WaPo Analysis has a Hard Time Bashing Mitt
WaPo front-page headline: Romney Finds His Voice on the Economy
The two contenders seemed to swap roles Wednesday. Obama was the one who struggled for his footing, scowling on the split screens of millions of television viewers across the nation and often looking like a man who wished he were elsewhere.
Elsewhere, meaning, in front of his TOTUS.
Romney pressed his case against Obama's stewardship of a disappointingly weak recovery. He sought to sharpen his own proposals and to soften the perception among voters that he favors the interests of the wealthy over those who are struggling.
Obama, meanwhile, did not make many of the arguments that he and his campaign have used most effectively against Romney
but which we'll repeat here, in case you missed them. He did not recount the former governor's career in private equity, during which Romney laid off workers, or the secretly taped video in which the Republican nominee told wealthy donors that the 47 percent of Americans who do not pay federal income taxes are dependent on government and see themselves as victims.
The TV ads, however, continue to run. Why give Romney an opportunity to respond to them? Better to let the ads run unquestioned.
The president also left many of Romney's claims unchallenged. Romney asserted eight times that Obama plans to cut $716 billion from Medicare without noting that the Republican vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), shepherded a budget through the House that would do the same thing.
"Shepherded" a buget that never passed is hardly on an even footing with signing a bill that does it, then lying about it.
And Romney insisted that he does not want to reduce the share of taxes paid by the wealthy. "High-income people are doing just fine in this economy," he said. "They'll do fine whether you're president or I am."
Note the use of the word, "insisted", which suggests a lie or a coverup.
"The problem with raising taxes is that it slows down the rate of growth. And you could never quite get the job done," he said. "I want to lower spending and encourage economic growth at the same time."
Whether the debate did much to win over undecided voters or change anyone's mind is not likely to become clear for at least a few days. In that time, news organization fact checkers will pick over the assertions that were made, pundits will award style points, and social media will amplify -- and perhaps amend -- the overall impressions that were left.
What matters is what happens in the polls. What happens when Champ starts to fall behind in the polls?
Posted by: Bobby