Re: Your take on the first Presidential Debate?
posted at 10/4/2012 7:29 AM EDT
In response to Pan's comment:
In response to polar123's comment:
Jim Lehrer was terrible. Romney won this debate, but failed again to explain how he is going to achieve what he discussed. Obama seemed nervous, a bit overconfident, and couldn't quite articulate what he was thinking. Not sure if tonight will change many voters minds, but Obama clearly needs to come out better prepared for the next debate. It will be interesting to see how the media spins this one.
Several of us watched the debate together and we did not think after seeing it that Romney won -- Obama's points and plans had MUCH more substance than Romney's. Romney is such a shape-shifter -- he evaded saying anything concrete about what he will do. We were wishing that Obama challenge Romney's distortions and outright lies more vigorously-- Obama is way too polite, and this has been the general problem. He is reticent to put the blame firmly where it needs to be put -- on the Republicans and their unpatriotic and self-serviing obstructionism. He needs to be more of a fighter. Part of the problem is that he needs to tread carefully so as not to appear as an angry black man, but part of it is that at his core Obama is a very reasonable and respectful person.
We think that Obama DID articulate what he was thinking well -- he is all about solving problems (and he clearly has practical solutions, something that Romney totally lacks), but he didn't deal well at all with the gladiator-combat aspects of the debate.
But the mainstream media is way off. Watching CNN afterwards was pure torture -- CNN's personnel are clearly biased in favor of conservatives -- many, even most, come off as Republican shills. I absolutely can't stand Wolf Blitzer. CNN has fallen soooo far.
Wow. I have to say you might be the only person in the country today to think that both Obama won the debate and that CNN pundits are conservative. Just wow.
BTW: How long have you worked at the Globe?