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  •  Believe it or not, (3+ / 0-)
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    mamamedusa, IM, Sylv

    I think most people, including the diarist, are aware that this is all just idle speculation at this point.

    •  The diarist perhaps (0+ / 0-)

      Many others see a foregone conclusion. Caution is needed

      There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

      by slothlax on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 05:21:21 AM PDT

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      •  I agree, with one caveat (1+ / 0-)
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        Romney needs to survive as a credible candidate until the debates.  To do this, he needs to somehow survive the shelling he's going to get from the Obama machine in August and September over flip-flopping and Etch-a-Sketch.  The single most important thing in presidential elections is TRUST.  And, that is where Romney is most vulnerable to attacks.  Now, that hasn't seemed to make a difference so far, but Obama will pull no punches.

        If Romney is still within 5 points going into the debates, then he can really score against Obama.  He has proven through an untold number of debates to be a good debater.  Unlike McCain or GWB, he is quick witted and has a plan in debates.  Obama has charisma, but it's as an orator, not as a conversationalist.  Reagan and Clinton, they had a great conversational style, and great senses of timing and humor.  Obama comes across as a little stiff in his non-scripted communications, and he seems to me to take himself a little too seriously.  His sense of humor is also awkward and sometimes seems forced.

        That said, Romney can't seem to tell a joke without offending somebody ("garbage bag ponchos", "$10,000 bets", "two Cadillacs", etc.) so it ought to be a hell of a debate.

        •  I totally agree re: debates (0+ / 0-)

          Romney's good at the bullet point sort of presentation and has an air of confidence that serve him well in a debate format.

          There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

          by slothlax on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 12:46:47 PM PDT

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