Ah yes, “The Great Presidential Debate.” The moment political junkies wait for like sports junkies waiting for The Super Bowl.
Romney was aggressive. But he didn’t land any punches. Obama played defense. But he didn’t score any points. These sports metaphors sum-up “The Great Presidential Debate of 2012.”
In a word, boring.
So why are Republicans claiming victory? And why are Democrats accepting defeat? Because Romney exceeded expectations and Obama didn’t live-up. There’s the easy answer. But not the real answer.
Romney and The Republican Party did much more than give a surprisingly good performance, they faked a field goal and ran for a touchdown. They knew they needed a “Game Changer.”
To score points, they were willing to take chances without precedent. To get where they needed to go, they had no problem backing their way out of the argument. To win, they were only too eager to disregard the rules. In other words, act like Scalia.
Obama and The Democratic Party were caught in the wrong defense. The referee fell asleep with a whistle in his mouth.
I’m sorry to say, all the complaining after the game does nothing to change the score. Game over! Time to ramp-up for the next event.
What’s the real problem facing President Obama? Romney is willing to say anything to get elected. And Obama is not.
Undecided Voters are really Voters with no passion. Tell them what they want to hear, eliminate all the confusing details, and you’ll get their vote. Tell lies, and you’ll get even more votes.
Have you ever seen an Undecided Voter interviewed? They don’t care about guns; they don’t care about abortion; they don’t care about Gay Equality; they don’t care about Scalia, even though he’s clearly lost his mind.
Undecided Voters are retired. They’re unaffected by the economy. They golf. They golf a lot. Their greatest concern is their next meal and how little they can get away with tipping the waitress.
Republicans have always used this fact to close the gap in the final 27-days of an election, when Democrats don’t have time to debunk their bunk.
Republicans are passionate about their issues. Republican Candidates will pander to them during the nomination process. But as soon as the general election begins, the pandering stops. It’s no longer necessary to win. Republicans are all about “The Win.”
Republicans only listen to Fox (if they listen at all). Game On!
Tax Cuts for the Rich; you betcha. Taxes Cuts for All; you betcha. Romneycare a good thing; you betcha. Obamacare a bad thing; you betcha. 12-million jobs without a credible job’s plan, or any job’s plan; you betcha.
Hello, McFly! Hello, McDems! Anybody home?!!
Stop with the “presidential” bullshit. It’s time to get down and dirty. You guys only have 1-chance to win the debate game, and that’s in the debate arena.
Carter couldn’t do it. Gore couldn’t do it. Kerry couldn’t do it. William Jefferson Clinton did it. And Barack Hussein Obama can do it, too.
Not only will it help win this election, but it will take the edge off political junkies. To be Brutal, to be Frank, I need a fix. I need a hit, Mister President. I’m craving something even more intoxicating than “The Win.”