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Post-Mortem Analysis: Why Romney Lost, Why Obama Won

It turns out that Obama’s ground game, was in fact, as good as they said it was. Supported by as negative and polemic a campaign as an incumbent ever ran.

by Scott L. Vanatter

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” A thousand pictures will be painted in post-election analysis. A thousand time over. Here’s one.

It takes a pretty good team to make it to the Super Bowl. Good and great players and coaches; an astute general manager and smart owner, scouts and staff. How the team deals with injuries and setbacks. Strength training and conditioning. Attitude, execution, an effective game plan — and a bit of luck. (Note: “Luck is what happens when Preparation meets Opportunity.”) [Read more...]

The Final Presidential Debate: Analysis & Commentary

by George Landrith

Post Debate Analysis:  Gov. Romney appeared to be the president and spoke about big themes and important issues. He was conversant on all the topic raised and clearly passed the “can he be the commander-in-chief test.  He also won the fact-checks on several key points of disagreement. Perhaps more importantly he appeared to be the guy with a lead.  Pres. Obama seemed to be the angry attacking challenger, not the president. At times he seemed petty and snarky. Many of his answers were “small ball” issues. His message wasn’t one of optimism.

The truth is Obama needed a big impressive win. He didn’t come close to that. The best you can say is that Obama won a close decision on points. But even that is a highly optimistic reading of the debate. But even if you believe Obama won in a close debate, Obama loses because he needed prevent Romney from being a reasonable alternative. He needed a knock-out — the sort of victory that Romney achieved in the first debate. Obama did nothing to change the momentum that has been favoring Romney for two weeks.

Romney needed only appear capable of being the Commander-in-Chief. He passed that test with flying colors. But Romney did more than that — far more than that. He made the case to Americans that he can be trusted to lead the nation. Romney went large. He was optimistic and his closing statement sounded Reaganesque. Obama went small and petty — even tiny. The contrast between Obama and Romney tonight was huge and it strongly favored Gov. Romney.

This debate will move more voters in Romney’s direction. That is why Romney won.

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10:33 p.m.  Romney’s closing statement was powerful. He looked and sounded presidential and positive. He reviewed the terrible economic losses of the past four years and explained how he will lead America back to strong and prosperous future. He made it clear he can work with folks in Washington, DC. He sounded positive and optimistic. It was a very strong ending for Romney.

10:31 p.m.  Obama’s closing statement is simplistic and focused on economic issues that he has already lost on. Plus, he devoted a large portion of it to simply attacking Romney. Not very presidential. His promise that he will always listen to our voices was weak — he didn’t listen to our voices on ObamaCare. He ignored the public’s disapproval which has been essentially constant. [Read more...]

Gas prices are up because of Obama’s offshore ban

gas-pumpby Phil Kerpen

In the Hofstra presidential debate, President Obama said: “when I took office, the price of gasoline was $1.80. Why is that? Because the economy was on the verge of collapse.” Wrong. Prices collapsed because we signaled to the world that we were finally moving forward with developing America’s massive offshore oil and gas resources — and they shot back up when Obama reimposed the offshore ban.

Obama’s ridiculous story that the doubling of gasoline prices under his watch is a result of economic recovery doesn’t fit the facts. [Read more...]

Obama has no idea how the economy works

If Obama Frownthe last four years were not convincing enough, President Obama proved during Tuesday night’s debate that he has no clue how the economy works. His stated economic proposals are nothing but reheated talking points from 2008, and they are as unrealistic now as they were then.

Despite his falsely professed faith in markets, the President shows by his actions and policy proposals that he really believes the only way economies thrive is when they are directed by government policy-makers and bureaucrats who are empowered to choose the “correct” economic outcomes. [Read more...]

Video: Obama is lying about Benghazi

Now Obama is attempting to coverup the coverup …  When will it stop?

by George Landrith

President Barack Obama now claims that he said on day one that the attack on Benghazi was a terrorist attack. However, that is simply not true. If you read the speech, when Obama referred to the attack in Benghazi without every applying the modifier “terrorist” or “terrorism.” Near the end of the speech President Obama used the word “terrorist” once and it was in context of the 2001 attacks. But if you’re not 100% sure what Obama meant, don’t worry. His personal statements make it painfully clear. (See video below.) [Read more...]

