By all accounts, the first 2012 Presidential debate was all Romney. The scoreboard showed Romney was able to recount 44 statistics, while the President mentioned 33. Barack Obama looked “clueless” according to Jeff Greenfield, a Yahoo corespondent.
A CNN poll shows that nearly 70% of respondents believe Romney was the winner.
Newsmax polls show Romney 52%, Obama 44.6%.
I never thought I’d ever utter the following:
“I agree with Bill Maher!”
Maher, one of Obama’s staunchest supporters, admitted this morning that it was obvious that he needed his teleprompter. So, whether it was unpreparedness, or a poor record, or unsound policy, Barack Obama looked for the entire ninety minutes like he was being horsewhipped.
Even though Obama was allowed more time, four minutes more, anyone who watched the debate would swear that Romney had the advantage. This is because Romney’s content dominated! It only felt like Obama wasn’t speaking, because of the “and’s” and “but’s” and “doh’s” (with deference to Homer Simpson)!
Obama danced around the questions. When asked about jobs, invariably he brought up a dozen issues that had nothing to do with jobs: healthcare, energy, etc. Whenever he did, Romney was quick to pounce. He turned every issue against the President.
On healthcare, Romney pointed out the impending rise in premiums in contrast to Obama’s claims that they would be lowered. On energy, Romney pointed out that oil production has increased in spite of Obama’s policies, not because of them.
Romney scored on green energy issues, where money by the billions was thrown at poor risk companies. He scored on jobs, smacking Obama left and right, throwing his dismal statitistics in his face to the point that the President asked Jim Lehrer to move on to another topic.
He knew he’d lost! Obama did not even bring up the hot topic “47%” issue that has been in the press so much of late, failing to take advantage of Romney’s only Achilles heel. Perhaps it was because he doubted his ability to make the case.
The one point where Romney failed to score was on the Middle East. It was a topic that Barack Obama mentioned, citing his opinion that winning in Iraq and pulling out of Afghanistan signalled success in the region. Romney failed to counter with references to the recent riots and attacks on over thirty US embassies worldwide.
Body language told the story as well. Barack Obama typically stood submissively, head down, eyes averted while Mitt Romney simply recited the record. He rarely looked his challenger in the eye, except when he himself was speaking. Romney, on the other hand, was engaging! He looked Obama in the eye almost continually. He smiled. He showed confidence.
Romney looked presidential! Obama did not!
Thus far, only one source has even dared to call the result a tie. Nobody is calling Obama the winner. There is not even the usual knee-jerk claims of victory from the Left that anyone would expect. This is not to say that the Left is the only side that does this. But they are utterly silent this morning! They know Romney was the clear winner.