historical record which clearly shows that presidents don't get re-elected when
the unemployment rate is high doesn't much reflect the demographic reality of
are not that many white, young, unemployed people who buy into Romney's vision
of the free-market creating umpteen millionaires and hence removing poverty and
making Social Security, Medicare and other safety nets unnecessary.
be Obama will win because of these factors even if he comes across as wonky or
lackluster or not-aggressive-enough in the debates as the media and all the
pundits have been harping on.
tough to believe that Americans can be so forgetful about recent economic
history when W. came into office with a surplus and there was debate between
Gore and W about what to do with that surplus. Bush explicitly cut taxes for
the rich as he had promised to do (at a cost of a trillion dollars) and ran up
a trillion dollar bill for an unnecessary war in Mesopotamia. The TARP designed
by Bush and Hank Paulson cost nearly another trillion dollars.
Obama got handed the economic mess that he was. He tried to salvage whatever he
could from the mess created by Wall. St. and ensured that the economy didn’t fall off the cliff and also passed Obamacare
which gets more Americans insured.
Romney peddles some utter untruths even going so far as to say that private
insurance is cheaper. Obama at least pointed out in the debate about
independent studies showing that Medicare has lower administrative costs than
No Drama Obama also crushed
Hillary Clinton, and then McCain.
Does he have to
descend into the mud and remind Americans who killed bin Laden or rub it in to
Romney about the "47%" business?
smart enough to reach their own conclusions? Also, I don't think many hardcore
Democrats or Republicans are going to cross over to the other side no matter
what the candidates do at this stage.
It's only to persuade
the fence sitters. I think No Drama Obama will do a better job of attracting them
as well -- unless all those fence sitters happen to be millionaires.
It seems to me the
bar was set too low for Romney and when he came out shamelessly swinging and
did not commit any gaffes, everyone is going gaga about his performance.
Conversely, the bar
was set too high for Obama and when he stuck to the facts, people are saying he
failed by his Great Orator standards.
I think it's just
that the Democrats are saying: "It's not that *I* have been persuaded by
Romney's performance, but I am concerned about the possibility of the *other
guy* being persuaded."
I think, after two
more of these are done and Nov. 7 comes around, the headline we'll see will be
this:"OBAMA REELECTED" I posted my 'quick' impressions about the first debate here.