Romney was the more successful communicator last night because of all of that powerful visual stuff that seems arbitrary upon reflection.
I think Obama's miscalculation was that he wanted to appear thoughtful and Presidential, when really everyone wanted him to be an *******. He wanted to remind people of what he's done and try to dispell some of the stuff Romney's been saying and lay some of the groundwork for future policies, and everyone else wanted Obama to go for the throat and chokeslam Romney through the floor.
I mean that's kind of what I'm getting with all this "he appeared weak and unprepared" crud. Like people were so busy being annoyed that Obama wasn't essentially playing Romney's game that they completely forgot that most of what Romney said was bull****. They're impressed because Romney looked like an actual human being for once and ignoring the fact that what he said had little basis in fact and reality.
I don't care how Obama looked. I care what he said. Like, the words and stuff.
Why would you keep your best ammo in the war chest.
It is fresh on everyone's mind. You pound him on it, hammer him on it and put him on the defensive.
I was stunned how defensive the President was last night. There was one particular sequence when they were debating the "health care board"
The President, rather then detailing out that this board is made up of health care experts and the top of their field, was defending the word "board" and allowing Mitt to define it as a group of unelected people akin to death panels.
I, as a never would vote for Obama guy, was stunned he wasn't responding stronger here to a blatant mischaracterization of a fairly interesting aspect of the health care bill which I wasn't aware of.
And there is a good portion of being president that relies on going around and presenting yourself in a certain manner depending on the situation, whether it's meeting with rival world leaders, or reassuring the American public, or comforting people in mourning.
And actually I think we complain about the Redskins doing this all the time. Although it might be in the playbook, the quarterback ends up trying to wait for the right moment, the coach tells him to be careful with the ball, and he never throws it. Maybe Obama felt like he has a lead, so he's just going to try to run out the clock. He doesn't want to take a shot down the field right now.
edit: I would have preferred that Obama brought up the 47% soundbite, just like I like to see the Redskins take a deep shot. It's more entertaining, and I am still wondering what Romney had prepared in response. But we're just spectators, and there are still a few debates to go.
People will see what they want to see in these debates.
There were no knockout punches landed. No great soundbites. Both came across OK.
But Obama did a poor job of calling Romney on the 47% comment, and on the disconnect between not raising taxes, spending $2T more on defense and paying down the deficit. Big Bird and PBS represents something like one ten thousandth of the budget. That a politician would pick it as one of two examples shows how disconnected these talking points are from anything useful.
I would have to say, IMO, anyone that chooses a party and believes they agree with EVERYTHING that EVERY candidate from that party thinks then they are morons. The whole idea of choosing a party puts you on the defense whenever anyone says something that might slightly disagree with your candidate. I honestly believe most people find it impossible to be unbiased when talking about members of their political parties. Just like most Redskins fans find it impossible to be unbiased when talking about the Skins' players vs the Cowboys' players.