The Romney-Obama debate of 10-16 was a bit of a snoozer for me.
I disliked the Town Hall set up and Candy Crowley. She wasn’t extremely partial but like most CNN people, she had a special place in her heart for Obama. That is probably why she gave him an extra three minutes for the night.
First we get a liberal in Jim Lehrer for the first debate but at 78 he was no match for handling Romney and Obama so it went well.
This time we got Candy who, instead of asking the questions and getting the hell out of the way, felt she had to interject her own opinions into the fray. Like, who cares what she thinks?
Candy, Barack, and Mitt. Who is squeezing
Both guys got in some decent licks. For Romney it was pretty easy pickings as he only had to pick a few items from a large laundry list of Obama failings from his 2008 promises.
For Obama, he managed a dig at Romney’s Detroit comment about letting Detroit autos go bankrupt and got after him about outsourcing.
Obama also couldn’t resist getting in the obligatory 47% crack during his summation but Romney beat him to the punch as he mentioned it during his summation a couple minutes before when he said it was sad that 47% of Americans are on food stamps. I thought that was a good move and a miss on Obama’s part. Actually, Obama should have mentioned it in Denver but he didn’t mention much of anything else that night either.
One funny point that kind of diminished Obama: On a couple of occasions, he followed Romney’s moves. At one time, Romney got up from his chair and Obama followed. Another time, they were standing next to each other when Romney took about four steps forward. Like a good puppy, Obama followed again.
Both instances may be more subliminal than anything but it came across as kind of odd to me.
There was a lot of bantering but not much new since the Denver debacle. If I had to give the debate a score, I would say it was about 50-50. Romney was about as good as the first debate in Denver but Obama improved enough that at least he didn’t look half asleep this time around.
I doubt if the prez will gain any ground from this round. Romney matched up good with him at a time when Obama needed a knockout.
Next comes the third and final debate; this time from Boca Raton, Florida. It will be Bob Schieffer of CBS moderating and the format will be the same as Denver. Foreign policy will be dominate so expect some fireworks since the mere mention of Libya got some blood flowing tonight.
No word yet on whether Hillary will be there since she has taken the fall for Libya hence being dispatched to Peru. How would you like to be a mouse in Bill’s house and hear his reaction to that move?