Watching the debate between Obama and Romney it became clear that the former knew his facts while the later came off as confident but clueless. Moderator Jim Lehrer seemed to be a doddering, semi-senile old man who was babbling and begging to get Romney to stop talking.
It was a huge victory for Romney.
Romney knew he had to go for the throat, be aggressive yet respectful, and throw out as many of the facts about Obama’s failures are possible.
Romney said he wouldn’t cut taxes by $5 trillion or add to the deficit or cut taxes on the “wealthy” repeatedly despite the fact that Obama kept maintaining he did say that. When Romney repeated to Obama’s face what he did say the president backed down and changed the subject.
Romney met Obama’s lies by saying his 5 sons would tell falsehoods but that no matter how many times they repeated them Romney didn’t believe them.
Of course, Romney was talking about Obama lying about his record and his plan.
Obama has a horrible economic record and thus can’t run on having been successful but I sincerely believe he has no understanding of economics.
The effect of the debate was to show Romney as an expert who belonged teaching at an Ivy League university while Obama belonged in high school as a student.
How will the press spin this debate? Most likely there will be some acknowledgement that Obama didn’t do as well as he could have and then there will be a snarkfest trying to nitpick every single assertion Romney made in order to find fault with what he said.
In short, Obama played at being a president who knew what he was doing while Romney showed he knew what he was doing.