Update: As we note at the end of our article: Mittmentum. It’s 7-up time. Romney gains a point post-debate in Gallup, up 7. Biden did not help. Obama lost the Hofstra debate. Romney won the Hofstra debate.
Mitt Romney won Tuesday night’s debate. Barack Obama lost Tuesday night’s debate. Why? Barack Obama failed to achieve his strategic aims. Mitt Romney succeeded in his strategic aims. Romney achieving his strategic aims is why Romney edge expands post-debate in Rasmussen tracking poll. But lets momentarily put the latest polls, even the valid ones, aside.
Recall the Obama convention. We wrote Why The Obama Convention Was A Big Fat Flop. The reason it was a flop, as we wrote was because Obama’s strategic aims for the convention were not achieved. Yes, the show was well done. Yes, Bill Clinton epitomized what a president should do and say – implement policies that succeed and be able to explain why, what, and how, to the nation on issue after issue and the direction he wants to go in. (What Bill Clinton cannot explain is why Obama is unable or unwilling to present or explain in a coherent fashion what Obama has done, what it has achieved, what he wants to do, and why he wants to do it.)
But the Obama convention willfully insulted organized labor in order to achieve one strategic aim: raise an army of volunteers that would win North Carolina and Virginia. Those strategic aims were to be achieved by “bookend” events which were supposed to attract hundreds of thousands – but both “bookend” events failed to take place due to lack of money and enthusiasm. That was a failure and now Romney will win North Carolina and Virginia. The Obama convention moved beyond failure and into catastrophe because the Obama convention additionally provided fodder on “God” and Jerusalem that Republicans can utilize to win Florida, Iowa, and other states.
When you fail in your strategic aims (think Pearl Harbor and the failure of the Imperial Japanese Task Force to achieve it’s strategic aims – sink the American aircraft carriers. The attack thrilled the Saki-soaked but smart admirals saw the failure for what it was immediately) you fail. The show at Pearl Harbor was a shocker, the show in Charlotte was fabulous – but strategic aims were not achieved. Result: failure.
Supporters of Barack Obama were happy Tuesday night because that wind-up clown toy they bought on vacation years ago, while drunk or drugged, the
won one they thought was broken, started banging the little brass colored cymbals again and making rude noises. They had a giggle for a night as they saw the clown come to life – but the innards of that clown are rusted and screeching and soon will be thrown out when mom comes into the basement for a clean.
The response of the Hopium Guzzlers in the Obama campaign has been to talk about anything but what the American people want to discuss. As Paul Tully instructed to generations of Democratic strategists when he constructed the “message box” you have to address and win on the issues that most concern the voter. Purposefully ignoring the important issues Obama Hopium Guzzlers want to talk about Big Bird and the binder. As noted by Mark Halperin: Team Obama jumps the binder
What was Obama’s strategic aim for the second debate? In short, Obama needed a game changer. Obama needed to crush Romney in the same undisputed overwhelming manner that Romney crushed Obama in the first debate. Obama needed to prove to one and all that he was the
won one to trust and entrust with the nation’s future on the economy and jobs and overall direction. This strategic aim was not achieved by Barack Obama.
Mitt Romney’s strategic aims was to keep Mittmentum going strong by demonstrating he is the best steward of the nation’s future direction especially on the economy and jobs. Romney succeeded in achieving these strategic aims. Indeed if not for the bovine intervention of Candy Crowley Tuesday night’s debate would have been a replay of Gerald Ford’s catastrophic “freeing” of the captive nations of the Soviet. Romney will get a second crack at that egg this Monday.
Barack Obama supporters, strung out on that strong Hopium required to distort reality and see Barack Obama as someone in any way trustworthy, enjoyed the show on Tuesday night as their wind up clown clanged cymbals. But the sober Mitt Romney supporters see the Romney victory for what it is.
Obama failed to grab his strategic objectives. Mitt Romney won his strategic objectives. You don’t have to believe us on this. Listen to the undecided voters gathered together on Obama campaign field office MSNBC. Don’t listen to the MSNBC “moderator” who declares it a “draw” even as voter after voter chose Romney. Listen to what the MSNBC undecided voters said after the debate:
The Fox News undecided voters focus group was even more decisive a victory for Mitt Romney:
Big Media JournoListers, the Candy Crowleys, and those easily distracted by shiny objects want to convince themselves and their diminishing claque of readers that Obama somehow “won” the show or at the very least they gift Obama a “slight edge overall”. But what are the people with the votes saying? Romney won his strategic aims of being seen as the one with a better direction for the nation and able to do a better job on the economy and JOBS:
“Despite Obama’s slight edge overall, Romney was seen as better able to handle most issues.
The trend was most notable in the CNN poll: he had an 18-point edge among registered voters on the economy (58 percent to Obama’s 40 percent ); a 3-point edge on health care (49 percent to 46 percent); a 7-point edge on taxes (51 percent to 44 percent); and, largest of all, a 23-point edge on the deficit (59 percent to 36 percent).”
In the CNN poll Obama only beat Romney by 2% on the issue of foreign policy – that’s likely due to Candy Crowley’s mendacious protection of Barack Obama and will be turned around at the final debate which will be focused solely on foreign policy.
In the CBS poll, “65 percent of respondents also said Romney would handle the economy better.
As we wrote in our immediate assessment of the debate, Mitt Romney gave a coherent and brutal assessment of Barack Obama’s tenure as golfer, er, cymbal banging clown. Hopium Guzzlers will applaud as the wind up toy clangs and bangs and makes a spectacle but voters vote, albeit sometimes mistakenly, for the person they believe will make things better for them.
“As I wrote earlier, Obama and his team still believe they can win the election by simply being the anti-Romney — without putting an agenda on the table for voters to see and support. That strategy was doomed to failure in the first debate anyway, but the stark contrast two weeks ago between a very presidential Romney and a disengaged and apathetic Obama magnified that effect and impact. Obama seemed to pretend last night like that never happened, which as Halperin notes could be a fatal flaw in their final three weeks.
Most voters aren’t going to go into voting booths to choose the best debater. They’re going to choose the candidate that they trust more on the issues. Obama lost the first debate by virtual default, and he’s going to lose the election the same way unless he can launch a second-term agenda in less than three weeks.”
The giggles from Tuesday night, are over. Gallup with the latest poll results put an end to that frivolity from the harlequins and proglodytes. [Gallup tracker: Romney up 6 with likely voters, up 2 with registered].
That Gallup poll, beyond the margin of error Romney victory, did not survey after the Hofstra debate. But today’s Rasmussen poll does and Romney leads in that one too because he still has Mittmentum. And unlike after the first debate, in which there was a two week hiatus in presidential debates, the next debate is Monday so there will not be enough time for Obama to turn things around.
Why are the latest polls showing Romney ahead?
Mitt Romney won the Hofstra debate.