If you didn't see the debate last night and you wonder who won, I'll tell you, it was Mitt Romney. The mainstream media outlets are going to tell you a different story. They'll tell you how the suave and masterful Obama orated like a strategic grandmaster and every word he said served the dual purpose of both defending his own record while at the same time attacking Romney's wealth and his record as a governor and a CEO. This simply isn't the case. Obama is a stuttering clusterf--k of a miserable failure, both as a president, and as a debater.
What Mitt Romney was facing was not just an uphill battle. Romney was doing one-armed pull-ups with Candy Crowley hanging on to one leg and Obama hanging on the other. Obama was given the last word on every question for the entire 90 minutes, including the final minutes of the evening when he was allowed to bring up the "47 percent" without fear of any possibility of rebuttal. This was—as I predicted—a tag-team contest with Obama and Crowley teaming up together to debate Romney. Candy's performance last night was so over-the top and self-evidently partisan—adamantly taking Obama's side every time—that it was literally breathtaking!
The first question was about the economy. Romney went first, and then Obama; then Candy asked a follow up question and allowed Romney to answer. He talked about free-enterprise and letting the market do its job by allowing bankruptcies to happen. He talked about the GM buyout and other stupid government decisions. Finally, Candy gave the last word to Obama:
OBAMA: Candy, what Governor Romney said just isn't true. He wanted to take them into bankruptcy without providing them any way to stay open. And we would have lost a million jobs. And that -- don't take my word for it, take the executives at GM and Chrysler, some of whom are Republicans, may even support Governor Romney. But they'll tell you his prescription wasn't going to work.Obama had just called Romney a liar. Obama had just accused Romney of wanting to put one-million people out of work. Obama had just claimed that Romney's only plan is to help the rich get richer. He was demagoguing this debate and Candy was letting him get away with it!
And Governor Romney's says he's got a five-point plan? Governor Romney doesn't have a five-point plan. He has a one-point plan. And that plan is to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules. That's been his philosophy in the private sector, that's been his philosophy as governor, that's been his philosophy as a presidential candidate.
CANDY: And, Mr. Romney -- Governor Romney -- there'll be plenty of chances here to go on, but I want to...
ROMNEY: That -- that Detroit -- that Detroit answer...
CROWLEY: We have all these folks.
ROMNEY: ... that Detroit answer...
CROWLEY: I will let you absolutely...
ROMNEY: ... and the rest of the answer, way off the mark.
CROWLEY: OK. Will -- will -- you certainly will have lots of time here coming up. Because I want to move you on...
[Because Obama gets the last word.]
The next question was energy policy. First Obama responded with his "renewable energy" approach. Romney answered back with his "all of the above" approach: unblock federal land for oil exploration, approve the Canadian pipeline, free up the Gulf Coast, the Eastern seaboard, the Alaskan coastline for offshore oil exploration, approve more nuclear power plants, more coal fired plants, natural gas exploration, as well as wind and solar.
Next Candy gave Obama more time so that he was able to attack Romney on his record regarding coal. Romney tried to respond to that but Obama continually interrupted and never let him complete more than a sentence at a time, and often not even that. Even though Romney had never been allowed to respond freely to Obama's accusations, Candy threw it back to Obama yet one more time for the final word.
CROWLEY: Mr. President, could you address, because we did finally get to gas prices here, could you address what the governor said, which is if your energy policy was working, the price of gasoline would not be $4 a gallon here. Is that true?Obama claimed that the reason for low gas prices in 2008 was because of the recession and that it was the failure of Bush's policies, the same policies espoused by Romney. Romney naturally wanted to respond to that claim, but he was constantly interrupted by both Candy and Obama. There was a lengthy drawn-out filibuster from the Obama and Crowley tag-team that lasted for the next 30 seconds or so. They really, really didn't want Romney to be able to respond to these accusations.
OBAMA: Well, think about what the governor -- think about what the governor just said. He said when I took office, the price of gasoline was $1.80, $1.86. Why is that? Because the economy was on the verge of collapse, because we were about to go through the worst recession since the Great Depression, as a consequence of some of the same policies that Governor Romney's now promoting. So, it's conceivable that Governor Romney could bring down gas prices because with his policies, we might be back in that same mess.
CROWLEY: I got to -- I got to move you on --
ROMNEY: He gets the first --
CROWLEY: -- and the next question --
ROMNEY: He actually got --
CROWLEY: -- for you --
ROMNEY: He actually got the first question. So I get the last question -- last answer.
CROWLEY: (Inaudible) in the follow up, it doesn't quite work like that. But I'm going to give you a chance here. I promise you, I'm going to.This post would be way too long if I outlined every instance of how Tag Team Obama/Candy conspired to give Obama the last word on every question. You can read the full transcript here: I'm going to move you along to the final words of the debate:
And the next question is for you. So if you want to, you know, continue on -- but I don't want to leave all --
ROMNEY: Candy, Candy --
CROWLEY: -- sitting here --
ROMNEY: Candy, I don't have a policy of stopping wind jobs in Iowa and that -- they're not phantom jobs. They're real jobs.
ROMNEY: I appreciate wind jobs in Iowa and across our country. I appreciate the jobs in coal and oil and gas. I'm going to make sure --
ROMNEY: -- we're taking advantage of our energy resources. We'll bring back manufacturing to America. We're going to get through a very aggressive energy policy, 31/2 million more jobs in this country. It's critical to our future.
OBAMA: Candy, it's not going to --
CROWLEY: We're going to move you along --
OBAMA: Used to being interrupted.
CROWLEY: We're going to move you both along
[Because Obama gets the last word.]
OBAMA: I believe Governor Romney is a good man. Loves his family, cares about his faith. But I also believe that when he said behind closed doors that 47 percent of the country considered themselves victims who refuse personal responsibility, think about who he was talking about.Romney was given no chance to respond. The entire debate from beginning to end was such a ridiculously partisan charade instead of a debate that those of us on the right who watched it were one and all outraged beyond belief! I for one, am way beyond outraged. Do they really think they can get away with this? ABC NBC CBS CNN MSNBC are all out there gloating and high-fiving each other. It's absolutely sickening. I am going to watch the next debate, but when those 90 minutes are over, I'm calling COMCAST!
Folks on Social Security who've worked all their lives. Veterans who've sacrificed for this country. Students who are out there trying to hopefully advance their own dreams, but also this country's dreams. Soldiers who are overseas fighting for us right now. People who are working hard every day, paying payroll tax, gas taxes, but don't make enough income.
I'm going to find out how I can get those channels permanently blocked. I vow! I swear! that never again, if I can help it, will the phosphors from these ridiculously biased channels impact my one glaring eye. I'll be praying for their imminent bankruptcy. My prayer is also that all the sleepers awaken and turn off the pipedreams coming from their idiot boxes. I'll pray that Americans walk outside and breathe the fresh air of freedom. I'll pray that everyone finally pulls the scales from their eyes and beholds the evil drab underbelly of the Democrat-Media complex and its goal of American socialism—and socialism by the way is nothing more than slavery of the people, by the people. Unchain your minds America, or you may find out too late that a collar has already been fastened around your neck.