Debate #3: The Statesman and the Community Agitator

Well, clearly Mitt Romney reads Seraphic Secret.

Yesterday we asserted that two foreign policy issues should dominate the final Romney-Obama debate: 1) The greatest threat to America’s national security is our failing economy. 2) A nuclear Iran.

Thus, Romney relentlessly hammered away at Obama’s failed economic policies, linking this with weakness overseas. Regarding Iran, Romney was measured and steady, explaining that the Iranians are four years closer to a bomb.

Obama was bellicose, condescending, and downright rude.

A political innocent who just happened to tune into the debate would peg Obama as the desperate challenger to Romney’s confident incumbent.

Obama kept trying to draw Governor Romney into a rumble, but Romney wisely declined. He focused on the forest, the big picture. Obama sank into the mud with gratuitous cracks and insults that only made the president look small and nasty.

The split screen was a lesson in the power of image-making.

As Obama attacked and baited, Romney maintained a neutral, poker-faced half-smile. Governor Romney looked pleasant, and non-threatening. This is not a war monger. On the other hand, Obama glowered, projecting aggression and undisguised contempt. Men in the audience probably had a few yuks, amused by Obama’s hostility. But most women are uncomfortable with Obama’s style which reminds them of ex-husbands and bad boyfriends who always interrupted, were right in every argument, insisting on having the last word.

Obama’s natural state is that of an Saul Alinsky agitator, a thug wrapped in a Brooks Brothers suit. Romney, on the other hand, is a mensch, a gentleman who’s seeking points of consensus and looking for ways to make things work.

From day one, Obama’s reelection strategy has been to demonize Mitt Romney, to paint him as a soulless robber baron who murders women with cancer. To achieve this goal the Obama-Chicago machine has spent hundreds of millions of advertising dollars. But that money has been wasted. Blown away by reality.

Obama tells whoppers about the economy. But in the end, he knows that we know that he knows his economic policies are a resounding failure.

Romney’s job has been to shatter the unflattering portrait painted by the Obama machine. Thus, in every debate, Governor Romney has proven to the American people that he is a decent, caring and capable man who understands that the business and enduring strength of America is free enterprise, and without jobs for millions of Americans this country will recede from the pages of history.

It was really quite shocking to hear Obama assert that we have to “rebuild this nation.” This from a man who has been POTUS for four years.

Even more shocking was Obama’s asserting: “…this nation, me.”

Say hello to Louis XIV: “L’état c’est moi.”

And I’m sure that the hundreds of thousands of men and women who serve in our Navy, and their families, are furious that their commander-in-chief made them obsolete with a rehearsed and unflattering comparison to horses and bayonets.

For Seraphic Secret, the debate’s most memorable moment came when Romney critiqued Obama’s appalling apology tour to the Muslim world.

Said Romney: “America has not dictated to other nations; we have freed other nations.”

Obama had no comeback. He just glared at Romney as if willing him to implode.

But it is Barack Hussein Obama who has imploded in the past few weeks. Obama has labored desperately to whip up his base with promises of free contraception and free abortions, whereas Romney has appealed to the independent and undecided voters in careful measured tones.

The momentum is clearly with Governor Romney.

The country has been presented with a stark contrast: Barack Hussein Obama, an angry, belligerent community agitator.

And Mitt Romney, a sober, accomplished statesman.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet President Romney.

P.S. Bob Scheiffer did a fine job.

P.P.S. Did you catch Michelle Obama’s outfit? That’s a custom tailored Thom Browne dress that goes for about $3,000.00. To paraphrase Mel Brooks: “It’s good to be queen.”

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  1. Miranda Rose Smith
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 5:02 am | Permalink

    Debbie Schlussel actually listened to Mitt Romney on the Middle East-and she doesn’t think much of him!!!!!

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    • kishke
      Posted October 24, 2012 at 6:38 am | Permalink

      Why am I not surprised?

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    • Jeremayakovka
      Posted October 24, 2012 at 7:39 am | Permalink

      Immigration and Islamism are Romney’s two most unknown unknowns….

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    • exdemexlib
      Posted October 24, 2012 at 8:56 am | Permalink

      Debbie Schlussel actually listened to Mitt Romney on the Middle East-and she doesn’t think much of him!!!!!

      She is too caught up in her angryness to see the big picture.

      Saying whatever she wants agains Romney, is totally appropriate before the nomination , and after the election, to try to get the best possible president to lead the country.

      Unless she wants Obama to be elected, (which no one would accuse her of), she could accomplish more by focusing on other issues before the election.

      I don’t read her site anymore because there is too much gratuitous bitterness, making up insulting nicknames (Sarah JessEquine Parker, Scamela Geller), inappropriate criticism of physical appearance,
      (she gratuiously ridiculed Michelle Malkin’s breast size, Pam Geller’s plastic surgery, calling republican candidates fat, and going totally over the top in her attacks on Sarah Palin.)

