Not sure I've ever been so glued to the TV to watch a political debate. I watched the last Presidential debate between Obama and McCain, but I don't remember it being as impacting as the one from last night. Maybe I was just fascinated with the prospect of the first black president. Anyway, Romney was certainly energized. You could see that. He was eager to set the record straight from HIS perspective. And President Obama seemed completely out of it with his missing teleprompter. To be honest, I found him boring, rambling, avoiding the points Romney made, and forcing me to zone out.
What I thought was interesting was that President Obama kept telling the audience what Mitt Romney was going to do if he was elected (which Romney repeatedly denied on stage), but he never told the audience what his plan was. It was as if he thought the status quo was okay, and that any change Romney suggested was just bad policy...simply because he [Obama] thought so. Sure he said there were independent studies done, but he failed to mention which study he was talking about. Another revelation for me was the annual amount of tax credits President Obama has given the green industry (90+ billion), yet he insisted it was the 2.8 billion in tax credits that the fuel companies were receiving that were first and foremost on cutbacks. If I were Romney, I would have said..."Okay, so lets take the green industry 90+ billion and the fuel industry 2.8 billion and together, we just saved 92.8 billion dollars! How's that for bi-partisanship?" Kind of reminds me of the scene from that movie Dave (do you remember that one!?) where Kevin Kline asks his accountant friend Charles Grodin to come to the White House with his pad and pencil to reduce the budget. It really was that ridiculous for me last night. I'm not a political junkie by any means, but my Aunt loved that movie and made me watch it a hundred times.
Today the mainstream media is saying Romney won the debate because President Obama wasn't on his "A Game" and Romney lied. Now I'm not sure how Romney lied, when he was talking about our current economy and basically laying out HIS plan for a new direction. I would have liked to hear President Obama do that, too. Besides the 4 billion in fraud and waste the President claimed he stopped (sounded vague to me like his 2008 claim of SAVING millions of jobs with the stimulus) he didn't tell us anything positive about his term in office or for that matter why we should give him a second term. I remember President Obama making a statement back in 2008 where he said if you can't run on your own record, attack your opponent. I hope his words aren't coming back to haunt him.
Now on to the Vice Presidential debate. Biden should make it fun since he's not the sharpest dude...his comments can be so stupid, like "stand up and take a bow" to a man in a wheelchair. And "they're gonna put y'alll back in chains" and "Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive". Guess he conveniently forgot about Al Qaeda. And then Ryan, the P90X dude, who's going to talk about budget and more health care reform. Jeez can't they ever talk about solutions. Not just walk around the issue!?
I found myself thinking this was like a ping-pong game last night. It was the same conversation for 2 hours. At least Romney showed some BALLs and actually had a position!
Let me know how you guys felt.