The 2nd Obama – Romney Debate

(2 pm. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Cross posted from The Stars Hollow Gazette

Since I support neither Barack Obama or Mitt Romney and do not intend to vote for either one of them, no matter how well they do in this debate farce, I can objectively say that Pres. Obama had the upper hand and was pretty much the clear “winner” of debate #2. Gov. Romney showed his privileged elitist 1950’s side in his demeanor. As Jeralyn Merrit at Talk Left pointed out he showed his dominant trait: rudeness:

Mitt Romney is one rude guy. It’s not that he’s a bully, it’s that he is impervious to anything and anyone around him. It’s all about him. And when he doesn’t get his way, he stomps his foot like a spoiled brat.

He’s rude and impatient. Which is a sign he doesn’t play well with others. He thinks he knows best. Would he even listen to his own advisers, or would we be in for four years of Mitt knows best?

He was awful tonight. He may be one of the most unlikable politicians to come along in a while.

Mitt Romney needs to go to charm school. I bet he didn’t have many friends as a kid.

Yes, Gov. Romney was rude but I disagree with Jeralyn, he was also  bully, a typical trait of someone raise in privilege and a corporate CEO. What other candidate would have had the unmitigated audacity to say to a sitting President of the United States, “You’ll get your chance in a moment. I’m still speaking.”? As Charles Pierce at Esquire Politics Blog noted:

Wow. To me, this was a revelatory, epochal moment. It was a look at the real Willard Romney, the Bain cutthroat who could get rich ruining lives and not lose a moment’s sleep. But those people are merely the anonymous Help. The guy he was speaking to on Tuesday night is a man of considerable international influence. Outside of street protestors, and that Iraqi guy who threw a shoe at George W. Bush, I have never seen a more lucid example of manifest public disrespect for a sitting president than the hair-curling contempt with which Romney invested those words. (I’ve certainly never seen one from another candidate.) He’s lucky Barack Obama prizes cool over everything else. LBJ would have taken out his heart with a pair of salad tongs and Harry Truman would have bitten off his nose.

But the best assessment of the night has to be from Jon Stewart:

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    • TMC on October 19, 2012 at 1:27 am
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  1. Romney talked down to Obama, as though he were some low-life, right from the get go.  Romney acted as though he were the President and not Obama.  It was truly one of the most disgusting displays of an arrogant, cocky, insolent, unfeeling piece of rich filth I’ve ever seen.  Obama’s ability to keep cool through it all was incredible . . . . . not many persons could have.

    (Will have to try the Stewart video later, kept stopping on me, probably, because something is being updated here on this machine.)

    • banger on October 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    It was too guys swaggering around the stage doing the thing men do to establish dominance and in that area there was no winner. In the actual debate content–Obama repeated the same dozen points or so and Romney the same half-dozen points centered around “we have to get the economy going again” aimed to appeal to people with extremely simple minds who are swayed by slogans and are easily suggestible. That is the technique you use–just repeat the same things over and over again–the fewer the better. Will it work?  

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