Obama brought a knife to a gunfight

Kimberly Morin
Manchester Political Buzz Examiner

The first presidential debate was held tonight in Denver, Colorado and moderated by PBS’ Jim Lehrer. The debate was focused on domestic issues and ran for 90 minutes. From the very beginning, Romney was articulate, confident and was well versed in each topic covered. Obama, without his teleprompter, sounded unsure of himself, inarticulate and like a Junior Senator from Chicago at his first presidential debate. If you didn’t know who the president currently is, you would have assumed it was Mitt Romney. He came off as presidential and a leader while Barack Obama came off as someone who didn’t really know the answers to the questions and maybe didn’t prepare enough for one of the biggest events in his political career and certainly didn’t hold confident leadership qualities…

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Related: Chris Matthews Freaks Out over Obama Performance

He lamented Obama’s performance: “I don’t know what he was doing out there. He had his head down, he was enduring the debate rather than fighting it. Romney, on the other hand, came in with a campaign. He had a plan, he was going to dominate the time, he was going to be aggressive, he was going to push the moderator around, which he did effectively, he was going to relish the evening, enjoying it.”

Photo of The Night: Dunk

…”Obama better hope a kicked ass is covered under Obamacare.” – Dennis Miller…

Some headlines from the Breitbart Bigs:

Demoralized as Hell: Why Mitt Romney Won tonight

…The people are dying to vote against President Obama, they just needed a reason to do so, Mitt Romney gave them that…

This morning’s headlines at Freedom’s Lighthouse:

Given his divisive (& often dishonest) campaign, how can Obama (should he win) expect to unite country?

…Not only have Obama’s ads been generally dishonest, but they have been overwhelmingly negative.  The SuperPACs and unions cutting ads for the Democrat seem more intent on vilifying Mitt Romney than in making the case for Barack Obama.  One union even tracked down Mitt Romney’s garbageman who somehow seemed to know that the Republican didn’t value his services.

When running for governor of Massachusetts, however, Romney had spent a day working as a garbageman and feeling “invisible” in that job, wondered if “it was because a lot of us don’t think garbage men are worthy of notice; I disagree – anyone who works that hard deserves our respect.“*

The ad, in short, offered an impression of Romney at odds with reality…

Romney wins; Update: CBS insta-poll shows decisive Romney victory . A good collection of feedback at HotAir.



OUCH: Knockout: Mitt Romney Crushes Barack Obama in First Presidential Debate.

When Chris Matthews and Bryan Preston agree, history has been made…

Best Tweets of the First Presidential Debate at Legal Insurrection. For example:


Romney Slap Down of Obama in Debate

Romney slaps down Obama assertions throughout the debate. Romney: “Everything he described is inaccurate.” Then adds the wham to the slam with specifics and statistics. At the end of part one, about jobs, Obama even says to the moderator:”Jim, you may want to move on to another topic,” needing the bell to survive…

Denver debate: Romney took control Michelle Malkin

Undecideds/uncommitted voters swing towards Romney after debate.

Frank Luntz: I’ve never seen anything like this…

Well, That Was Terrific

It’s difficult to see how Mitt Romney could have been much better than he was in tonight’s debate. Romney was crisp, forceful (without being disrespectful or obnoxious), and almost always on point (especially during the crucial first hour). Most importantly, he was vibrant and even passionate…

It’s Over

I’ve been watching presidential debates for quite a few years, but I have never seen one like this. It wasn’t a TKO, it was a knockout. Mitt Romney was in control from the beginning. He was the alpha male, while Barack Obama was weak, hesitant, stuttering, often apologetic. The visuals were great for Romney and awful for Obama…

Meanwhile, more cold water

…I honestly want to be more sanguine. And I was very pleased with Romney’s demeanor last evening; he didn’t fear the President as McCain clearly did (and still does), and he refused to let the President mischaracterize his record or his policy plans.

The problem is, he did that once during a debate. After allowing the President and his campaign and the activist media in bed with the Democrats create an entirely different picture of Romney, one that he now has to beat back.

And time is running out…

From RedState:

At The Blaze:

Video from The Right Scoop:

“Tired, Bored, F*cking Sad, Confused, Depressing, Lame”

No, that’s not a teenager’s description of their calculus class. It’s certified Obama nutter Andrew Sullivan…

Update: American Power Blog:

Post Debate Fact Check

…From the  AP fact check (h/t The Transom), it seems that the lack of plans was really a lack of sub detail. For instance, he said he would make taxes more efficient by doing 5 things one of which was eliminating tax breaks, but did not state which tax breaks. Fair enough, but the 5 points are a plan, and debates are glorified beauty pageants full of ‘How would you achieve world peace? Please limit your answer to 3 minutes,’ lines of questioning. There is no time to go into all the details, and people gloss over when you do. The left wants specifics on this because they want to drive wedges between the groups of people who enjoy various tax breaks…

Update 2: From Ace of Spades HQ

I like this ad. It’s silly. PS, Obama spoke for five more minutes than Romney. Romney’s real sin was resorting to an age-old cheap debating tactic, called “The Coherent Sentence.” Obama, being a very ethical fellow, refrained from such chicanery….

More headlines from Weasel Zippers. Finally, the race card:

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