The POTUS took command of the second presidential debate from the start. He thrashed Mitt Romney on everything from trade to taxes. And then he closed the debate by reminding everyone of Romney’s arrogant assault against 47% of the American people.
When he is around real Americans, Romney is uncomfortable. He often looks like the Queen of England being forced to participate in the cow-chip tossing contest at the county fair. When asked about women in the work force, Romney, whose record of promoting women at Bain Capital was dismal, actually spoke of “binders full of women.” A metaphor for the ages.
There was one “holy smokes” moment when Romney falsely accused the president of not calling the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, a terror attack. But, as the fearless and fact-based Candy Crowley noted, Romney was not telling the truth. The day after the attack, Obama referred to it as “terror” — even before full reports were in.
Obama also shamed Romney with this exchange: Romney, whose investments at Bain Capital hurt members of the middle class, actually accused Obama of having sketchy investments. Obama nailed him to the wall, dismissing the former CEO by saying, “I don’t look at my pension, it’s not as big as yours, so it doesn’t take that long. I don’t check it that often.”
Romney closed the debate by bringing up the one attack Obama left on the table: Romney’s plutocratic sneer about 47% of Americans. Thank you, Mitt. Obama (finally) spanked Romney like the bad little boarding school preppy he is.
My CNN colleague Ari Fleischer called the debate a draw. Allow me to translate. When Fleischer, who is one of the great spinners of all time, calls it a draw, it’s like me (a diehard Longhorn) calling Saturday’s Texas-Oklahoma game a draw. I would like it to be true, but in reality, it was a butt-whipping. So was this debate.