Facts clear but not vote outcome
The debates are over! Having watched them all, and having been subjected to all the major talking points (as determined by whatever outlet one watches) far more than was needed, I’m glad they are over.
So, who won? Except for the first one, in which President Obama clearly got his fanny kicked (even his supporters won’t argue that), who won depends on who one asks. What isn’t disputable is Romney’s decisive victory in the first debate propelled his campaign — and changed the polling numbers significantly — and the successive debates didn’t take away those gains.
The Biden/Ryan debate is largely forgotten (not that they were very important anyway), except for Biden’s rude and immature behavior. Actually, Obama had a few “Biden” moments himself, being disrespectful and condescending in remarks toward Romney (who kept his composure and was a gentleman). Obama also won the “fact checker” award for the most prevarications and exaggerations.
Regardless of all the speeches, debates, TV ads etc, looking at the facts we are left with as a result of the last four years should make this election a slam dunk for Romney, but that’s not the case.
Polling shows a tight race, and the reasons for that are troubling, or should be. It seems there are a lot of folks who aren’t paying much attention (apathy), others who place party above country and others who are worried only about losing “freebies” and couldn’t care less about anything else.
This is the most important election since Reagan/Carter. Anyone who doesn’t recognize that is ... well, describe them as you see fit.