Fact-checking President Obama

by George Landrith

Let’s fact check President Barack Obama’s debate statements. He spent a lot of time since the first debate and during the second debate complaining that what Gov. Mitt Romney said wasn’t true. Yet, the facts do not support Obama’s claims. Here is the proof on Obama’s poor record on truthfulness during the second debate:

The attack in Libya — a terrorist attack? Or a spontaneous protest that got out of hand because of an offensive internet video?

On the issue of Libya, Obama said, that the day after the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, “I stood in the Rose Garden and I told the American people and the world that we are going to find out exactly what happened. That this was an act of terror and I also said that we’re going to hunt down those who committed this crime.”

Romney challenged Obama’s characterization that he had identified the Benghazi attack as terrorism on day one. Obama doubled down. Just as Romney was about the snare Obama in his lie,  the the moderator erroneously sided with Obama and claimed that he had identified the attack as terrorism. After the debate, the moderator admitted that she was wrong and that Romney was correct. But let’s not rely on her retraction and correction, let’s go straight to the record. [Read more...]

Presidential Heavyweight Boxing: Jabs, Rounds, and Knockouts

By Scott L. Vanatter

It’s been a number of years since a heavyweight boxing match captured our fancy. In the biggest matches we want a clear winner. We don’t want a split decision. We want a good, clean, tough, evenly-matched contest. Some spectators want to witness a match for the ages, one which ends with a knockout. Real knockouts are both memorable and definitive. There is no question who won.

Unlike baseball and football, in boxing — barring a real knockout – ring judges are there to make the final call as to who won. [Read more...]

Debate analysis from around the web

Unequal Time: 

If you want more time to get your message out in debates, it’s good to be a Democrat. According to the CNN debate clock, President Obama spoke at greater length than Mitt Romney during both debates, as did Vice President Biden during his debate with Paul Ryan. In the first debate, Obama spoke for 3 minutes, 14 seconds more than Romney — which means he got 8 percent more talking time than Romney. In last night’s debate, Obama spoke for 4 minutes and 18 seconds longer than Romney, giving him 11 percent more talking time. During the vice presidential debate, the gap wasn’t as wide: Biden spoke for 1 minute, 22 seconds more than Ryan. Still, that gave Biden 3 percent more speaking time than Ryan. [Read more...]

Second Presidential Debate: Live Coverage & Commentary

by George Landrith

Post Debate Analysis:  Obama improved from the first debate, but he still lost tonight. CBS’s post debate poll said that Romney won 2 to 1. Obama’s biggest problem was that the facts are not on his side. For example, on unemployment, food stamps, reduced household incomes, higher food prices, and more costly gasoline and energy Obama has a real problem. There is not smooth talking that will fix those problems. [Read more...]

The conventional wisdom was wrong: It turns out that Romney is likable

Romney Likable SurpriseBy George Landrith

The conventional wisdom is that President Barack Obama connects with the average American in a way that few politicians can. The media tells us that Obama is likable and relates. In contrast, conventional wisdom says that Gov. Mitt Romney is stiff, can’t relate, and doesn’t really like “regular” people.

It turns out the conventional wisdom is wrong on both counts. [Read more...]

CBS & MSNBC: Biden’s security answer on Libya could be big trouble for campaign

by Jonathon M. Seidl

As the dust of Thursday’s vice presidential debate settles, one of the storylines is Joe Biden’s bold statement that the administration was not told that officials in Libya requested more security before an attack that led to the death of several Americans, including our ambassador. The fact-checkers have found that to be patently false. And now, even the mainstream media is predicting it could be a problem. [Read more...]

Biden’s Debate Deceptions

During the debate, Paints on FireVice President made history by surpassing Al Gore for bad, boorish, and rude behavior. He laughed uncontrollably, signed, groaned, and laughed some more and engaged in generally childish antics throughout the debate. Biden’s rude and unprofessional behavior overshadowed the substance of what he said.

But as bizarre and unbalanced as his behavior was during the debate, the substance of what he actually said was perhaps the most troubling. Here are a short list of several of the most obviously false things that Biden said:

1.  Afghanistan and Iraq:  Biden accused Rep. Paul Ryan of putting two wars on the “credit card” and then bragged that he voted against both of them because he understood America could not afford them. “I was there, I voted against them,” Biden said. “I said, no, we can’t afford that.” But the truth is Sen. Biden voted for the Afghanistan resolution on Sept. 14, 2001 the Iraq resolution on October 11, 2002. It takes some brass to tell whoppers like this one! [Read more...]

