Through the evening, Romney came across as the competent executive, in command and optimistic. Obama was defeated and deflated, whose ideas have been tried and found wanting. I don't know how the Democrats will try to spin this one, but it just doesn't matter. There was only one credible leader on the stage and it wasn't our failed president.
It's difficult to see how Mitt Romney could have been much better than he was in last night's debate. Romney was crisp, forceful (without being disrespectful or obnoxious), and almost always on point. Most importantly, he was vibrant and even passionate. As for Obama, he paled in comparison. The president's performance was subdued; he was far less inclined to address Romney's points than Romney was to rebut his; and he tended to ramble and repeat himself. Obama was using hackneyed anecdotes about his dead Grandmother and looked lost and bewildered without his teleprompter. He had his head down frequently which gave the impression that he was enduring the debate rather than fighting it. One small point among many: Obama doesn't even know how to stand at a podium, as he continually lifted one leg (girlie fashion). He would be below average as a High School debater.
Popular Wall Street Journal journalist, James Taranto, long ago advanced an observation called the ''Taranto Principle.'' In short, it means that the liberal (socialist) media so coddles liberal politicians that they have no idea how to cope outside the liberal media bubble. Barack Obama has been so totally coddled by the liberal media that he looked absolutely shell-shocked in this debate. Stunned, unhappy, angry, sour and a some points genuinely incoherent. Mitt Romney has had nowhere near that kind of treatment. He had serious opponents in the primaries -- all of how in their own way forced him to confront his ideas in a serious fashion. The Obama media never let up, so the man went through the political equivalent of boot camp. Last night, outside the liberal-bubble -- forced to be alone on a stage with a very serious, very prepared candidate -- Barack Obama was in BIG trouble!
The Way I See It....the reason you get the impression that Romney is ''void of sympathy'' is because you are observing the haughty, disconnected caricature of a Romney that the lame-stream media likes to paint of conservatives. The real Romney is a patriot, a family man with religious morality, a guy with common sense and a business head for getting things done. This morning, Obama tried to do damage control by claiming that the man on stage was ''not the real Romney.'' I would say, ''On the contrary, Mr Obama, that was the real Mitt Romney. You've been campaigning against the liberal media's distorted portrayal of him, but now you've met the real man.''
The true sign the US is colour blind will come when voters are as ready to sack Barack Obama as they were to choose him. Perhaps this paradox defines this political season. That Obama is African-American may be important, but in a way quite unlike that darkly suggested by, for example, MSNBC's excitable boys and girls who, with their (at most) one-track minds and exquisitely sensitive olfactory receptors, sniff racism in any criticism of their pin-up, pop-star messiah. I think MSNBC's Chris Matthews didn't feel ''a thrill up his leg'' listening this time to Obama like in 2008. The nation is about to sober-up and admit they made a mistake in choosing him, regardless of colour.