The Empty Chair Showed Up
There should be little surprise at the results of 2012's first presidential debate. What the heck else was Obama going to do or say?! This is what happens when you have to run on your sorry record. This is what happens when there is no teleprompter. This is what happens when you don't have the mainstream media to run cover for you. Chris Matthews essentially said as much, when, in his post-debate tantrum he asked, "Tonight wasn't an MSNBC debate tonight, was it?"
In the 2008 campaign, Obama had no such concerns. There was little for his critics to point to. He stormed through the campaign elevated by his lofty rhetoric. Isn't ironic that one of the most repeated criticisms of Romney is his lack of details on the issues, when in 2008, running on his autobiography and a couple of speeches, Americans elected as President the least experienced man to ever have held the office?
Last night's debate, and for that matter, the last three-and-a-half years, are the results of having an amateur in the White House. Romney, with his successful business and political career, distinguished himself well last night and help paint a clear contrast between the two campaigns. More of this will be necessary as there is little doubt that the mainstream media, as they have managed to do for the last several years, will now attempt to clean up this mess by Obama.
Trevor Grant Thomas; At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason; www.trevorgrantthomas.com