Romney Gains Pyrrhic Victory in Debate

Mitt Romney won tonight’s first Presidential Debate fairly handily, I thought. He looked energetic, sounded smart, articulated well, and contrasted with a professorially desultory President Obama.

But I think Romney’s victory will prove more costly than its real long-term value for three reasons.

First, he all but abandoned the Right on their hot-button issues. He “moderated” his stance on regulation, on tax policy, on Obamacare, and several other topics so far that he came off sounding reasonable. Which the Tea Party will not tolerate.

Second, he lied while flip-flopping on his 18-month-old economic plan and claiming he doesn’t plan to implement any tax cut that increases the deficit.

Third, he came off like a bully in his shabby treatment of moderator Jim Lehrer and the rules of debate.


3 comments for “Romney Gains Pyrrhic Victory in Debate

  1. Steve
    October 4, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I thought Obama just got disgusted with the “debate” process at some point during the program and kind of dropped out. I don’t blame him, because Lehrer was inept as moderator. Here’s what I posted on my FB page:

    Tonight’s Presidential “Debate” was, for me, a total non-event. As much as I like and admire Jim Lehrer, I thought he did a terrible job as moderator — losing any semblance of “control” in the first few minutes. He was worse than an NFL replacement ref! The candidates were not penalized for even the most obvious infractions of the [debate] rules.

    Instead, the candidates were allowed to ramble on and on. It wasn’t so much a “debate” as parallel monologues with hardly anything new said — and much left unsaid. And…when Lehrer did ask direct questions, they were completely ignored. The American public deserves more than this….

    • Sandra N. Golden
      October 5, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      The News Room had the right idea on debates.

      • Dan Shafer
        October 5, 2012 at 8:34 pm

        That was a great clip and a great idea. One that will never see the light of day, but a good one nonetheless.