Not much time right now but a quick word on 'The Debate'. I had a bad night last night and lying awake I stuck my radio ear-piece in my ear and caught the last hour of it. It should have been stopped on grounds of needless cruelty! Obama was hopeless and Romney was 'Slick Willy' personified. I have just had a very quick look at the immediate re-actions of the MSM 'over there' and even they, through gritted keyboards, have been forced to admit that Obama crashed. You may remember my post on 'The Think Tank' , a group of mostly elderly, middle-class, black Chicagoans who meet regularly at their local coffee shop and whose street-level gossip contained some very interesting insights. Amongst them was their conviction, based on some vague connections to Obama's mother-in-law, that the Obama family are already planning their post-presidential retreat back to Hawaii. Mere gossip, I thought, but amusing - until I read that arch liberal, Andrew Sullivan, this morning:
There are two more debates left. I have experienced many times the feeling that Obama just isn't in it, that he's on the ropes and not fighting back, and then he pulls it out. He got a little better over time tonight. But he pulled every punch. Maybe the next two will undo some of the damage. But I have to say I think it was extensive. (My emphasis)
But Sullivan's opening paragraph which he blogged in real time as he watched the TV is absolutely devastating:
10.31 pm. Look: you know how much I love the guy, and you know how much of a high information viewer I am, and I can see the logic of some of Obama's meandering, weak, professorial arguments. But this was a disaster for the president for the key people he needs to reach, and his effete, wonkish lectures may have jolted a lot of independents into giving Romney a second look.
Obama looked tired, even bored; he kept looking down; he had no crisp statements of passion or argument; he wasn't there. He was entirely defensive, which may have been the strategy. But it was the wrong strategy. At the wrong moment.
The person with authority on that stage was Romney - offered it by one of the lamest moderators ever, and seized with relish. This was Romney the salesman. And my gut tells me he sold a few voters on a change tonight. It's beyond depressing. But it's true.
I said it before and I will repeat it, unless they find Mitt in bed with a boy scout Obama is dead man walking!
ADDITIONAL: And lest you doubt me, 'The Kraut' spells it out:
I thought Romney won and Romney won big, he won by two touchdowns. You know, when a challenger just steps up on the stage that already gives him stature. But when he performs the way Romney did, I think it really changes things. It doesn't change the game, but it changes the momentum.