Last night Romney did well for himself.
He stuck to his very well rehearsed and planned speechlets. What I found as his best tactic was playing like he is the little guy on the street trying desperately to make ends meet and lecturing the President as if he is unaware of the toils of the working stiff. He used it numerous times and I thought it was effective. It went to his greatest weakness and while probably not making it a plus, it might probably reduced it some.
I am unsure why he used that $716 billion Medicare claim again when all news outfits have said for months it is a lie.
Death panels again?
Romney saying what he has campaigned on for 18 months isn’t his plan since last night anyway.
It seemed Romney said basically many times, “I don’t know what I will do, wait until after I do and you will know.”
Obama was stale. He tried to give more specifics of what he would do, I assume to offset that Romney had only vagueness. It didn’t work. It was substance, but he came off as uncaring.
I was personally happy that Obama mentioned the problem with the oft beaten “small business” stuff. From my experience the R’s use this as a tool to help the millionaire “small business and not the mom and pop stores “small business” we all think of.
If there is one thing that can help the small business we all think of as mom and pop stores etc is to change the definition of small business to be them and not the millionaires. When most of us want to be helping “small business” we mean the corner store, the auto repair shop, the local bookstore or hot dog cart. Rather than hedge fund millionaires and Donald Trump.
As far as the moderation; it was fine. It wasn’t like there was a shouting match. The president went over his times and Romney butted in demanding rebuttal. Both were fine.
What Romney needs to watch out for is being led off message. His speechlets worked, but if Obama had taken Romney out of his well prepared responses I think he would have had big problems. I didn’t expect quite so much pandering to the extreme right as he did. I really did think he would etch a sketch and try to be moderate to appeal to the center.
Sorry Flanders, it was no “blowout” lol. Romney did well, but he was far from a “blowout.”