Governor Mitt Romney took the gloves off Wednesday evening and showed the American electorate what a heavyweight fighter really looks like, and what such a heavyweight fighter can do as president of the United States.
Romney jabbed and hooked Barack Obama throughout the 90-minute debate to the point where the president, appearing like a stunned boxer being pummeled at the ropes, begged the referee Jim Lehrer, “Jim, you may want to move on to another question,” as the Republican contender challenged Obama on his inability to create jobs.
Obama was stunned and showed he could not endure the pounding, and despite the referee attempting to provide cover for Obama by interrupting the former Massachusetts governor, Romney kept on the attack viciously attacking the Obama record with facts on Obama’s jobs creation record, tax increases via ObamaCare and over-regulation.
Obama brought vacuous counter punches, often rehashing tidbits about millionaires not paying their fair share, scaring seniors that the Ryan Medicare plan would gut their benefits, and stating how he used the RomneyCare model to implement ObamaCare.
Romney countered hard, saying, “I just don’t know how the president could have come into office, facing 23 million people out of work, rising unemployment, an economic crisis at the kitchen table, and spend his energy and passion for two years fighting for ObamaCare instead of fighting for jobs for the American people. It [ObamaCare] has killed jobs.”
Romney eloquently stated that what he did for his state was a bipartisan effort for the people of that state. He told Obama that ObamaCare was a partisan effort which forced the entire nation into it without a national discussion and GOP support.
So how did Obama respond to this attack? He literally said he has grown fond of the term “ObamaCare.” Was that presidential leadership or what?
Romney walloped Obama by stating “he picks losers” and naming a number of the alternative energy companies the Obama administration provided with taxpayer funds which have gone bankrupt costing billions of dollars. All Obama could do was avoid eye contact, looking down at his lectern and smirking.
In fact, knowing he was winning, Governor Romney taunted weakened Obama by practically calling him a kid who constantly lies hoping to get away from the devastation that was taking place.
“Look, I’ve got five boys. I’m used to people saying something that’s not always true, but just keep repeating it and ultimately hoping I’ll believe it. But that is not the case.”
That was the knockout punch of the evening. Romney clearly showed voters who was the man and who was the child who appears like a man.
What this debate did was to provide substance over style. Obama won 2008 because he provided a jazzy style and eloquent rhetoric that masqueraded as substance at a time of great political distress and economic turmoil. In 2008 Obama blinded an American electorate that sought something different, and was elected because he made Americans feel good. Instead, Obama made a bad situation far worse than we could have ever imagined.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, the Aga Khan of political punditry for the left, was beside himself. Matthews was visibly disturbed at Obama’s performance, saying, “What was he doing?”
There is no doubt the left-wing mainstream media has protected Obama these past four years, and it clearly looks like that protection has crumbled for all to see. If Obama cannot stand up and fight (without a teleprompter), then why has he chosen to run for re-election? Does Obama think he can win re-election by simply having the media blow smoke over the people’s eyes again?
By Lee Anthony Nieves, guest contributor
Lee Anthony Nieves is a conservative libertarian political commentator and frequent Being Latino blogger. He resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.