Anonymous asked: What's your opinion on who won the debate? Obama or Romney?
Honestly wasn’t impressed by the performance of either candidate. The ABC pundits described the debate as “cordial” and “wonky”, which is to say, “relatively polite and orderly” and “full of substantial policy discussion”. I wondered if we were watching the same debate.
Both candidates ran over their allotted time regularly (which is, to be fair, the norm in these debates), constantly interrupted or ignored Lerher, and almost 100% refused to give real, substantial answers. How can you call this a “wonky” debate when Romney won’t elaborate on the updates to his tax policy, or says things like, “I won’t make cuts that add to the deficit”? How in the balls does promoting the cause of the middle class have a connection to Bin Laden’s death that is ANYTHING but tenuous, Obama? Are you guys both shitting me? That’s not even a question; I digress. Of course you’re shitting me. It’s a Presidential “debate”, debate in quotes because these things aren’t real debates, and probably haven’t been for decades.
And then, people have the gall to blame Lerher for getting steamrolled. Guys, it’s a state Governor and the President of the United States. They have some responsibility, you know, as adults. As professionals. You’d hope they could behave appropriately, but that’s not what contemporary politics demand. If they hadn’t “steamrolled” the moderator, they would’ve gotten flak for not being “aggressive” enough. They speak over each other all the time, and that’s lauded as being “confident”. I’m sure glad I don’t turn to these gigs to learn about policy!
Watching the debate did not give me the impression that anybody won, but in the end, the pundits decide. They have decided that Romney won. Is it because he did better than expected? Is it because campaign coverage will garner low ratings if the race isn’t “close” up to election day?
Who knows. In any case, pundits say Romney won, so as far as public opinion is concerned, he won.
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- iamthespacecadet said: But wonky is not a good word, it means not… right basically, so saying that the complete avoidance of issues is wonky is pretty spot on. But I do agree the debate was pretty much just a bunch of buzzwords.
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- morgflorg said: Wonderful commentary! You are very right. The mediator was often looked over. Both candidates were acting rather childish and rude toward him (one candidate more than the other in my opinion).
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- summoningdark said: who cares who won the debate, the election is what’s important!
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- oldmanyellsatcloud said: I think its also influenced by people who were expecting more for Obama and got little.
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