Many thousands of words have been written since the debate last Wednesday. Much of the analysis insightful, some ludicrous, some almost depraved. But, now that the commentators and talking-heads have opined, I have reached several conclusions about the debate and its aftermath.
First, Obama confirmed the obvious: little can be offered to defend or explain away the utter failure of his policies of the last four years. Facts are facts, and no amount of spin and eloquence (or lack of it) will overcome the dismal economic arithmetic…millions out of work, pathetic economic growth, creeping inflation, etc.
For millions of Americans who aren’t political junkies, the debate, for the first time, dramatically spotlighted our country’s plight.
Next, the country observed Mitt Romney for the first time, not filtered or ‘interpreted’ by the mainstream media, his intellect and command of the facts obvious. Romney didn’t become one of those nasty private equity CEOs by being stupid, uninformed or swimming in vague generalities. He knew his stuff!
And, as for the precious likeability factor…to the surprise of millions who had been propagandized by the Obama campaign’s hate ads, Romney was not the devil reincarnate. No horns, no tail; not the guy who killed the wife of a disgruntled political operative posing as a grieving husband. Not the type guy who fires people for fun so he can buy a yacht.
Then we have Obama’s wretched debate performance, variously explained, excused and rationalized. However, for me at least, it clearly confirmed something I’ve long suspected: Obama just isn’t that bright.
Since 2007, we’ve been bombarded with media coverage attempting to convince us otherwise…remember, a liberal commentator at the time told us the presidency was a step down for one so intelligent; that the job was beneath Obama.
Perhaps the ‘fifty-seven states’ gaffe or the naval ‘corpesman’ remarks were simply brain burps…everyone in the public eye has those every now and then. However, in the debate, Obama’s glaring lack of awareness and/or understanding of the facts and figures reflected, at best, a second rate intellect or, at worst, an insulated, disinterested and dimwitted demagogue .
And, the excuses for Obama from the always entertaining left-wing buffoons…
It was the effect of the altitude in Denver. (But wasn’t for his acceptance speech in 2008)
Obama was overcome by the sheer quantity of Romney’s lies. (Lies, and damn lies)
Obama didn’t want to appear the angry black man. (No comment; don’t want to be called a racist)
Obama was on drugs. (Hmmm!)
Obama was lazy in his preparations (I buy that one.)
Obama was burdened and distracted by deeply troubling events transpiring in the Middle East. (Random camels in the desert: beware of drones delivering an October surprise!)
Obama was troubled by an impending campaign contributions scandal (I buy that one too.)
Obama was thrown off balance by the deeply racist connotations of Romney’s remarks about his five sons. (See third point above)
Obama’s own excuse: “The dog ate my prep notes and I ate the dog.” (Just kidding)
But, very seriously…
The irrational excuses offered by Obama’s supporters are shallow and nonsensical attempts to explain away disturbing realities: Obama is not the Messiah…he’s not a god; he’s not the smartest politician in the history of the planet. He’s not the long awaited progressive savior. He won’t lower the seas nor restore the planet.
Obama is an empty suit, a paper-mache fabrication of the left; a lifelong Marxist selected, groomed and funded by progressives; a man who stumbled into the presidency because of a perfect storm of war-weariness, a financial crisis, hollow platitudes and an inept opponent. He’s a shining example of Chicago political thuggery.
But, the façade has crumbled; the facts are there for all to see.
However, the question remains, will enough Americans care about the facts on November 6?