Three Things Obama Must Overcome for the Next Debate

Lack of Desire, Knowledge and ConfidenceObama defeated

by Scott L. Vanatter

Why was Obama just not that into it (the debate)? Three possible reasons include a lack of desire, a lack of knowledge of basic economic principles, and being intimidated by Romney’s real world expertise.

Obama sounded so disjointed in the first debate that mainstream media supporters such as Chris Matthews and Andrew Sullivan nearly had an emotional breakdown on camera and online. They are only two who wondered aloud why Obama seemed so incoherent. Obama’s bizarre manner that night almost resembled the infamous beauty pageant contestant of a few years ago or the reporter who had a mini-stroke on camera, so rambling were some of his answers. Surely in the next debate, Obama will up his game. At least he will appear to want to debate. [Read more...]

Vice Presidential Debate Analysis

By George Landrith

Post Debate Analysis:  Biden was smug, arrogant, condescending, over-bearing and over-aggressive. I’ve never seen a debate where one person was so disrespectful and even contemptuous of his counterpart. He surpassed Al Gore’s famous boorish debate behavior. He is in danger of undercutting himself. That may play well for his base who were depressed after Obama’s almost comatose debate last week. But independents and women will find the rudeness and condescending smirking and laughing annoying. Even at the end when Ryan was thanking the moderator, the audience and Joe Biden for a good debate, Biden was smirking and mugging. That will come back to hurt him. And it shows the true political character of Joe Biden — a pretentious, smirking, condescending lightweight. [Read more...]

Obama’s “Big Bird” campaign focus not working

by Samuel P. Jacobs

In 2008, singer will.i.am provided Barack Obama’s presidential campaign with music for its signature anthem, “Yes We Can.” On Tuesday, at a rally for Obama in Columbus, Ohio, the performer chose to play something new: the theme song for “Sesame Street.”

For Obama’s supporters, already dismayed by the president’s halting performance in last week’s debate with Republican Mitt Romney, that change in tune is a new source for concern as they fret that a children’s TV show has become a new backdrop for their candidate’s campaign. [Read more...]

Obama’s new winning issue – Big Bird’s endorsement

Obama still doesn’t get it. He’s been president for four years and paid little attention to economic recovery or jobs. Now that there is four weeks left in the election, he’s promising us that Big Bird will continue to get taxpayer subsidies. Really? Seriously? This is silly even for a high school student body election! But for a sitting president?

Brit Hume: Obama wasn’t terribly bad, he has a very weak case

by Brit Humebrit hume

What I would say about this is that this idea that Romney won the debate because Obama basically didn’t show up, I don’t buy that.

The Barack Obama, I heard on that debate stage was the Barack Obama I have been listening to now for four years.

He sounded very much like himself. I don’t think he was terribly bad.  [Read more...]

Don’t be fooled, that debate was a big deal!

by Chris StirewaltObama Shrink Podiium

Mitt Romney beat the britches off of President Obama in their first debate, including the devastating sound bite “you’ve been president for four years.”

It was the most-watched debate in 20 years and was the most decisive victory by a challenger in at least that long, but to look at the news today, you might be tempted to think it really didn’t matter. [Read more...]

Mitt Romney and the empty debate podium

New Yorker magazine cover pokes fun at Obama’s disaster debate and vindicates Clint EastwoodNew Yorker Romney vs. Empty Chair

by Toby Harnden

We had Clint Eastwood debating an empty chair that represented Barack Obama at the Republican convention. Now, the ‘New Yorker’ magazine is depicting the President as a debate podium with an empty chair behind it.

Next week’s cover carries an illustration entitled ‘One on One’ by Barry Blitt , who explains: ‘This image seemed like a proper response to the first Presidential debate but I’m not sure I realised how hard it is to caricature furniture.’ [Read more...]

Honey, I Shrunk the President

Journalists and pundits turn on Obama for failing to make their fairy tales come true.Shrinking Obama

by  James  Taranto

Maybe there’s something to be said for clean living after all. Although Mitt Romney is closer in age to the venerable Jim Lehrer than to the callow Barack Obama, it was the Republican nominee who came across in last night’s debate as energetic and vigorous. And if Obama looked put upon when the cameras were on, imagine what he must’ve come home to. You spent our anniversary doing WHAT?!

About the private reaction of Obama’s wife, of course, we can only speculate. But many of his lovers went public with their devastation: “I don’t know what he was doing out there,” wailed Chris Matthews. [Read more...]