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.
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 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.