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  Listening to some commentators on MSNBC's debate night and other places reminds of why Barack Obama is President. Many were surprised by his 08' victories. It also recalls how the D's lost in 10'. Ed in particular was a bit over the top, again. Fine, Ed has done good recently so he and others who mean well, get a pass. Indeed they made some good points about the moment. But a debate is not an election.

     So let us look at the complaints.  'Why didn't he bring up the 47% comment and the war on woman? Why din't he take it to Romney?'  Answer, because its a four act play. Mr. Romney is slippery with the facts and was looking to get rowdy play to the audience and make a big scene.
    Not only that, President Obama instinctively knew, he had to let this fellow 'talk his talk.' He earned that right by winning the R nomination. He had a right to take it to the president and shine for his people.


   It was very smart not to bring up any potent arguments the 47%, Women rights, Voter suppression, foreign policy inexperience... that have given The President's campaign and the D's a real edge in the battle ground states. Thus they still stand!
    If he had did it The Ed's way ' to roll in the mud, get into brawl', the challenger would have said anything to defend the defenselessness of the many positions. And with the weakness of the moderator and some in the pundit class easily gotten away with it.

There is a reason smart pundits like Joy-Ann Reid, Larry O'Donnel and Al Sharpton saw 'a rope a dope.' Chris Hayes said 'Obama maintains his likability.'  
By letting Romney jump up, double down and make ugly comparisons like the one about 'his lying sons' The president wisely let the challenger 'get the vitriol off your chest.' While at the same time deftly pointing out the challenger's main new argument 'Never mind what I said before.'

     Now he has set up Joe Biden to take Paul Ryan to school. And he has left a lot of room for OFA to continue to pound the issues that work and hit the new issues of political character. How do you debate a man driven to say and seize on anything to win, a news cycle, let alone an election. - just like Scot Brown, Tod Akin, and other R and Con candidates.  
    There is line from the poem Excelsior 'This was the peasants last good night.'
Next week Joe Biden will not be so constrained, by 'tradition', with Paul Ryan who will probably be made to pay 'big time' for Mr. Romney's tactical over reach and strategic blunders. He left all of the big issues and charges on the table.
  Finally Mr. Romney has won a news cycle. Great. Now the troops of good government, health, labor, education, social security, women's health and freedom, minority rights, fair immigration, Green Science and others down the line will be fired up. Complacency was setting in. Now, it is over.

     Mr. Obama said, "We are the ones we have been waiting for." - not he. Only a reckless commander gets ahead of his army. Last night Mr. Romney got way ahead of his, on almost every issue. - The R's and cons will be going nuts. - He showed the world he has played them for 'the fooled'. The smart ones are furious.
     The incumbent took the predictable, thrashing and whining from Mr. Romney, like a man.  Unlike Mr. Romney he knows, The President is not a king or a brash rich and all powerful CEO, snowing and dictating to a compliant board of directors. Criticism is part of the democratic process.
       To the trained eye the incumbent showed a confidence in his team and a warm knowledge of the good sense and clear eyes of the American people.
    Mr. Romney was brilliant in putting Barrack Obama in his place, - President Of The United States of America.    

* Ed. Note tweaked a bit and re posted

Originally posted to empireport on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 03:16 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Needs a little editing (0+ / 0-)

    I think you've got something interesting to say here, but it's a little hard to parse-- starting with the title. I'm not familiar with the term 'whinning'. I thought you might mean 'whining', but even then it's not quite clear.

    "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

    by Demi Moaned on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 09:09:42 AM PDT

  •  did you see rachel last night (0+ / 0-)
  •  Fwiw the Rand poll saw an uptick yesterday. (0+ / 0-)

    Obama back up to 50 and Romney down to 44.

  •  I hope you are right, but I would not bet on it (0+ / 0-)

    the idea that Biden will "take Ryan to school" is questionable.  Maybe you can explain why Biden is a superior intellect or debater than Ryan.  Look, Biden is a good guy, he cares a lot, but I don't see where he is a mismatch for Ryan.

    I personally don't see why Obama kept Biden on other than loyalty and a desire to not look like he needed to clean house.  Certainly Biden, in his advanced age, is not the second best Democrat around.  

    I hope Joe fires hard, but be certain Ryan will respond.  This has nothing to do with honesty, a big heart, or kindness, this is politics.  Biden could best Ryan, but I am not counting on it.  

    In the end, it is up to Obama to bring it next time, Joe is not likely to bail him out.  Also, people don't watch politics as closely as we do, they won't get 60,000,000 viewers for the VP debate.  Also, the most problematical issue of the last debate is the early voting.  I am surprised people on not mentioning that fact.  It is a long wait until the next presidential debate, it can't get her soon enough.

  •  I agree Romney (0+ / 0-)

    left a lot on conservatives holding the bag.  When your hero abandons all you stand for, that can be deflating.  

  •  Bringing up the 47% would have been dumb. (0+ / 0-)

    That's all people had been talking about for 3 weeks.

    Any idiot knew that Romney would have a rehearsed response on that one to finally put it behind him.

    Let him get his straight lines from Hannity, not the Prez.

    Repubs started up the car, hit the throttle and sent it over the cliff, and now they're complaining that the black guy hasn't fixed it fast enough.

    by Bush Bites on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 05:00:11 AM PDT

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