Something to ponder…on the morning after.
A number of us were discussing the debate in the comments, you can find that here. But above is a pretty good summary of what we learned during the 90 minutes.
In all seriousness, I do think Romney explicitly talking about killing Big Bird (my language) was a mistake.
It was also a mistake for Romney to keep saying his Medicare plan wouldn’t apply to current seniors, only people younger than retirement age. Well, why not? If it’s such a great plan, why not make it apply to everyone? Romney’s admitting up front that his plan won’t be as good as the plan seniors currently get, otherwise he’d offer it to them. It was creepy.
And Romney saying he won’t raise any revenues at all, that it’s only tax cuts, is nuts. And it’s not the kind of thing the American people want. They like compromise. They want tax cuts AND revenue increases, and it’s not even clear they’re demanding tax cuts at all. But they certainly don’t want tax cuts alone.
Markos of DailyKos made an interesting point via Twitter as well:
Remember, a debate with no defining moments helps Obama. He is already winning. It’s Romney who needs to change dynamics.
The results of Wednesday night’s first presidential debate are in and it’s official: Mitt Romney won round one. He was aggressive, he was decisive, he delivered. Of course he also lied through his teeth for most of the debate.
- When he claimed that “pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan.” They’re not.
- When he said that President Obama had “cut Medicare by $716 billion to pay for Obamacare.” Obama didn’t.
- When he denied proposing a $5 trillion tax cut. He did.
- When he said President Obama had “added almost as much to the federal debt as all the prior presidents combined.” Not even close.
- When he resurrected “death panels.” That was called “one of the biggest whoppers of the night.”
- When he stated that half the green energy companies given stimulus funds had failed. Onlyif three out of nearly three dozen is half.
Stayed tuned. These just scratch the surface.
- Obama And Romney Clash In First Debate (news92fm.com)
- Video: Romney fights Obama on $5 trillion tax cut (cbsnews.com)
- Presidential debate, the good, the bad and the wonky (utsandiego.com)
- Video: Romney: “I love Big Bird,” but I’d cut PBS funding (cbsnews.com)
- Plenty of fire at the first presidential debate (news.yahoo.com)