Romney vs. Obama, Round 3

You switch on the German media the night after a presidental debate, you think they have been to some distant planet. This clueless attempts to manipulate are best ignored. A collection of the more reasonable commentary from the United States follows, emphases are mine:

I think it’s unequivocal, Romney won. And he didn’t just win tactically, but strategically. Strategically, all he needed to do is basically draw. He needed to continue the momentum he’s had since the first debate, and this will continue it….And the high point is when he devastatingly leveled the charge of Obama going around the world on an apology tour. Obama’s answer was ask any reporter and they will tell you it wasn’t so. That’s about as weak an answer you can get. And Romney’s response to quote Obama saying that, ‚we dictate to other nations,‘ and Romney said, ‚we do not dictate to other nations, we liberate them.‘ And Obama was utterly speechless.

What Obama did is he kept interrupting, interjecting and his responses were almost all very small, petty attacks. The lowest was when he’s talking about sanctions that are old. ‚When I was working on sanctions you were investing in a company in China.‘ I mean that is the kind of attack you expect from a guy who is running for city council for the first time, that’s not what you expect from the president.” Charles Krauthammer

Mitt Romney had a job tonight and that was to come across as a plausible commander in chief. It would have been very damaging to him if there had been areas of the world and subject matters raised by the questions or raised by the president that he didn’t seem to really know anything about. I didn’t detect such a moment. He seemed to me smooth, and fluid and well informed about all the matters that came to hand and he had something to say about all of them.” Britt Hume

Mitt Romney’s aim was to present himself with the demeanor and grasp of foreign and national security issues of a president of the United States. He succeeded. President Obama sought to make Romney appear unqualified to be president and commander in chief. He failed. And that was the story of the third and final presidential debate.” Fred Barnes

“In the third debate, Obama had to show in 90 minutes that the first two debates were a fluke, and that Romney was not presidential enough to end his tenure. He did not do that by any means; for all his pique, interruptions, and attacks, Obama scored few points against the workmanlike Romney who knew that he simply did not have to lose. In any debate, when the two score comparable points, the more aggressive and petulant usually comes off less well, especially given that Romney’s tone and expression were more like the reflective performance of his wildly successful first debate. The take-away quotes and sound bites from the debate will favor Romney. I predict that either Obama will not gain traction from his performance or, more likely, his standing will continue to erode as the public becomes assured that Romney is not only more knowledgeable but more likable and steady, especially when the pressure was on him in this final debate and the president went all out to call him both untruthful and uncaring.” Victor Davis Hanson

Obama behaved like a challenger in trouble and Romney acted liked a candidate with something to lose. That tells you something about the poll numbers both of these guys are looking at. Meanwhile, Obama looked a bit desperate at times, particularly when he was staring at Romney as if to force the former governor into spontaneous human combustion.” Jonah Goldberg

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MfLäger
Gast
MfLäger
3 Jahre 8 Monate her

Sehr geehrter Herr Bender, kann es sein, daß es Ihr Job ist, hier grundsätzlich jeden Artikel zuzuspammen… und auch die Echolalie in den Beiträgen (Coulter — Retard) ist einfach nur anstrengend.

Michael Bender
Gast
3 Jahre 8 Monate her

Dear Irwin,

Alessandra is a TV critic, not a political correspondent. So of course she has a whole different take on the debates.

Irwin M. Stelzer
Gast
Irwin M. Stelzer
3 Jahre 9 Monate her
One can’t help being in awe of the New York Times. The ingenuity it displays in running down Mitt Romney, if applied to a more useful project, would be a national treasure. Consider Alessandra Stanley’s report (comment?) on Candy Crowley’s performance as debate moderator, and Romney’s reaction. “Mr. Obama kept his eyes on his Republican opponent, whereas Mr. Romney’s gaze kept straying over to the moderator, Candy Crowley of CNN, peevishly calling on her to give him more time…” Ms. Stanley is such a keen observer that she can discern the difference between the gazes of the disciplined, steely-eyed president… Read more »
Michael Bender
Gast
3 Jahre 9 Monate her
Mensch Andrej: Jay S hat es doch so dargestellt, dass neutrale Kommentatoren Romney als Sieger gesehen haben. Ich habe nur drauf hingewiesen, dass es da auch andere Ansichten gibt. Und dieses Vorurteil dass die Medien in den USA alle linkslastig kann ich nicht mehr hören. George Will sitzt jeden Sonntag bei Stephanopoulus am Tisch und auch die NYT hat zwei oder sogar drei konservative Kommentatoren,wenn man Friedmann dazuzählt im Angebot. Und David Gregory von MTP wuerde Ich auch nicht zu den Demonraten zaehlen wollen. Aber die Ergebung passt natuerlich so schoen in Ihr Weltbild. Also dass ist doch Ammenmärchen wass… Read more »
Michael Bender
Gast
3 Jahre 9 Monate her
Hey Jay S reden wir noch mal kurz über ein Stueck der Bilanz von President Obama. Osama ist Tod Gaddafi ist auch weg, und Zwar ohne dass die USA in einen Krieg gefuehrt hat wie im Irak um einen weiteren arabischen Despoten abzuservieren. Die Tage von Assad sind auch gezaeht. Der Iran wohl wirtschaftlich vor dem Ruin stehend auf Grund der Sanktionen, und so Wie es aussieht Verhandlungsbereit. Sicherlich werden jetzt Sie Oder jemand anders hier auf Benghazi hinweisen. Und ich gebe zu dass das eine Schande ist. Und es muss natuerlich geklaert werden warum die Botschaft nicht besser geschuetzt… Read more »
andrej
Gast
andrej
3 Jahre 9 Monate her
Gut, Herr Bender, Fakten sind Ihnen ja zuwider. Aber in den USA ist das mit den Journalisten nicht viel anders als hier: „Preparing for a panel discussion on the media, the Annenberg Public Policy Center and the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands commissioned a poll of 673 journalists,[…] A total of 31 percent described themselves as “very liberal” or “liberal” compared to just nine percent who identified themselves as “very conservative” or “conservative,” with 49 percent maintaining they are “moderate.” In May 2004, the Pew Research Center for The People and The Press (in association with the Project for Excellence… Read more »
Michael Bender
Gast
3 Jahre 9 Monate her

Also es gibt natuerlich auch andere Stimmen:

New York Times : Romney sounded confused and incoherent, and offered no idea of substance.

But of course that is just the mainstream media who are all in the tank for President Obama.

Michael Bender
Gast
3 Jahre 9 Monate her

Also typisch JS wieder nur die zitieren die Romney als Sieger sehen und dabei verschweigen, dass er doch in allen Punkten Obama zugestimmt hat. Talk about Manipulation. Und Wie gesagt den schoensten Satz des Abends ( no more horses and bayonets) unter den Tisch fallen lassen ist Doch wirklich zu Schade. Aber es bleibt a horse race das ist auch klar.

Christian
Gast
Christian
3 Jahre 9 Monate her

Das Team von Real News from the Blaze sah das übrigens etwas differenzierter und hat Obama sogar zum Teil einen „Sieg“ zugestanden.
Aber Romney war so schlecht nicht, als das es ihm schaden dürfte, aber er hatte wohl, wie bei der letzten Debatte, ein paar „missed opportunities“. Wenn davon welche gesessen hätten, dann würde Chris Mathews jetzt mit Herzinfarkt in der Klinik liegen. So faselte er was von „Victory“…War aber zu erwarten, wenn es nicht ganz eindeutig ist, wie bei der ersten Runde.

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