Thursday, October 04, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2216, October 4th, 2012

President Obama, the nonentity that attempted to moderate the debate and Mitt Romney, the GOP challenger. 


The late New York Mets announcer used to call his post game show after a Mets victory “the happy recap”. I doubt the people in the Obama campaign are saying that tonight. The performance of the President in tonight’s debate revealed what many disaffected Democrats of his own party have been saying about him since he launched his campaign in 2007. And that was that Barack Obama was an empty suit. I’m not willing to go that far but tonight the President seemed oddly differential to his challenger. From the get go I thought Obama seemed too polite and too docile. Of course the President’s challenger Mitt Romney was immensely helped by the ineptitude and uselessness of the moderator Jim Lehrer from PBS. (A side bar in tonight’s debate is going to be a black mark on an otherwise stellar broadcast career of Lehrer). Lehrer had totally lost control of the debate. Romney took full advantage and steamrolled the moderator and the President. There were a few buzz phrases that will be used in the remaining 35 days of this campaign. Obama’s use of “economic patriotism” explaining how more Americans should participate in the success of the economy will be trumpeted. Meanwhile Romney’s use of “trickle down government” will be his linchpin to describe the difference between his economic vision and the President’s. The differences between the two have become clearer but not because of the facts they presented. Rather it is the performances that overshadowed the facts. Romney seemed to be the more aggressive of the two and more confident. In fact Romney scored points by doing the following: 
1. He needed what he needed to do in terms of gaining parity with an incumbent President. He seemed like a viable, articulate alternative to the sitting President. 
2. Romney seemed to be comfortable in his role of challenging the President. While respectful he did take him on with points of policy. 
3. Romney provided a narrative of where he wanted to take the country in a very relaxed but controlled presentation. There was no awkward silly comments. And when he was challenged, even if some of his facts were wrong, he forged on. 
4. Romney was not afraid to disagree with the President and landed a big blow when he touted his 35 year business career in saying that he never founds a tax break for outsourcing jobs to a foreign country. 
By doing these four things, Romney made himself not only an alternative but almost an equal. In fact, Obama spent more time explaining Romney’s plan than defending and touting his own record. That’s not only giving the challenger credibility, it’s giving him and his ideas legitimacy. The debate was totally out of control by the time the President realized it. I can imagine how he let Romney get away with the following: 
1. Letting Romney attack the President on Medicare saying the President cut 718 billion dollars when in fact that money went into the Affordable Care Act to close the drug donut hole. We have called this a bald face lie. Why couldn’t the President? 
2. The President did not call Romney out on what specific deductions he would use when putting together his tax plan. 
3. The President could have asked Romney specifically how his numbers would add up vs. the way the President’s would. He did not challenge Romney at all and tried to explain what Romney meant. And when he did call Romney out, it was in general terms. I would have felt better if Obama had just asked once, “How are you going to do that?” 
4. The President was lame in defending his own record in terms of saving the economy. Nowhere in there was a reference to the stimulus program that saved jobs. Obama should have countered Romney’s assertion that he worked in a bi partisan manner as Governor by pointing out that he had no GOP cooperation from anyone. 
Tonight we had an aggressive prepared challenger meeting a reactive President. Romney attacked, Obama reacted. The President, the great orator fumbled while making the lackluster Romney seem like an old time professional pol. 
Post debate polls showed the following: CNN said that 67% of the people watching felt Romney won the debate. 25% thought Obama did. In a country that has been divided 50-50 by this election, that is a stunning indictment against the President’s performance. In a CBS poll 56% thought better of Romney after seeing him debate while 13% thought better of Obama. 
They say that in life 90% of success is just showing up. That’s pretty much true unless of course you are flying airplanes, operating atomic weaponry, performing surgery or running for President. Last night, just showing up for President Obama didn’t cut it.


At 12:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing, MSNBC did a word/time count..... Obama did 4 minutes more than Romney. WOW!

At 12:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 1:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I said over on Gort, Obama had an off night, but he wasn't terrible. I think he's going to roar back in the next debate. He's also sitting on a lot of political ammo to use against Romney that he didn't in the first debate. 47%, Bain, Romney's Flip Flops, his Massachusetts record (on taxes especially). If Obama can take the next two debates and handle him like he handled McCain in 2008, he will shut Romney down pretty quick.

I wonder what effect this will have on the polls, given that such a small number of voters are undecided and Obama's commanding lead in the electoral college projections. My question is this: We're all in agreement that Romney won the debate, but did he say anything that made anyone want to vote for him that wasn't going to already?

My guess is probably not.

At 5:57 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Good morning Students,

And what a joyful morning it is!!!

I had told you in my previous lecture that Pres. Elect Romney would make mincemeat out of Pres. Obama in the debate matchup. I was scorned as usual by most of you. OF course, as is the norm, my prediction rang more than true. I was even surprised at the President’s lack of intelligence in the matchup. Romney had it all over him and it was such a disaster for the Obama team that even I began to feel empathy for the President by debate’s end.

You may ask, “Professor, how did you know what the pundits did NOT know? How did you know that the seemingly overwhelmed Former Gov. of Massachusetts would best the so called master of debate, the President?”

The answer is quite simple. I DID MY RESEARCH!!!!

I implore you all to make certain that if anything good can come out of your candidate’s loss, it will be that you take from this the lesson of hitting the books, stopping the boozing and the drug usage. In the end it will be worth it.

