First Debate Falls Flat

Everyone is opining on last night’s presidential debate and I feel compelled to add my 2 cents.

I didn’t have a sense that Romney won the debate as some claim, I felt as though the debate fell flat on many levels and was out of control on others. Jim Lehrer gave Romney the floor, continuously, and allowed him to run rough shot throughout the debate. Some folks may call that winning, I don’t. I call it stealing the show… or stealing the debate.

The fact checkers have been busy all day checking the facts from the debate. Paul Krugman’s points about Romney’s fudging of the facts rang completely true to me:

[…]the fact is that everything Obama said was basically true, while much of what Romney said was either outright false or so misleading as to be the moral equivalent of a lie.

Above all, there’s this:

MR. ROMNEY: Let — well, actually — actually it’s — it’s — it’s a lengthy description, but number one, pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan.

No, they aren’t. Romney’s advisers have conceded as much in the past; last night they did it again.

I guess you could say that Romney’s claim wasn’t exactly a lie, since some people with preexisting conditions would retain coverage. But as I said, it’s the moral equivalent of a lie; if you think he promised something real, you’re the butt of a sick joke.

And we’re talking about a lot of people left out in the cold — 89 million, to be precise.

I think Jonathan Chait completely called in the New Yorker today: Romney’s Successful Debate Plan: Lying. A full transcript of the debate is available here, in case you missed it.

I found the entire debate painful to watch, particularly the rather odd behavior I detected in Mitt Romney. I felt he was jumpy, shifty, and edgy through the debate, like a man hyped up on something… One Facebook friend suggested adderall in comment.

There is no doubt, regardless of Romeny’s lie filled performance last night, that President Obama will need to come out stronger and harder in the next debate.

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2 Responses to First Debate Falls Flat

  1. Anna says:

    For all you Obama supporters (and even those on the fence) we encourage you to check out the film “The Obama Effect.” You can watch it on demand here: and or you can pre-order it on DVD here: It will be released on DVD on election day!

  2. Peace says:

    After this debate,how many times have you watched Biden and Ryan last night ? I fell asleep and awakened with it on this morning. Visualize and call Sat.Night Live for a little comic relief.Ryan with his widow’s peak is a perfect Dracula for Halloween. Ryan steps out all dressed up in a Dracula costume.”Biden,your economic policy is sucking the blood out of the American people.”I will bite your head off on economics as Ryan’s fangs explode and his Dracula cape flashes….Americans need jobs ! Vote Romney ! The O’l Irish dressed up pirate Joe responds,”It’s a bloody fight to the end.” House is Rockin… don’t bother knockin send Romney on in ! Booooo Obama and when the US starts eating horse meat for human consumption,you know we’ve hit economic rock bottom.S 1176 ! Now comes Hillary Clinton flying across the stage in costume riding a bike like the wicked witch of the West and the music from The Wiz plays.Hillary responds to Ryan as Dracula. “I’ll get you my little pretty and your little dog too.” What can we dress Obama and Romney as for Halloween ? Be creative and use your imagination but keep it in good taste and be politically correct.”Ease On Down The Road” and good luck with your pick for president and his VP.