      Still, before wrting this, I felt I had to read what she actually wrote, so I checked her post. 

      She is wrong on simple facts and guilty of the omissions for which she criticizes others.  She neglected to mention that Romney visited Israel, and met with Netanyahu, and ignores the painfullt obvious difference in how Obama and Romney relate to Netanyahu.

      She interprets a potlitician’s circumspectness before an election, as a position statement.

      Hopefully, time will tell, and it will be clear that Romney is a much better friend to Israel than Obama.

      Be that as it may,  at least she refrained from any name calling and personal insults throughout the entire post,
      so maybe there is still hope for her.

      She has a good brain, and it would be a shame to have critics dismiss her (sometimes spot on) reasoning, by focusing on her bitter inappropriateness.

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  2. Jeremayakovka
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Obama doggedly defended his post-colonial, post-American worldview whereas Romney did not fully articulate an Exceptional 21st American Century. Obama thrust, Romney parried. Romney debated as if he’s aiming for 270 EVs instead of 300+ (I think he can win 300+).

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted October 23, 2012 at 11:47 am | Permalink


      I worry about Ohio and Wisconsin. If Obama takes the electoral votes of these two states, Romney will probably not be able to win. 

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      • Jeremayakovka
        Posted October 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

        He should win FL,NC,VA,CO. He might win OH,WI,NH,PA,IA. 

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        • Robert J. Avrech
          Posted October 26, 2012 at 2:27 am | Permalink


          From your mouth to you know who…

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  3. Bill Brandt
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    I’m embarrassed to say I fell asleep from 6:30 to 7:20- but nice summary, Robert. And you are right; bringing up Benghazi would have been a waste of time.
    And I would caution all of you out there that the only poll that matters is in 2 weeks. 
    Remember President Dewey!

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted October 23, 2012 at 10:09 am | Permalink


      By avoiding the verbal swamp of Benghazi and emphasizing the weak economy, Romney made sure that for the next two weeks the topic will only be Obamanomics. And that is exactly what we want.

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  4. Johnny
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Romney went against what Obama was prepared for and as a result Barry had to think on his feet – never a good option for one so dependent on a teleprompter.

     Everyone just knew Romney was going to jump on Obama with both feet over Libya and when he didn’t Obama couldn’t figure out how to spew his talking points he had so assiduously memorized. I expected steam to come out of his ears as he fought back a constant stream of uhhhs and ummms.

    Not how I would have done if I had been in Romney’s position but there you go. 

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted October 23, 2012 at 10:12 am | Permalink


      Yup, Romney has read and absorbed Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” advice: Attack where least expected.

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  5. GW
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    At the debate, one of the two candidates was confident and presidential. The other was President Obama.  

    I would not have followed the strategy that Romney followed, but that is why it is Romney and not me running for office.  It was, in its own way, an incredibly bold move by Romney.  Obama spent the last six months trying to portray Romney as a warmonger, yet found himself facing the second coming of Gandhi at the debate.

    I think Ann Romney can safely start measuring the drapes in the White House.  

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted October 23, 2012 at 10:15 am | Permalink


      In the opening minutes of the debate I was disheartened. But then as Obama smirked and interrupted and punched at the wind, I perceived Romney’s strategy. By Governor Romney’s closing statement I was elated.

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  6. Posted October 23, 2012 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    And, to top it off, bayonets are standard issue military equipment for the US Marine Corps.  Which, I do believe, means that there are far MORE bayonets in use than in Obama’s fantasy past…

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted October 23, 2012 at 10:16 am | Permalink


      I’ll doubt there are a dozen Marines who are voting for O after last night.

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  7. exdemexlib
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    The split screen was a lesson in the power of image-making.

    I watched the debate on ABC news.
    It appeared that Obama’s side of the split image, was considerably larger than Romney’s.

    Accidental ? Deliberate? 

    Don’t know that much about split screen discussions, but it would seem reasonable that the images should be as equal as possible.

    Obama’s head was quite noticeably larger than Romney’s.

    Was this the same on other channels?

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted October 23, 2012 at 10:19 am | Permalink


      I was watching on Fox and the images were the same size. They used to enlarge Dan Rather’s head when he became anchor to increase his gravitas. It only served to make him an object of ridicule.

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  8. Posted October 23, 2012 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    Romney followed his plan exactly and Obama played his role as foil. The “bayonets and horses” line will not endear him to the military, whose votes he is trying to suppress.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted October 23, 2012 at 6:42 am | Permalink


      Yes, Romney had a plan and Obama completely misread the plan. For instance, Obama was loaded for bear on Benghazigate, but Romney and his people understand that Obama is a shameless liar, thus it’s a waste of time arguing what everyone knows to be a major scandal and cover-up. Instead, Romney attacked the flank, and went for the apology tour. Obama was completely unprepared for this and that’s why he looked like a fool citing “journalists and fact checkers.”

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