If political debates aren’t really your thing (they’re not mine either), you may not have been watching last night’s first presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in Denver. Convinced that the media would proclaim Obama the winner, no matter what went on, I couldn’t bring myself to watch it. I waited until it was almost over, and then got on the internet to see what was being said. To my surprise, even some liberal media types thought Romney cleaned Obama’s clock.
Live, and without a teleprompter, Obama, according to his #1 fan Chris Matthews on MSNBC said he showed up “unarmed” and that he was “enduring the debate rather than fighting it.” His recommendation to the president was that he should watch more MSNBC. I agree. Watching Chris Matthews every day could drive a person to insanity, therefore making him mentally unprepared for the rest of the debates.
The New York Times was also critical: “We all know that Obama is capable of stirring oratory, but in the first debate he failed to deliver. The guy with the weaker case made the stronger statement, falsehoods and all, and that is a dangerous thing to allow so close to Election Day.’ Please keep in mind that what’s called a “falsehood” in the NYT opinion pages in the real world is usually known as “the truth”.
Even left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore was unhappy as he tweeted: “This is what happens when u pick John Kerry as your debate coach”. Ouch.
There were some strange excuses from media spin doctors as to why Obama wasn’t up to par. Everything from “he hasn’t debated in four years” to “he’s holding back for the other debates.” The best excuse– and the most outlandish—came from none other than Nobel Prize winner and self-proclaimed climatologist Al Gore. As he tends to do, he relates everything back to the environment in Colorado, namely, the high altitude. He said, “Obama arrived in Denver at 2 p.m. today, just a few hours before the debate started. Romney did his debate prep in Denver. When you go to 5,000 feet, and you only have a few hours to adjust. I don’t know… Maybe.” Yes, Obama was light-headed and confused due to the altitude change…and maybe the temperature at the center of the earth really IS “millions of degrees”, as Algore once claimed. You really need to watch him as he makes the case. (CLICK HERE)
Speaking of vice presidents, Joe Biden proved that old adage that says, “Even a stopped clock is right twice a day”. Biden stumbled into a bit of truth when he told a crowd on the campaign trail earlier this week that the middle class has been “buried” for the last four years. “This is deadly earnest, man. This is deadly earnest,” Biden said. “How they can justify — how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that’s been buried the last four years. How in the Lord’s name can they justify raising their taxes with these tax cuts?”
First of all, you should never trust any elected official who uses the word “man” as much as he does, as if he were a strung-out old hippie at a Woodstock revival. But he was right in that the middle class has been buried, but whose hands have been holding the shovel, Joe? Perhaps he should keep that shovel close at hand for next week when he has his one and only debate with V.P. candidate Paul Ryan in Kentucky. He might need it to dig a hole for himself so he can crawl into it and hide. That’s one debate I may actually watch.
For his part, Romney was able to use old Joe’s “buried” line in making his case that Obama has hurt the economy, especially for the middle class. I’m sure Biden didn’t plan to assist his opponent in the debate, but he may have.
Two more presidential debates remain. Sarah Palin warned, “Chicago will strike back”. She’s probably right. But will The Force be with Mitt, or will the lower altitudes in New York state and Florida prove friendlier to Mr. Obama? We’ll soon find out.