Yikes, what a mess.
Some of you already know the Czar is less than pleased with the nonsense of the town hall-style debate. Many Twitter twerps were irate at how pro-Obama the questions were (immigration, Bush, outsourcing); in fact, a couple were pretty anti-Obama, too (firearms, energy, Libya). But one thing on which we can all agree is that nearly all of the questions were ridiculous. These were either asked and answered at the last debate, or were fairly petty. Town halls are dopey because the questions asked are often small-minded, and politicians are often forced to make cheesy promises to individuals when they ought to be setting goals for the majority.
Okay, that all aside, the debate was quite messy: Obama tried his best to act all tough and pissy, interrupting too often, but backing off when approached by Romney. He was definitely doing more acting than before, but overall stuck to his talk track from the last debate.
Oh, lets be honest. President Obama landed with a thud. He started out in a slump and while he at least got back to his feet (Romney let him off too easy on a couple, and the moderator was too forgiving with him) his answers were rambling, off-subject, and quite bitchy.
Romney was by far in command. Yes, he could have done better on the Libya questionbut by this point, Americans already know there was a screw up, followed by a cover up, and that Obama was forced on live television to admit the responsibility was his. And did you know that the President loves the Second Amendment and is a big firearm nut? That was news.
Romney did his best, without appearing too irritating, to get under Obamas skin at every turn, and did a pretty good job at that. And while Romney could have done better on a couple questions, Obama could have done better on all of them.
No question the mainstream media will triumphantly announce that Barack Obama is back, baby, and the liberal/Left will say he really stuck it to Governor Romney. But there is not question this debate will again widen the gap further with Romney at the helm.
The President had 94 minutes to make a solid argument why the next four years will be sunshine and roses, and he just couldnt do it.