People came away from the last presidential debate not talking about Romney’s commanding presence, but his gaffs. What had people talking the next day, as they stood around the coffee pot at work, wasn’t a clever zinger that the successful dismantler of companies had made about Obama’s hatred of capitalism, but Romney’s nonsensical and offensive statements concerning the “binders full of women” that he’d been given as Governor, and the fact that, in his mind, single mothers are to blame for the gun violence that plagues America. And, as a result, his momentum slowed considerably. And it didn’t help that Obama, having been criticized for his lackluster performance up to that point in the campaign, began to up his game. The President went on the offensive, aggressively pointing out Romney’s lies, and coining new, focus group-approved phrases, like Romnesia. Romney, as a result, started to see his advances in swing states like Ohio evaporate, and would-be allies turn away. Even the Salt Lake City Tribune, the largest Mormon paper in the U.S., came out in support of Obama a few days ago, saying that Romney’s agenda “remains bereft of detail and worthy of mistrust.” So, Romney needed a decisive win in tonight’s foreign policy debate. Sadly, though, that didn’t happen. Instead, a dazed and confused Romney stumbled his way though, from start to finish, like someone desperately wanting for this whole sad affair to be over.
For those of you who missed the debate, here’s the video… I think you’ll especially like the part where Obama says, “Yes, we have fewer ships than 1916. We also have fewer horses and bayonets.”
The entire transcript can be found by following this link, but here’s a clip:
OBAMA: Governor Romney, I’m glad that you recognize that Al Qaida is a threat, because a few months ago when you were asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia, not Al Qaida; you said Russia… the 1980 are calling to ask for their foreign policy back, because, you know, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.
But Governor, when it comes to our foreign policy, you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s, just like the social policies of the 1950s and the economic policies of the 1920s.
You say that you’re not interested in duplicating what happened in Iraq. But, just a few weeks ago, you said you think we should have more troops in Iraq right now. And the — the challenge we have — I know you haven’t been in a position to actually execute foreign policy — but every time you’ve offered an opinion, you’ve been wrong. You said we should have gone into Iraq, despite that fact that there were no weapons of mass destruction. You said that we should still have troops in Iraq to this day. You indicated that we shouldn’t be passing nuclear treaties with Russia despite the fact that 71 senators, Democrats and Republicans, voted for it. You said that, first, we should not have a timeline in Afghanistan. Then you said we should. Now you say maybe, or it depends, which means not only were you wrong, but you were also confusing in sending mixed messages both to our troops and our allies.
So, what — what we need to do with respect to the Middle East is strong, steady leadership, not wrong and reckless leadership that is all over the map. And unfortunately, that’s the kind of opinions that you’ve offered throughout this campaign, and it is not a recipe for American strength, or keeping America safe over the long haul…