OK, it bothered me the way Obama kept looking down and Romney looked as if he was lecturing him. You know someone on Romney’s team said “You’ll be on the left side of the screen so be sure to keep looking at Obama, he always looks down to take notes, so on TV it will look as if you are lecturing him nose-to-nose.”
Obama walked right into that one.
Great stage play. Gotta admit.
And Mitt did a great job of talking loud and sounding as if he knew what he was saying — as he said he says about his boys, keep saying it often enough, someone will believe you. If they don’t, say it louder. By the end he was practically shouting: “I’m not cutting $5 trillion, the poor won’t pay more!”
Interesting argument coming from the guy whose entire campaign is built on a foundation of four Pinocchio and “pants on fire” ratings from the fact checkers.
And while I am sure the fact checkers are having a field day, (they are: click!) and here (click) and here’s one on the jobs overseas tax cut that Obama mentioned and Romney denied, but is true (click) Obama still had the big facts on his side. Mitt can blather all he wants about how he’s not going to do it, but a 20 percent cut in all tax rates WILL cut the government’s revenues by $5 trillion, and there is no way, none at all, to balance that without taking money from the low and middle class.
Rudy Guiliani said it’s all in the details, but there are not enough details in the world to make that work.
So did the Mittster just dump his chief budget deficit plan? Nobody knows. Shake the Etch-a-sketch, see what it says next, I guess.
Mitt’s other plans were equally spare on details, or completely dodged the question. I liked how when, asked about education, he started talking about the money Obama spent on green energy. This from the guy who wants to increase defense spending while cutting social programs.
And he wants to make Medicare a voucher program, and god only knows what he wants to do with Social Security.
I mean: Huh?
Anyone who thinks Obama “lost” this also forgets: Obama plays a long game, there are two more debates. It would not surprise me if Obama was subdued intentionally. He’ll let Mitt bluster, come back stronger with foreign policy and other things.
And, anyway, the public’s memory of the initial impression on these things is shorter than my dog, and my dog is a Welsh corgi.
Next up: Biden and Ryan.