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    Winners and Losers

    By kyle | October 11, 2012

    I’ve grown tired of the “Obama blew it” meme about the debate. This idea comes from 2 places: 1) Ultra-liberal policies are so awesome that any self-respecting college grad should be able to defend them; and b) by not showing up, Obama sealed Romney’s victory. The facts are otherwise. Obama was lackluster and mediocre, I agree — but then, he pretty much always is. A better way to look at this debate is: Romney blew away Obama by being the superior candidate, making better arguments, having a superior philosophy. There wasn’t just a loser in this debate. There was a winner.
    If Obama thinks he’s going to turn the tables by being a colossal jerk in the next debate, well….I certainly hope that’s what he’s thinking, and I do believe he is.

    Topics: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney | 11 Comments »

    11 Responses to “Winners and Losers”

    1. Obama bin Biden Says:
      October 11th, 2012 at 9:39 am

      I watched Obama being Obama sans the teleprompter. No way he turns it around. Hope and change will be on the ash heap of history come January.

    2. Patrick Wahl Says:
      October 11th, 2012 at 11:35 am

      I think foreign policy is an area with less tangible talking points than the domestic area, where you can alway point to GDP growth and unemployment numbers and so on. Except now Obama’s incompetence has handed Romney a giant hammer with his Libya fiasco, so I don’t see how that debate can to well for Obama either.

      (BTW Kyle, you more or less came up with the Althouse theory she put out yesterday – it’s better to promote the idea that Obama lost because he was really off his game, rather than the idea that he lost because Romney is just a better candidate than Obama.)

    3. kishke Says:
      October 11th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      Completely off-topic, but I’m doing it anyway. Check out this magnificent speech from Lara Logan about our government’s shameful denial of the danger posed by Al Qaeda and the Taliban. She touches on the incident in Libya too.

    4. JimmyC Says:
      October 11th, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      Roger Ebert has an absolutely pathetic new column up about the debate. He starts out by whining that he’s “fallen into a deep depression” because Obama lost. Then he argues that Romney only won because lied about his positions on every issue, whereas Obama “stayed true to his principles.”

      So you see, Romney has been campaigning on the far right all this time, and apparently only Ebert knew about it (silly me, I thought he had been running as a moderate this whole time), and Obama is just too noble to lie. And that’s it- Ebert doesn’t mention how Obama’s policies have failed for the last four years, or all the campaign promises he has broken.

      Unbelievable. Mr. Ebert isn’t just divorced from reality, he’s taken out a restraining order against it.

    5. Kyle Says:
      October 11th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      Yes, I read Althouse, I agree with her.

    6. kishke Says:
      October 11th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      I’ve seen this meme about Romney’s supposed lies and flip-flops on several lefty sites. It’s so much excuse-mongering.

    7. Patrick Wahl Says:
      October 11th, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Watching the debate, it seems like Biden thinks smirking and acting like a buffoon every time Ryan speaks is an effective debating tactic.

    8. Murray B Says:
      October 12th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      Keep rocking it Kyle. As they say over at Glen Renolds’ site: Ride through ’em, they are demoralized as hell.”

    9. richard40 Says:
      October 12th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      If obama can somehow win the next debate, he can stop the boleeding and even things oup again. But if he loses again, he is toast.

    10. jgreene Says:
      October 12th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Romney is going to slice and dice, Obama. There is just so much material for Romney to use against this INCOMPETENT and his looney VP.

    11. Union Jack Says:
      October 13th, 2012 at 10:06 am

      2 stooges for das kapital, power, privilege, perm war. who cares? yawn

      actually rather romney wins. white job class will stare el capitan of das kapital in the face w/out distraction of kenyan muslim fraud and wall st minstrel man. white jobbers been gettin screwed by global finance kapital since nixon daze

      natives gettin restless, know they’re gettin screwed by global kapital just dont know its name. false consciousness.

      half the pop knows elections = bread circus fraud and stay home

      Obromney rombama who cares???