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A Debate Rout of Herculean Proportions

rmt5 in MA Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 8:12 AM
I've NEVER been impressed with Obama's so-called rhetorical skills. When he speaks, he is play-acting---pretending to care about things he really doesn't care about. An effective speaker speaks with conviction that comes from the heart which truly persuades listeners. Despite over 50 speeches about Obamacare, Obama has never been able to persuade anywhere near a majority to embrace that program. If lying through one's teeth in order to convince someone about a particular issue is considered great oratory, then Obama is greatly skilled. But I don't think of it as great is nothing more than the words of a charlatan selling snake oil or a community organizer appealing to the baser instincts of his listeners.
I am elated to report to you something you surely already know: Mitt Romney trounced President Obama in their first debate. The rout was so decisive that even the liberal media cannot spin it the other way.

There is no need to grade this on a curve. Romney did very well in absolute, not relative, terms. He didn't just do well compared with Obama's poor performance; he really shone, in every category. He proved himself to be very knowledgeable on policy and business, quick on his feet and able to deliver zingers as graciously as possible under the circumstances.