Presidential debates: Part Deux
(Updated October 17, 2012)
Oh horrors! Terrible intelligence lapse. Both the wives were dressed in hot pink! Gasp! Somebody may lose their job over that. As for the speculation earlier in the day about Romney not knowing how to sit on a bar stool because he’s a non-drinking Mormon, that was a non-starter. They weren’t really bar stools; they were tall chairs. And he seemed to handle his just fine.
Aside from those important issues, the debate itself was so-so. Obama was much more engaged tonight, to the point of getting at least a draw. He set the record straight on his assertions about the attack on our Benghazi consulate, noting that the very next day in the Rose Garden he had called the attack “terrorist.” And moderator Candy Crowley backed him up, saying that is what the transcript says. Period. So Romney stumbled badly trying to say it was a week or more before the administration declared the attack was the work of terrorists. Too bad the Obama campaign hasn’t made this clear before now, because Republicans have been having a field day with it.
Romney used his bullying tactics on Crowley and he really needs to stop. Running roughshod over a moderator, or anyone else, is unnecessary, rude, and unseemly. The man is obviously used to having his way in every situation; imagine the tantrums if he gets elected and Congress won’t do what he wants!
Obama’s last “answer” was commentary about Romney’s infamous 47%. Perfect timing, leaving the audience to think about that. It distinguishes the two candidates more than anything else.
The rest of the debate was a toss-up, which was a definite improvement for Obama. Crowley was the big loser; she didn’t even come close to Martha Raddatz’s moderation of the VP debate. And to think both sides were trying to muzzle Crowley in advance for fear she’d nail their candidate with a difficult, embarrassing follow-up question.
Obama’s exact words in the Rose Garden the morning after the Benghazi attack:
No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.