Some random thoughts on the third presidential debate.
1. Obama won. CNN’s poll indicates that undecided voters thought so too. 48% Obama, 40% Romney.
2. Romney once again lied his way throughout the entire debate – a feat only capable by a man with the ethical convictions of a slug.
3. Where were the tough followup questions? Note to future presidential debate organizers: more Martha Raddatz type moderators and fewer dinosaurs like Lehrer and Schieffer.
4. Romney let the Taliban know that he intends to pull out of Afghanistan by 2014. This is the same Romney who last February said the following about the President. “I think the biggest mistakes he’s made in Afghanistan were one, announcing the specific date we would withdraw.”
5. Romney’s obvious strategy tonight was to come off as a commander-in-chief who any suburban mom would feel comfortable with. All that neo-con-ish crap of the last many months was not visible tonight. The New Mitt now wants a “peaceful planet”. The guy who supported the war in Iraq and believes that there should still be American troops in that country said this last night, “We don’t want another Iraq. We don’t want another Afghanistan.” The guy is a black-belt bullshitter.
Romney was in no mood for a fight and for the most part, spent the night agreeing with the President’s foreign policy. Best analogy from the talking heads describing the Romney debate plan was that of a boxer who believes he’s ahead on points so he spends the last couple of rounds clinging to his opponent hoping to avoid an errant punch knocking him out. That was Romney last night.
6. Best line of the night was delivered by the President when he admonished Romney for being out of touch on how current warfare is conducted. Romney had stated that the Navy is smaller now than it was in 1917 which led the President to say:
We also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military has changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers and planes land on them. We have ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines.
Best response to the new horses and bayonets meme was the person who tweeted, “You guys realize that unicorns are basically horses with bayonets growing out of their heads, right?”
7. Romney was caught again with his pants down at his ankles over the government bailout of the automobile industry. Romney’s call for letting Detroit go bankrupt never happened…or so says the lying sleazebag.
Is there no lie too big for Mitt Romney to utter?
In summary, Mitt Romney walked out on that stage last night and reversed just about every position he’s held on foreign policy. Neo-cons be damned, Romney was now a man of peace.
Romney denied ever holding any positions other than those he now expressed. He spent the night pretty much parroting Obama’s foreign policy of the last four years. Iraq? Bad war. Afghanistan? Time to get out. Iran? Sanctions good. Osama bin Laden? We don’t need Pakistan’s damn permission. War? Bad. Peace and diplomacy? Good.
Sure, Mitt. Whatever.
Essentially, Mitt Romney made the decision that there are enough low-information Americans out there that he’d be able to pull off that stunt in all three debates. And he’s right. There are enough voters out there who either don’t care to get informed or who rely on propaganda and lie factories like Fox News to get their information.
Ignorance is a shyster’s best ally.
UPDATE (via Balloon Juice)
Sean Hannity :
“Some of our troops rode horses in Afghanistan and the Marines still carry bayonets. Maybe someone should tell the President how the military actually works.”
Oh my. And our friends on the right get offended when we point out that the average Fox News groupie is an ignoramus. How can they be anything other than a misinformed monkey after listening to the likes of Sean Hannity on a daily basis?