It’s the Morning After the First Debate, and I’m Giddy

Wow!  I’m giddy.  I was surprised and thrilled by Gov. Romney’s performance in last night’s debate (Oct. 3).  I watched the debate with 7 other Conservatives, time-delayed by a Tivo box so that we could halt the action and toss in our own comments.

Several of us were apprehensive at the outset, but by the end of the debate we had worked ourselves into a frenzy of excitement, shouting “Yes! Yes! Yes!” as he pounded home those key points that free-market, limited-government, fiscal-responsibility Conservatives have been trumpeting for years.

Now I have to confess.  I had no idea that Gov. Romney had this in him.  Sure, he’d had some brief flashes on the campaign trail, and his style turned for the better after naming Paul Ryan as his VP.  But like many Conservatives, I feared the Governor was just the next-in-line Establishment Republican candidate — doomed to be another gracious loser.

I’m still absorbing what I saw & heard, and I’ll have to go through the whole debate again, but I do remember Romney’s first home run of the evening (for me) when he pointed out the immorality of the debt we are piling on the backs of our children.  As I’ve written in the past (herehere, and here for example), we are effectively selling them into a modern-day version of debt bondage.  At last we have a candidate who leads with that point against all those “compassionate” Democrats, the people who supposedly “care”.

As for Obama’s own performance, a repeated interjection among my friends was “He’s flailing, he’s flailing!”.  Time and again he reached back for his standard campaign talking points, sometimes well off-topic, and he was visibly shell-shocked when Romney put them down emphatically, with compelling refutation points, nicely bulleted and driven home like nails in a coffin (puns intended).

If you can watch the debate again, keep an eye on Obama’s upper jaw near his left ear as he stares down at his podium.  One of our friends spotted it first.  You’ll see a light spot come and go as he visibly clenches and unclenches his teeth. This man is used to adulation and acquiescence, not reasoned confrontation.  Bound up in his Leftist ideology and surrounded 24/7 by sycophants and a fawning, collaborative media, he was totally unprepared to defend his indefensible record. He spent much of the evening staring down at that podium as if being scolded by his school master.

Obama will be better prepared at the next debate, and Romney will have to guard against over-confidence.  But I’m no longer worried.  Obama’s hand is incredibly weak — almost everywhere, he’s holding a pair of deuces against Romney’s full house.  And Romney’s better at the game — much better.

Of course, the election ain’t over ’til it’s over, and the Obama machine, the Great American Left, and the Democrat Media Complex won’t go gently into the night.  But we have ourselves a candidate in Mitt Romney, and I have a new-found confidence that he and his staff might just run this campaign right across the finish line going away, and leading by several lengths.

Then, the long hard path to recovery begins.

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  1. Obama should fire Kerry! He missed a big opportunity when Romeny brought up his Accountant.

  2. Not Kirk Adams says

    If we had Romney as our presidential nominee instead of McCain in 2008, we would not be in such a mess as we are in now. And guess who McFlake backed in the 2008 primary? It wasn’t Romney!

  3. As an Obama supporter, I have to say Romney obviously won the debate. But part of it was that he moved left and sounded more moderate — more like the moderate, somewhat liberal he used to be in Massachusetts. Look at what the Governor said: Tax cuts under a President Romney? On the whole, really wouldn’t be any. Government regulation? Good for business. President Obama’s education policies? Lots to like there. Mr. Obama’s health care plan? Would keep some of its key provisions. Work with Democrats? Sure, he did it as governor in Massachusetts.

    Gov. Romeny made me feel more secure that a Romney presidency wouldn’t be very scary. He would govern as a center-right moderate, looking for consensus.

    • Conservative American says

      I don’t think that Mitt Romney is in any danger of being considered “Conservative”, Richard. He’s to the right of Obama but that is pretty easy to do without going to any great lengths. 😉

      Aside from issues with Obama himself, there are HUGE issues with those whom he has chosen to fill positions of great responsibilty in his administration. Change presidents and we get a change in those players!

      Eric Holder! If not the worst certainly one of the worst DOJs in history under his leadership.

      Janet Napolitano! Nothing but problem after problem with the manner in which DHS has been run under her leadership.

      Hillary Clinton! She was entierly unqualified to serve as Secretary of State and her dealings with the U. N. and the situation in Libya have highlighted why she should not be in that position.

      Then, of course, there is likely to be at least one retirement from the Supreme Court in the next four years. Given Obama’s track record with SCOTUS, I wouldn’t want to see him nominate someone to the court who reflects his legal thinking or his legal thinking as represented by Eric Holder’s DOJ.

      I think that neither Conservatives nor Liberals will be entirely happy with Romney which would seem to indicate that he is a centrist. His saving grace will be making progress on jobs and the economy, something which I think he can do because of his involvement with and understanding of the business world.

      The far left won’t be happy with Romney but the far left isn’t happy with Obama either! I don’t expect Romney to do anything earth shaking. I think he will be a “nut and bolts” president strongly focused on economic issues. That is what Obama should have done but failed to do and that is the principal reason why Obama is in trouble now.

      • A year from now, this blog will be attacking President Romney all the time, I predict.

        • I don’t think many would disagree with your prediction, but the alternative is:

        • Conservative American says

          I’m sure you’re right about that, Richard, because the “establishment” Republican machine makes certain that no one who is very Conservative gets to be the Republican presidential nominee. That having been said, with Obama and his administration gone, a lot of NEGATIVES will be gone. When Romney is in the White House we will be bitching about precisely how to go about making things better whereas with B. Hussein Obama in the White House we are concerned with how to keep things from getting even worse! 😉

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