Morning Briefing: October 17, 2012
by Jen Green
It was a draw.
And by “draw” I mean Mitt Romney really lost. He lost a golden opportunity to put the nail in the Obama campaign’s coffin. Since the primary subject matter of this second Presidential debate was the economy and jobs and Obama’s record is abysmal on both, Romney should have been able to blow this one out of the water.
Instead, he continued to accept the premise of the President’s arguments, he pandered to women, he pandered to illegals, he showed his weakness on gun rights and health care, and worst of all, he whiffed on the softball of all softball questions on Libya. He could have hit a walk-off shot on that one alone, but instead, he balked.
So a draw.
Obama lied on Libya and came off smelling like a rose. I know–conservatives across the country were screaming at their TV’s, but the fact is, the mainstream media will consider the question asked, answered, and put to bed since Romney fumbled his opportunity on this as badly as he did. It was almost as though he was so ready and so overprepared on this question, that when the time came to take the swing, he psyched himself out of it.
Obama was much stronger last night than he was in the first debate. At times he was downright combative. In fact, both candidates went after their “equal time” like a couple of single gals after the bride’s bouquet. A fairly ineffective Candy Crowley feebly attempted to keep things on track, but we ended up hearing far too much “My turn, NO MY turn” from the candidates and not enough from the “uncommitted” voters in the town hall at Hofstra University.
And in case you didn’t see her eventual retraction, she helped Obama lie on Libya and his response to it. This Breitbart article explains the Rose Garden presser very well and puts the statement at question in its full context. In a word–Obama lied and Crowley backed him up. But, now she’s singing a different tune . . . too little too late.
We knew it would be this way, though. As I pointed out on the show last night, aliens from outer space could have looked at the list of debate moderators for this election cycle and predicted gross bias for the administration. Why did the Republicans accept them? Why does the GOP constantly put itself into these situations and then claim victim status?
So now, Obama will be painted as the “comeback kid.” The story was probably written before the first word was even spoken last night. The MSM is happy again, Chris Matthews is tingling, and the fine folks at Fox News are spinning like mad little spiders.
The question is–did this move the needle for the undecided voters? Will this change the numbers in the swing states? We’ll see.
The third and final debate is Monday, October 22nd in the key state of Florida. The topic is foreign policy.