published Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Mitt Romney's convincing case

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    President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney meet family members after the third presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.
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This election's third and final presidential debate sat like a minefield in front of Mitt Romney. It was his opportunity to sneak through and realize the opportunity to take the election down to the wire with a reasonable chance of winning, or make a wrong move and realistically end his hope of becoming president.

After taking command of the economic policy discussion following the first debate and swinging the momentum of the election in his favor, Romney demonstrated that he was more capable of guiding the United States economy out of its malaise over the next four years than President Barack Obama. What was still unproven, though, was how prepared Romney would appear to address questions regarding the diplomatic and commander-in-chief aspects of the job compared to someone with on-the-job training.

As a result, this debate wasn't actually about foreign policy -- there's not a dime's worth of difference between Obama and Romney, anyway. Their almost identical answers on strategies regarding Iran, Afghanistan, Libya and Israel, for better or worse, proved that.

Instead, this debate was a test for Romney to prove whether he could appear knowledgeable and reassuring about foreign enemies and domestic threats, whether the American people would trust him with the lives of the members of our armed forces and, ultimately, whether he came across as "presidential."

The president has access to daily issue briefings, the greatest foreign policy minds in the world and up-to-the-minute intelligence updates that simply aren't available to a challenger. As a result, it wasn't reasonable to expect that Romney could "win" this debate -- whatever winning a debate means, given that the nature of assessing a debate is subjective and perverted by biases and party loyalties. On Monday night, Romney only needed to hold his own, prove that he was knowledgeable and prepared, and leave Americans with the feeling that he would make a trustworthy commander-in-chief. On each of those counts, Romney unquestionably passed with flying colors.

Over the past month, Romney has done what few expected. He has turned this election from a very likely blowout, into a barnburner. After Monday night, barring unforeseeable gaffes in the next dozen days, it is now possible -- if a few states fall just right -- for Romney to become the President of the United States.

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tipper said...

Which Mitt Romney are you referring to? Even if it is now possible for Romney to become president, supporters of both parties will be in limbo because no one knows where Romney comes down on almost every issue. He talks about jobs and government can't create jobs yet he wants to give $2 trillion to the military to build more warships and warplanes. I'd say that's proving government does create jobs, it just depends where your priorities lie. Five-point economic plans that are defined only by having five points. His platform on social issues can't be enumerated, and he is taking extreme heat on them. We've moved from his chest-pounding foreign policy in a matter of a week to a hugging "me too" strategy. And most importantly, his total lack of association with most Americans and their economic concerns is appalling.

If Romney is elected the first thing you will see is a lockup of the economy and a refusal to spend and invest because of his waffling on all economic issues important to the young, middle-aged, and seniors. It will take months if not years to get a line on this guy and an administration surrounded by hawkish neo-cons, one-percenters, and right-wing extremists. There is nothing this man has in common with the majority of America and where we are in the 21st Century.

October 24, 2012 at 2:25 p.m.
bret said...

On the contrary, Romney proved he was not ready for the job of Commander-in-Chief. He was often confused and uninformed throughout the debate, at one point claiming that Syria was Iran's "path to the sea." I guess his staffers didn't tell him that Iran has two coasts and does not even border Syria. The third debate showed in very clear terms why John McCain picked Sarah Palin over Romney for his VP in 2008. Palin has a far better knowledge of foreign policy than Romney does.

October 24, 2012 at 7:10 p.m.
CathyB3 said...

So, women who are raped must bear their rapist's baby. This is going to far, Mr. Romney!

October 25, 2012 at 12:39 a.m.
CathyB3 said...

Wait, wait a minute...

Romney’s endorsed a man who has said a victim of rape must accept that it’s “something that God intended to happen,” but stands by him after Mourdock refuses to apologize or retract his statement.

October 25, 2012 at 12:55 a.m.
nucanuck said...

As a govenor, Romney's policies were liberal. As a primary candidate Romney's policies were far right, even extreme. Now as a possible next president, Romney is sounding pretty much like Obama.

Whoever wins is likely to continue to be under the control of big banking and the military industrial complex. That's where the real power is and is likely to remain.

We are all just potential collateral damage for the power elite and trans-national corporations who pull the strings. Presidents work for them, not for us.

And you think that your vote counts?

October 25, 2012 at 1:47 a.m.
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