(Having problems with my blog service; this is actually being posted on Oct. 3)
This is an honest and independent first reaction to the just-concluded debate between President Barack Obama (Democrat) and challenger Mitt Romney (Republican). I am alone and watched it alone and am not influenced by anyone. And I will admit up front that I went into it biased against Romney.
But it was Romney on steroids. I don’t know if he was accurate on some of the supposed facts he cited or how many things he said were flip flops from previous positions (many probably), but he was strident in making his case and came across as mister reasonable (not that Obama was not, reasonable, that is) and he seemed to offer a hint that he was independent of some of the far right loonies in his party whom he has spent so many months pandering to.
Obama handled himself well, but it was plain that he had met his match in debating and he seemed somewhat weary.
It will take the fact checkers to tear things apart, and then who checks on the fact checkers?
I think that overall Mr. Romney sounded more dynamic and capable of taking a no-nonsense business dollars and cents approach to our economic problems while at the same time taking human concerns into consideration.
It is plain and not news that he takes the position of letting business lead the way, while President Obama thinks government must lead, while fostering business opportunity.
Romney favors the private approach, such as vouchers, which allow people to spend money the way they choose, such as going to private schools, while President Obama does not.
Most of the debate was like a wonkfest with all kinds of complicated or confusing talk of tax rates and deductions and whether a tax cut was a tax cut or what really constituted raising taxes. No wonder politicians usually don’t care to go into detail.
I hope this does not sound as if Romney won me over. I was only reacting to what I just saw. I will ruminate on it all and read and reassess.
But I would think Mr. Romney has to be feeling pretty good.
I for one think he hit it out of the park.