During last night's debate, Barack Obama, the greatest man to have ever walked the face of the earth, went down in flames. Mitt Romney destroyed him in the first debate. As a political junkie, I have seen my share of debates; my favorite was Reagan/Carter in 1980, which Reagan won handily.
Yet, this was an even more impressive victory for Romney. He appeared to have everything over a petulant and unprepared opponent, who seemed to think -- as he does with all things, that his mere presence, the brilliance of his aura, would guarantee a victory -- that he was so much better than Romney that it would be easy -- that he didn't have to work for it -- didn't have to study.
When you spend 4 years with a compliant media, you never need to be well versed on policy and detail, and he assumed it would be the same last night. Obama thought he won before he walked in the door and was surprised that he would actually have to contend.
Talk about taking an opponent lightly, Obama acted as if he was going to be debating an empty chair -- not realizing for a moment, he was the empty chair.
Clint Eastwood is looking smarter and smarter by the day.
Running on empty, uninformed and without ideas for the future, Barack Obama lost the debate in a rout -- to a polite and insistent Mitt Romney who seemed to know every number and every statistic.
For the entire summer the President has been complaining that Romney has no plan, but last night, the 'man without the plan' was Barack. Not only that, but he seemed lost as well, almost tired (must be all that golf) -- and at times, every bit as petulant and thin-skinned as he is reputed to be. The President was ill-equipped, clueless and arrogant -- who wouldn't want another 4 years of that?
"Obama made a lot of great points tonight. Unfortunately, most of them were for Romney," tweeted comedian Bill Maher.
If you've lost Maher...
Instead, the President gave us " New Economic Patriotism" as a reason to spend and tax more, which is his plan for the future -- his plan for everything...it was sad. And if the man wasn't such an arrogant, nasty ideologue when the deck is stacked in his favor, I would feel sorry for him.
He didn't defend himself or his record and didn't have any new ideas, choosing instead to double down on more government, more spending -- and more of him.
Romney was forceful, energetic and informed -- Obama was disoriented, tired and lacking focus.
Romney controlled the pace and the discussion, while Obama looked, not like an incumbent, but a challenger. Michelle should sit Barack down and tell him that it is not 2008 anymore. He is the incumbent; he can't talk about the nation's suffering without people asking why he didn't do anything about it for 4 years.
Romney gave the country a 5-point plan for his first term. Obama? He gave the nation the famous Barack sneer and a whine about still having 5 seconds left on the clock.
Well, Mr. President, it seems your time has run out.