By: R.J. Moeller
It doesn’t matter if you’re Chris Matthews or Charles Krauthammer: the first presidential debate was a decisive victory for the challenger, Governor Mitt Romney. Although, to be fair, and gauging from Mr. Matthews’ reaction, I think “decisive” may be too weak an adjective.
So, with Chris' advice for President Obama that he should more closely follow the liberal media’s lead, let me paint a mental picture for you – just in case you didn’t watch or don't fully comprehend what it is that you witnessed for ninety minutes Wednesday night:
Romney was a line-backer who makes an open-field tackle on a supposedly-quicker quarterback for a huge loss, in part because Obama's lead blockers in the media weren’t allowed on stage with him.
Now let me show you what a picture of the mental picture I just painted looks like:
Not a fan of the NFL? That metaphor not doing anything for you?
How about this: Shock-polls late Wednesday night (from news sources such as CNN.com) had nearly 70% of viewers calling the debate in favor of Gov. Romney. Historically speaking, this is a land-slide. A crushing defeat like this, had it taken place in Ancient Rome, would have ended with Mitt Romney addressing the crowd with a Gladiator-like, “Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained?!?!”
Then, turning to Emperor Commodus-Lehrer, Mittimus would receive the signal that seals the fate of Barack the Younger.
Spoiler alert: Mitt won the debate. (Oops, spoiler alerts usually go at the beginning of a piece and typically aren't used at all two days after something happened.)
Do these things really matter? I think they do. People are busy and don't have time to follow the process as closely as they might like (or as closely as they probably should). All the American public has heard from the media the past six months is that Mitt is dumb and Mitt is weird and Mitt isn't presidential and Mitt is a fat-cat, 1%-er with a heart of stone. But you can't spin 90 minutes of un-filtered conversation and dialogue about the most important issues facing the nation. The media couldn't lie or manipulate what Mitt did on stage, and to the president, in front of more than 50 million people.
The truth is simple: Mitt Rommney isn't Ronald Reagan, but Barack Obama isn't Mitt Romney. The former governor of MA is better than Barack and would make a fine president.
Ya'll got a taste of that Wednesday night.
(Note: for a more serious review, check out my post today at Acculturated.com!)