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Thursday, October 4, 2012
Romney's razzle dazzle won the battle; will he win the war?
Mitt Romney roared into Denver and razzle dazzleda subdued, listless, and irritated President Obama…who did
not have his macho on.It is too early
to see if Romney’s glitz moved the needle in any of the battleground states,
but it could have happened.The only
bright note for Democrats was when one of the local stations interviewed a panel of
undecided voters post debate and asked if they
had decided to support one candidate over the other.Not one hand went up.Maybe, just maybe, they saw through Romney's stellar performance and recognized Romney’s lack of specifics and illogic .
Romney came equipped with two pre-emptive strikes designed to blunt points they expected Obama to raise.:One concerned that 5 trillion dollar tax break for the wealthy, in addition
to the 1 trillion extension of the Bush tax break, and the additional 2
trillion dollar unsolicited gift to the military.How was this supposed to be paid for, which ones, by what, and by how much? That's Bill Clinton's math point...the best part of the Democratic Convention afterglow . It's the addition, stupid. The fact checker on CNN automatically gave points
to Romney for speaking the truth and took the governor’s word for
it that he would pay for it by closing unspecified, unquantified tax loopholes,
makingthe whole exercise revenue
Now wait a minute. That was not only what Romney neutralized.He neutered his own economic theory. Aside from the point Obama raised that there
were not enough wealthy’s and corporate’s loopholes that could be closed to add up to the breaks , there was a fatal
flaw to Romney’s proposal.Romney’s argument is that the wealthy and big business get more
money to spend on creating jobswhich would
trickle down to the masses, increasing revenue. If their tax breaks are given
by one hand and taken away by the other hand that cuts out their corporate loopholes, what’s left to
Romney's other preemptive strike was to continue parts of Obamacare that were
popular for the already insured. Notice though, he
did not present a plan to pay for such niceties.
Obama did score one point: He called out Romney’s
promise tocover pre-existing conditions as a deception. The fatal
flaw in logic was that Romney wanted to leave it up to states without making
them do it or giving them the wherewithal to pay for it themselves.Obama did score a point by noting only those
who already had prior coverage under Romney's proposal he made before the debate would qualify thanks to current laws and those who never could qualify before would never be able to qualify for coverage.
Neither Romney and nor Obama
addressed making insurance affordable to those who cannot afford it .That was one of
Obama’s missed opportunities and it was a point that was central to the main purpose of Obamacare.. The material was there. Romney before the debate had
said his plan was status quo for for the currently uninsured : dump them in the ER.
The biggest surprise of all was that Obama left his best guns holstered...Romney's dissing of the 47% who got any government assistance, including Social Security and Medicare, and on women's issues. Why? That was dumb, dumb, dumb. Obama had a great chance to put Romney on the defensive by and he did not do it.
Obama responded by stumbling into the rebuttal points.The worst was backing into his rebuttal to the “death
panels” charge that a 15 member Obamacare panel would dictate
coverage.After wasting time by muddling
through an answer that the panel would recommend best practices, he left seniors unreassured and wondering if that still meant denial of their coverage. Obama finally hit on the answer when he noted that the law forbad the panel from
denying coverage,but it was lost in his rambling paragraph and delivered as an after thought.. At least he got Romney to admit his plan used vouchers and that could be the deciding factor that loses the GOP some votes from seniors.
Obama never challenged Romney on the lack of details at the time Romney made each assertion . Instead, Obama lumped a group of Romney's positions and challenged them by pointing out the detail deficit. This was made less
effective because, he delivered with no
vigor and never repeated it again.
Oh yes. Romney specified one cut :he would kill off Big Bird by yanking funding from public
Does this mean Romney will win the war? Not if Obama uses his big guns on women's health, the 47%, and Medicare and puts Romney on the defensive in the future.