edit: I really don't think BO lost. Mitt was creepy, rude, he misrepresented himself and told a bunch of lies. How is that winning?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 02:33 PM

11. Possibly the most rational post debate analysis I've read thus far.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 05:42 PM

14. INTEGRITY something not even in the Republican vocabulary!

sqwak

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 06:10 PM

16. This article by Deepak made me

think.. The Obama Campaign has exposed mitt as a liar these last months and mitt proved them right. Bam!

I disagree that "romney became more human".. his rombot just got more streamrolly.


thanks babylonsistah

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 07:45 PM

18. "Romney rose to the status of 'eh.'"

Love love love it!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 08:08 PM

19. I agree 100%! Obama did win the right way!

He didn't allow Romney to "get to him" even with all the LIES. Yet Obama defended every position Romney attacked him on. What Obama really did was SMART. He let his opponet release every "arsenal" he had(which were mostly lie tactics anyway). By the next debate, Obama will have every "counter-offensive" measure against Romney immaginable,(not even including Romney's 47% remark, off-shore tax havens, Bain Capital, shipping job overseas, tax returns, "Let Detroit go bankrupt", and others)

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