The Overall Result Of The Debate
The Presidential election is very close right now. According to Real Clear Politics, Romney has developed a slight advantage on the electoral map. Obama was ahead just weeks ago. My read on this is simple; Romney was the overall victor in the debates. Perhaps one of the main reasons for this is that the voters appear to have been turned off by the Obama/Biden campaign strategy of being rude in debates.
We know that Obama wanted to appear more aggressive in the second and third Presidential debates. It makes sense to show that you are someone who wants to fight for what you believe in. However, The President’s interrupting of Mitt Romney and his occasionally condescending verbiage didn’t come across well. He appeared to be snide with lines like these:
“When you were asked, what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia – not al-Qaida, you said Russia. And the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”
“You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets – (laughter) – because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines.”
Many of Romney’s supporters were upset that Obama would talk like this during a Presidential debate. Romney supporters were also enraged with Vice President Biden’s behavior during his debate with Romney running-mate Paul Ryan. What’s more important is that a number of independent voters weren’t happy with it either. I guess it’s true what they say, nobody likes a bully.
Meanwhile, Mitt Romney has seen a plateau of sorts in the polls. Many voters are questioning whether his foreign policy ideas would indeed include a costly war. We never really got an answer on that issue.
Now that the smoke has cleared on the debates, we are told that an old favorite is going to enter the mix. Donald Trump has stated that tomorrow he will reveal something that will be a big deal in the world of politics. We don’t know what it is, but we do know that Mr. Trump has managed to keep himself relevant with it. Of course, we know that “the Donald” loves nothing more than to get his name out there for all to see. We’ll now have to wait to see if his “surprise” is anything that is remotely relevant.
Look for President Obama and Governor Romney to be pounding the pavement in these final weeks. They want to bring in independent voters in places like Virginia or Florida. We all know that we’re going to see the rallies, hear the applause-lines and sit through the commercials. Hopefully, we can keep our wits about us enough to get to the polls in November.