We all agree that the moderator, Jim Lehrer of PBS was off his game in that job. I, for one, admire Lehrer over the years as a presidential debate moderator but let us be clear, he need not accept that job again.
We all agree, President Obama was not on his game. And I will state this, as mad as I was for him NOT attacking Mitt Romney for lie after lie, he did say a few days ago, "I am not a good debater.."
Mitt Romney is on the money ropes.
Why? I have been asking for over a month why the man was not campaigning, but fundraising. He is down on cash. We all saw this show before. It was after Super Tuesday, 2008 when the Clinton Campaign was flat out of cash by mismanaging their campaign. Hillary Clinton could not even compete and stay on track after Super Tuesday. That campaign totally ignored the caucuses and real ground game that the Obama Campaign put in play for every Democrat to model going forward. And I mean not only ground, but social media as well.
All I wrote above is applicable to the Romney Campaign. The Romney Campaign do not have the funds to compete with the Obama Campaign for the one fundamental thing that is happening now and will happen on election day, the ground game.
Next, The Romney Campaign do not have a deep bench of small donors to keep it afloat. That is a fact. The campaign is depending deeply on the Super Pacs, but I am not convinced that they are even in his corner. That is the thing about Super Pacs, if you are doing a lousy job (as Romney has at campaigning) they don't have to write a 10 million dollar check. So, just call them "fair weather friends".
Next, polls. Look for Romney getting a bump, but not a major one. Why? It is really too late in the game. People have made their minds up on who they are going to vote for, last night was just a production and not a good one at that.
Next, Mitt Romney said a lot of "lying bullshit" last night. In one sentence he stated that he liked parts of Obamacare that he would keep, like the pre-existing conditions clause and the keeping your children on your parents insurance until 26; and then in the same sentence said he was repealing Obamacare. Contradiction much? And the uninsured he stated send them to the emergency room? WTF? Also, towards the end Romney stated he was going to create 12 million jobs. Fine, HOW? WHERE? WHEN? And at whose expense?
Next, no one knows who the real Mitt Romney is. We don't know why he wants to be President. He was every Sybil personality on the stage last night and will gain not much from it. No one walked away knowing this guy at all.
Next, everything Mitt Romney said last night will be hit hard by the Obama Campaign. The campaign will pick apart everything he said and attack it. Watch for the ads coming to your tv soon, swing states!
Lastly, Barack Obama was off his game last night. I don't know if he had other things on his mind (most likely like Libya, etc.) but he is the one who said, "....being president means you can chew gum and do many things at the same time...." That being said, going forward he can not give another performance like last night. He needs to challenge Romney and any moderator not doing their job. He needs to talk to me. He did not talk to the public. He talked to the hall and the moderator but not to me. Obama Debate Team, fix that. The public needs to feel assured that you are speaking to them.
Debates are performances, like watching a play. You listen to the words and look at the performance. At the end you either liked the performance or not. Romney did what he needed to do. Obama was flat.
Folks, Mitt Romney proved to me that he is one of the most dangerous presidential candidates in a while. And this is a reason that many Democrats had their hair on fire, me included, because we know this. Barack Obama, you must do better. And Joe Biden, I expect you to rip Paul Ryan apart next week.
Just my 2 cents, getting ready for work. Have a great day.
Oh, another thing. Attacking PBS and saying I love Big Bird but he is not giving any more money to PBS? Do not think that every MOTHER, current and past did not hear that one. They did.