The questions put forward in Tuesday’s shootout sure were stinkers, and certain to bring a smile to the Obama camp. It’s nice to share the hometown advantage, and that’ s exactly what the Obama team received. Once said, however, both candidates participated aggressively, giving hope to both teams, but at the end of the night, it’s what is said rather than how it’s said that rules the day.
Mr. Romney coolly delivered fact after fact from his successful career at Bain, as Massachusetts’s governor, and as America’s Olympics savior. When you tell the audience that you delivered the number one schools in America for your state and ran balanced budgets, you are winning the debate. President Obama, not shockingly, had no counter punch except hollow, if energetically delivered rhetoric. When as president you have lost America’s AAA bond rating, run up four trillion-dollar deficits, and lied to the American people for days on end on the national security issue that is Benghazi, your goose is pretty well cooked. And yes, in his excitement to paint the Obama administration as the shameless liars they are on Benghazi, Mr. Romney fumbled the question. He must be kicking himself this morning on this easy swing and miss. Team Obama will attempt to make some hay on this, but the facts, as most American’s now know, are with Romney. The Benghazi attack was an act of terrorism and had zero to do with some lame film, as the Obama team has been trying to spin.
In a nutshell, our ambassador got killed and the president must be held to task. Do not confuse spinning for weaving in last night’s debate. Mr. Romney was doing all the weaving while Obama was simply spinning around, around and around. The president was attempting to turn cow pies into ice cream. The sad facts of the last four deficit-riddled, high unemployment years tell another story. Mr. Romney presented Americans a concise plan based on his years of outstanding achievement. President Obama, hard as he tried, neither wiped away the stink of four years of miserable performance, nor offered one whit of substance about the future. Advantage clearly Romney.
Click on the following links for more analysis on last night’s debate.
A Draw, or Better Than a Draw, Victor Davis Hanson, National Review
The Second Debate, Yuval Levin, National Review
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