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Mon Oct 8, 2012, 09:39 AM

10. The sad and scary truth

From about the first 15 minutes of the debate to the end, I was seriously shaken. I attempted to sleep that night with an overwhelming sense that there was now a distinct possibility of a Romney/Ryan victory in November, a serious national calamity. The bottom line is that when 60+ million Americans view a political debate, a considerable number of Americans have been conditioned to approach what they're seeing as a sport. In an American televised sport, style, finesse, and energy win points - sober assessments of the real world, in contrast, are virtually ignored.

Having seen so many posts and news items attempting to define how Romney's lies will ultimately cost him more than he gained, I have to state my simple position that these assessments are wrong. The guy is actually close to becoming the president of the United States after making it clear that he has no sympathy for essentially half of American citizens who he defines as moochers. That should have tanked him utterly, except that many Americans have come to tacitly accept such garbage as unfortunate truth. His vulnerability was that he was perceived as stuffy, out of touch, and unlikable. The debate changed that.

If Obama doesn't come out prepared to deliver unpredictable, skillfully executed body blows in the next debate, we might be in a world of hurt.

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