Round One: Knock Out

The first presidential debate and oh what a debate it was!  Mitt wasn’t playing and Obama seriously got his ass handed to him.  Gov. Mitt Romney did me proud!

Mitt was confident, prepared, factual, had eye and body contact.  He had Moxi.  He was a leader.  Something this country has been lacking in the last four years.  Obama had no confidence.  He didn’t even challenge Mitt on anything.  Just looked down, away, smirked, stood silent and at one point got off track in different directions on something he didn’t know how to answer.  Hell he even told the moderator at some point to change the subject.

That’s what happens when the only reporters or shows you go on are in the tank for you.  You get only fluffy, soft ball questions and not tough questions.  You need to be challenged more often to get the practice and know how to answer shit.  You also don’t get teleprompters or speech writers in a debate.  You don’t get your “down with the man” crowds or any kind of media filter in a debate.  We see the real you under pressure.

There were so many good parts of that debate it’s hard to remember them all.  I loved it when Obama tried to say that the natural resources were doing good under his watch and then Mitt came back with

“The third area, energy. Energy is critical, and the president pointed out correctly that production of oil and gas in the U.S. is up. But not due to his policies. In spite of his policies.

Mr. President, all of the increase in natural gas and oil has happened on private land, not on government land. On government land, your administration has cut the number of permits and licenses in half. If I’m president, I’ll double them, and also get the — the oil from offshore and Alaska. And I’ll bring that pipeline in from Canada.

And, by the way, I like coal. I’m going to make sure we can continue to burn clean coal. People in the coal industry feel like it’s getting crushed by your policies. I want to get America and North America energy independent so we can create those jobs.”

Or this little nugget..

“But you make a very good point, which is that the place you put your money just makes a pretty clear indication of where your heart is. You put $90 billion into — into green jobs. And I — look, I’m all in favor of green energy. $90 billion, that would have — that would have hired 2 million teachers. $90 billion.

And these businesses, many of them have gone out of business, I think about half of them, of the ones have been invested in have gone out of business. A number of them happened to be owned by people who were contributors to your campaigns.”

There were other zingers and if you watched you heard them all.  Even the closing arguments were so different.  Obama basically said nothing new.  More of the same from him.  Romney’s was very strong in laying out what he would do including military support which is a biggie for me.

You know it was bad when MSNBC had a meltdown of what happened.  Poor Chris.  Frankly I’m surprised that I haven’t heard the excuse it was Bush’s fault that Obama did so poorly.  Or that it’s racist to say that Mitt won this round.  But then, it’s more like the altitude that contributed right Al?


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