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  •  I read a great comment (11+ / 0-)

    by  Mike RinRI in another diary that provides an insight into how the Romney's debate win was received. I fear that nobody actually saw this comment which deserves attention:

    My late 80's mother, an Obama supporter but does in fact vote for the person rather than the party, listens to talk radio and does a pretty good job of identifying the BS watched the debate in its entirety and her reaction is probably typical of many in her demographic.

    Her verdict?  Obama lost the debate.  Not Romney won the debate because she felt he came across as sleazy and pretentious.  She was tremendously upset by the way Romney treated Jim Lehrer but she thought that his message was by far the more effective of the 2 candidates.

    She doesn't closely follow politics but she believed Romney when he talked about his tax cuts (or lack thereof), she came away with the impression that he decided that he could support Obamacare, she was appalled that he talked up his voucher program for medicare but is relieved that the 2 candidates agree on Social Security.  Basically she got the impression that Willard is a pretty moderate candidate.

    She told me that Obama doesn't seem to be who she thought he was, she doesn't distrust him but she thought his failure to defend or rebut Romney on the points where she knew they differed was unpresidential.  He didn't act like the man in charge.

    So yes she's still voting for Obama but she doesn't see the vast differences between the two.  The important thing is that she is convinced that Obama lost and she feels comfortable that whoever wins in November we'll be OK.

    This is an actual result from the debate.  It isn't who said what, it's who HEARD what that matters.

    by Mike RinRI on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 12:55:37 PM EDT

    “Mitt Romney is the only person in America who looked at the way this Congress is behaving and said, ‘I want the brains behind THAT operation.’ ” — Tom Perriello

    by hungrycoyote on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 02:36:36 PM PDT

    •  ...and that is (8+ / 0-)

      eaxctly the result the Romney  campaign needed and wanted. No longer is he an insensitive, out-of touch  Mr. Moneybags who takes the most extreme position possible on any given issue (and will act on it on Day One!) - he's now a reasonable moderate, just like the president, who so often agreed with him.

      And there are lots of folks out there like Mikes mother, who now think that  either one of them will be OK. That perception has got to be changed.

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 02:52:47 PM PDT

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    •  Give her a hug & kiss for us. (1+ / 0-)
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      There are many anecdotes flying over the internet that reflect how many WOMEN thought Romney was a bully, and didn't appreciate his style at all.  And let's face it, the great majority of punditry comes from white men.

      I'm sure there are others who feel as Mike's mother did, and others who didn't.  We're just going to have to wait for the numbers to roll in in these next days to gage the effect of this debate.  

      And do notice, Mike's mama is still voting for Obama.  So while she thought Mitt won the debate, and wasn't as bad as she thought he was, she still isn't voting for him.  Why?  Because one night does not change someone's mind---not someone with any common sense. And if that night made up someone's mind, well, it can be easily unmade in the next two debates.

      I have faith in President Obama.

      "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

      by StellaRay on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 08:00:16 PM PDT

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