Town Hall Debate: Ten Points
Why I bothered to watch I don’t know. I filled out my absentee ballot and mailed it in yesterday. But I resolved to offer ten points for discussion about the debate tonight, and here they are.
- Obama needed to come out swinging and demonstrate assertiveness. He did, but while he threw many punches, they were rabbit punches and jabs, not uppercuts or body blows. He also benefitted from Romney’s obvious discomfort with the format. Romney shone better when he stood still and looked a questioner in the eye, poorer when walking and sitting on the high chairs.
- Of course China manipulates its currency, Governor Romney. So does the United States. We use this thing called the Federal Reserve to manipulate our money supply so as to guide the economy as a whole towards a desired result (e.g., low inflation). So does every other nation in the world with a centralized bank. Starting a tariff war with China will not be good for the American economy.
- Obama on pay equity for women: let’s talk about student loans instead, and let me use my lovely daughters as political props. Romney on pay equity for women: I invented flex-time!
- Both candidates gave soufflé answers to the Libya question: both started out great and built up a lot of promise for a scrumptious answer. Then they deflated suddenly. Yes, both of them.
- Did I hear Romney say he would give out more
HB-1H-1B visas? And that he would deliver comprehensive immigration reform in his first year? If so, I approve. But I also disbelieve.
- The President cannot affect gas prices. Last time I checked, most oil companies were pumping oil and refining product as fast as their physical capabilities would allow them to. And another thing: why do I carewhether the oil that gets turned into the gas in my car was pumped from public or private land?
You know what? I’m spending way too much brainpower on trying to actually discern policies and establish some reason why one candidate or the other earned a win, suggested something worthwhile the government might do under his leadership, or otherwise made any substantive points. That’s not this was about. I know that. Really, I do. I’ll finish out this list with the stuff you came here for.
CrowleyCrawford started off strongly, but faded after about forty-five minutes.
- My fellow Ordinary Gentleman Dr. Saunders heard a swipe at same-sex couples raising families in Romney’s answers about guns. I heard a swipe at single moms. I also heard Obama badly fumble the guns question.
- Each candidate made an out of context sound bite to be relentlessly pummelled for cheap yuks. Obama: “Mine isn’t as big as yours, so it… it doesn’t take as long.” Romney: “I got binders full of women.” Romney’s description of how he came to get those binders sounded suspiciously like affirmative action, didn’t it?
- Overall, I’d give it to Obama on points. Somewhere in the range of 55-45, maybe 60-40 if I was feeling generous.