Response to HipChick (Original post)
Thu Oct 4, 2012, 01:34 PM
landolfi (153 posts)
39. Some will consider this heresy, but hear me out
Let's look at it from the Obama campaign's perspective:
1. Rmoney has proven himself such a buffoon that short of barfing all over the podium, he would be declared winner no matter what O did (just as Palin got all kinds of accolades for winking and not barfing all over the podium).
2. The best attack on Romney is Romney.
3. We still have a month to go. A few more R$ flubs in the interim and people will forget how he did in the first debate.
4. The debates have questionable impact. Statistically, they have rarely changed anything.
5. As others have pointed out, if O goes on offense, he descends to Mittens' level. Also, if O did descend to that level, see #1.
6. Therefore, it's not worth risking anything. The objective is to do no harm. He can't win it. See #1. So why risk alienating people, especially see #2.
So let's see what actually happened.
1: Check. Romney did not barf. I'm very disappointed. Couldn't he have insulted another group?
2: Rmoney told a lot of fibs that are going to follow him around. And he disowned his tax plan, which was vague before but now it doesn't exist. Oh, and he said he was going to replace Obamacare with an identical plan! Good luck with those. I bet a few faces were palmed backstage over those. R$ also looked angry and out of sorts, you know, the shoot first aim later guy. Did he look likable to you? Are you convinced now he wants to be president of the 100%? How could anybody be? Also, notice that O was respectful to Lehrer and tried to follow the format, where Rmoney acted like the rules don't apply to him, as of course they don't.
3,4: If this does have some impact on the polls, there are 2 more debates and the VP debate. I predict Biden will chew Lyin Ryan up and spit him out. No need to play prevent there.
6: Rmoney wasn't really able to address his weaknesses. He wasn't likable and he gave no details. In fact, he abandoned parts of his platform and from today on gets to explain the message he further muddled last night.
Now it may be just me, but I was shocked at the MSNBC reaction last night (except Sharpton called the "rope-a-dope" and the lies that are going to dog R$). I must have been watching a different debate. The President looked generally calm and was himself and I think deliberately refused to look at Romney as a sign of disrespect. He clearly made the point that R$ has no specifics, and even got him to back away from his tax plan. Although Romney may have "won", he's stepped in it again.
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