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Rarely has a debate changed the course of an election. Last night as I watched Romney have a great performance and provide and almost perfect contrast to the President’s lackluster performance, I wondered if this might be one of those elections. There were a few sound bites and a couple zingers thrown about. But for the most part, it was simply the general impression everyone was left with. Romney seemed eager, excited and in command of facts, figures, and those details Obama has always accused him of not having. In stark contrast, Obama, as if he did not know he was on a split screen, appeared disinterested and just disengaged at many times. Looking down and just plain looking like he would rather be anywhere than where he was.
The facts, well we have looked through all of the pundits fact checking and it seems that no one really can say Romney had any big errors- yes, here and there are differences of opinion, but no hard cold mistakes. All in all, it was exactly the performance Romney needed and may be a big missed opportunity for Obama.
I am surprised to see that basically the only litmus test for a candidate on women is abortion. It seems to me there are so many other issues important to women and to keep all the attention focused on a single item that is quite decided is a waste of effort and obvious pandering and fear mongering. Does anyone truly believe that Mitt Romney will take away your right to have an abortion? What path would he follow to overturn 20 years of court precedence including so many Supreme Court decisions? So with all the issues relating to women, why are we still talking about abortion more than all the other issues combined?
Obama is constantly touting his record on job creation, comparing it to what jobs were doing under Bush and saying how great he is compared to that. Well, when we look at the numbers if he created 5 million jobs and poverty has increased dramatically under his watch, then the only conclusion is that these jobs he created were low paying jobs that left those workers below the poverty line.
I hear lots of people predicting the President will cruise to re-election. It is hard to unseat an incumbent. But as we look back at the primary season, we look at Obama’s big gamble, and see it did not pay off- he has a very steep climb to get re-elected. Why, because of the money thing. Obama outspent McCain 3 to 1 in order to win last time. Now, so far he has outspent Romney by a similar margin. The problem is, he was hoping to bury Romney so deep he could not dig out, that has not happened. And now, Romney can spend freely since he is officially the nominee. Romney is in a position to easily outspend Obama from her until the election. So given that Obama could only keep the race close or show a very slim lead when outspending his opponent, it is hard to imagine Romney will not pull ahead when he is able to outspend the President by a wide margin.
Obama has been very quick to take credit for killing Bin Laden. But a new book being released next week makes the claim that Obama got cold feet and backed out of the raid 3 times before the successful raid that killed him. It depicts Secretary of State Clinton as the backbone that got the job done. Guess she was right about the red phone at 2 in the morning- good thing he let her answer it this time!!!