Students, I am so happy this morning that if I did not have a prior engagement (at the Westmoreland Club) I would have taken each and every one of you over to that waterhole you call a barroom and buy all of you a few free drinks. I believe the last time I was there was the day following the Carter Reagan matchup in 1980. But I must say, comparing Carter’s performance to Obama’s last night, Carter looked like Bill Clinton!!!
I do promise that I will take you all for a drink on my final morning post election day before I retire. I feel so benevolent today!!! Even you slacker/ingrates don’t look so bad.

Congratulations, MR. President Elect on a job well done!!!!

Something to think about this morning……..

Class Dismissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 7:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you get off the tel-a-prompter and have to think for yourself, it's a different story. If you would look at his high school grades he never should of been admitted to college.
Shows you what an affirmative action education looks like! When you apply for a high level job at a major firm,
C's & D's in your college core subjects won't even get you an interview. Our first affirmative action president. He wouldn't even been admitted to any military academy!

At 8:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

" Letting Romney attack the President on Medicare saying the President cut 718 billion dollars when in fact that money went into the Affordable Care Act to close the drug donut hole. We have called this a bald face lie. Why couldn’t the President? "

Because the President has the actual facts and knows it isn't a lie.

At 8:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

" The President was lame in defending his own record in terms of saving the economy. Nowhere in there was a reference to the stimulus program that saved jobs. Obama should have countered Romney’s assertion that he worked in a bi partisan manner as Governor by pointing out that he had no GOP cooperation from anyone. "

Because the facts don't bare out what you claim. Some jobs were saved, mostly union jobs, from unions that donate large amounts to Obama. Romeny could have countered with... you have kept money coming to your reelection.

As far as bipartisanship; maybe Obama recalls the first two years of his presidency he had majorities in the house and senate.

While you are trying to spin it for the president, a good debater knows that if he/she threw out your points, the opposition would have crushed him/her with genuine facts, not hopeful fanciful stories.

At 9:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One debate dont a candidate make! Its clear Mitt Romney came out on top last night. It was kind of like the Ryder Cup last weekend, did the Europeans win it or did the USA blow it? Bottom line is that Romney won. The GOP will now play it up big and the Dems will downplay the thing. Personally I doubt either guy has the answers although like all politicians they think and act like they do, but does anyone have any solutions to the dire straights our Country has gotten itself into? I dont think so. Possibly if we could work together we'd have a shot. Sadly I just dont see that happening one way or the other on the local or national level.
Meanwhile both parties need to keep "Too Catholic" Ryan and "Motormouth" Biden out of sight.
Both are not people I'd like to see in the White House under any circumstances unless Sarah Palin was the option!
Excellent and fair and balanced coverage, David.

Pete Cassidy

At 12:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Other than politics

Bobby Valentuine, now theres a class act. Anything goes right he's responsible. Wrong, blame it on somebody, anybody else. Sue Henry may be happy with her guy in the political arena, but I bet she like other BOSOX Fans cant wait for the death bell to toll on Bobby V's brief career in Boston. Hit the road Jack, maybe as far as Japan again!
On your Tribe, Yonks, I hope they do hire Terry Francona and get started back on the right track.
So much for the regular season.
Now to see the Yankees get knocked off in the playoffs. Long as that happens I dont care who wins.

Baseball and
Red Sox Fan

At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know who the Prof. golfs with in Palm Springs, but they must be true GOP insiders. He was dead on. Just as he was with the jobs numbers. Love him or hate him, you gotta admit it.

At 6:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was the victory of substance over style.

At 6:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey professor! Since no one else has the balls: GOOD call.

Quess we must admit your were correct.

I say you get an A.

Easy to do for the sober.

At 6:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We witnessed the dismantling of an Affirmative Action Poster Child. Will we never learn?

At 6:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As usual Dave, great comments in your own hand. We really respect the work you do.

At 9:29 PM, Blogger Aggie95 said...

Obama brought a pillow to a knife fight

At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Pope George Ringo said...

I cannot believe Obama did what he did---or did not do. I literally lost sleep Wednesday night over this. I cannot understand how so called intelligent and qualified political advisers would go with such a bad decision. ANd one would think that despite what he was coached to do, Obama would have thought enough on his feet to change strategy after the first half hour of the debate.
I fear he has blown a if not comfortable, a decent lead.
Watch in the next week for Romney to outpoll in many swing states. The major state to look at would be Ohio. I think Obama's 6 to 8 pt. lead will evaporate to a dead heat at best, a Romney lead at worst.
There truly are few times a debate has done in a President/candidate for President.
1960 kept Nixon down. 1976 probably did in Ford. People say 1980 did Carter in, but there was so much more against the man that he would have lost had he not debated. I fear Obama will suffer a loss over this fiasco of his own making.
And remember, despite the upcoming debates, a lot fewer people will be tuned in.
Sometimes intelligent people do dumb things. And the Presidency can really put the office holder and his staff in a bubble world.
Now the reality sets in.
I pray I am wrong.
God Bless.

At 7:23 AM, Blogger Aggie95 said...

LOL ....funny stuff pretty much admit that Romney was right and obama did take 716 billion from medicare to fund obama care

Anonymous said...
" Letting Romney attack the President on Medicare saying the President cut 718 billion dollars when in fact that money went into the Affordable Care Act to close the drug donut hole. We have called this a bald face lie. Why couldn’t the President? "


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