I don’t watch post-debate coverage. To me, it seems silly to let the pundits tell you how to process what was said. I’ll admit I was taken aback by how manic Romney was, and how feckless Jim Lehrer was. I don’t pretend to know if President Obama was playing the long game…but he looked tired, and Romney did not. That will matter to people. Do I think it changes much? Nope.
Still, I was disappointed that POTUS did little by way of offering a contrast, indeed he started (as he often does) by pointing out how parallel their policies are, when in fact, they are at best dissimilar, and often completely opposite. POTUS missed opportunities to point this out, and that was unfortunate. It is more important than ever to be clear about what is at stake, what a Republican vision is versus that of a Democratic vision. POTUS really didn’t do it.
On style, I’ve read this morning that POTUS seemed like the only adult in the room. Sorry, I disagree. Romney looked like an adult, it’s just that he looked like a manic, belligerent, and condescending adult. They exist, you know.
If I were advising POTUS (and thank your personal God I am not) I’d tell him to better prepare, to speak up, and, well, find his fangs a little. Romney opened the door for this. Go on and walk through it.
Let’s see what happens in Debate II.