With Jim Lehrer ‘The Enabler’, Mitt Romney Wallops Obama
By Michael Bradley
There’s no doubt about it, Barack Obama had his head handed to him in the first Presidential Debate Wednesday night, October 3rd.
Pres. Obama stood quietly and nodded his head as though in agreement as Romney bloviated in a voice just short of shouting, giving the impression of a knowing father figure disciplining an errant child who just doesn’t understand what he did wrong.
Romney completely dominated the so-called debate, speaking most of the time because he was directly enabled by Jim Lehrer, who surely should have abided by his promise a year or so ago that he would not moderate any further debates.
Lehrer’s performance was so lop-sided that it was almost amusing; he never stopped Romney from continuing past his time limit or from breaking into Obama’s comments, but he shouted down the president to admonish him that his time was up and repeatedly sought to restrict the president. Perhaps its time to ask, what is Mr. Lehrer’s political persuasion?
But there is no excusing President Obama. He blew the debate. Perhaps he was personally arrogant walking into the debate, somehow complacently thinking he was just giving a campaign talk to the huge television audience instead of realizing he was in a stand-up fight with the leader of the political party that gave this country the Great Recession and which has done everything in its power to block Mr. Obama’s attempts to generate a recovery.
The GOP has no problem talking about Democrats and seeking to lay blame for every ill that ever befell the nation at the feet of some or all Democrats, but somehow the Democrats don’t want to name the Republicans when they talk about the GOP’s misdeeds, which in recent history are legendary.
This phenomenon was starkly in evidence Wednesday night when Obama obliquely talked about the eight years of G.W. Bush without naming Bush or the GOP. He also spoke about Congress without calling out the Republicans.
Yet everyone knows that the GOP has declared their sole goal is to assure Obama fails, and to that end they have played brinksmanship with the debt ceiling and blocked jobs bills, etc., etc., all of which edges close to treason given that Congressmen swear to uphold and protect the nation.
But it seems no one has the guts to put the GOP on the defensive that it so richly deserves. Instead the leader of the Democratic Party stood before the nation and appeare polite and soft spoken – weak kneed – in the face of attack, a stance which will never work with Americans.
Perhaps Pres. Obama thought he was going to be the Professor-in-Chief and simply give everyone in the lecture hall his standard lessons, forgetting he was really on a spotlighted national stage, acting as the embodiment of the Democratic Party in a tangible contest with the leader of the Republican Party.
Yet whether in the role of professor or president, he failed. As a professor, he let his solid points be contradicted and hardly fought back, and as president he allowed his challenger to make and repeat falsehoods and misrepresentations largely without
Unfortunately, even though Mitt Romney obfuscated, misrepresented and sometimes outright lied about the positions that he and Paul Ryan have publicly committed to in the GOP platform, Romney came away from the debate looking more presidential than the president
One can only hope that before the next debate our actual president, Barack Obama, will discover some serious anger, maybe even a bit of rage, over the ugly plans and machinations of the Republicans. Pres. Obama already has the facts, so perhaps he will find those emotional assets in the same closet where he stored his eloquence.