The Election Campaign

I’m slacking – I have not watched the last debate between Obama and Romney although I do have it recorded.  But no matter – the pundits are doing an adequate job of dissecting the debate and the candidates.

What does matter is that both candidates are bombarding the swing states with every campaign ad possible – dirty or not – in that last-minute effort to get the undecided voters to cast their ballot for them.  My wife was visiting an Aunt in Findley, OH, and every TV commercial break was full of campaign ads.  I imagine it’s the same in each swing state.

[Which is understandable, especially since I heard that Obama’s re-election campaign has raised over a billion dollars toward that end.  I’m not sure what Romney’s campaign has raised for his bid, but make no mistake – it is absolutely obscene that this kind of money is being spent on electing politicians to a public office.]

I’m not sure how the Benghazi debacle is going to play out in the election.  Rather, I think it’s going to be the economy, and how Obamacare is going to affect everyone’s wallet when the “premiums” take effect next year, and that’s if anyone is thinking ahead.  The polls so far have the candidates at a statistical dead heat, although Real Clear Politics show this morning that Obama has the lead in the Electoral College count.

We’ll have to see what happens in this next week before the election – who will make a mistake, and who will shine.

That’s Debatable (Cont.)

Having watched the second Presidential debate, Obama is really getting under my skin more and more.  He certainly has picked up some of Joe Biden’s debate tactics.

What I found offensive is this:  During a segment that Romney was speaking, Obama made comments in the background, breaking the decorum (and rules) of the debate.  He did this constantly, and finally Romney started doing the same.  Nothing like being uncivil to make your point, eh, Mr. President?  The second thing that Irked me was that Romney challenged Obama directly at least twice (possibly three times) with questions that Obama delayed, dodged, and weaved in answering (if he could or did at all).

And all of this happening with an obviously biased toward Obama moderator.  And the media outlets wonder why the public is abandoning them as an information source.

Last were the whoppers that Obama told.  Michael Ramirez had this one that summed up two of my sticking points:

There were others, but the above summed up with a relevant punch line.

The next debate subject is going to be on foreign policy, something that I feel that Obama has botched tremendously and Romney must attack Obama’s record.  The Arab Spring is rapidly turning into an Arab Nightmare with Islamic radicals dominating governments of the Mideast.  Iran is closer to a nuclear bomb (and folks, sanctions aren’t going to do a damn thing to deter the mullahs from acquiring a means to turn Israel into a sea of radioactive glass).  Obama has alienated many of our allies (including Great Britain and Israel), and tried unsuccessfully to woo our enemies with apologies and foreign aid dollars.  If anything, the region is more unstable than when Obama took office.  And then there is the Benghazi fiasco:

If Obama has repeatedly stated that he will protect American interests, but cannot provide protection for our Ambassadors and Embassies, then how good is his word?  Not very good, I expect…He’s proved that several times, in my opinion.

From his performance in the second debate, Obama didn’t do very well with confrontational questions from Romney.  In some respects, that showed me that he wanted to stay on script (both candidates answered the questions with as many talking points as possible) rather than answer any questions directly.  It will be interesting to see what spin he puts on (and how he weathers) some tough questions by the moderator and his opponent.

But I’m not holding my breath…

That’s Debatable…

Having watched the first Presidential and the Vice-Presidential debates, I can only walk away from the TV and shake my head in amazement and disgust.  You’ll understand as you read further into this post.

The First Presidential Debate

The impression that I had from this debate is that Mitt Romney was the winner, an opinion borne out by the various pundits and commentators.  Obama looked and acted like he wanted to be somewhere else.  I’ll not go into the various points and topics as those have been discussed and rehashed by the many political commentators ad nauseum over the past couple of weeks.

The Vice-Presidential Debate

The impression that I had from this debate is that it was a tie.  Paul Ryan stayed on topic and put his clearly rehearsed points forward wherever he could (which was most of the time).  Joe Biden hit back, questioning constantly the statements that Ryan made.  But he did so in a very undignified manner, interrupting constantly in a manner that one could call rude and bullying.  There was a spirited give and take, and Ryan was not a pushover by any means, but credit must be given to Ryan for not rising to the bait and telling Biden to shut up.

My Impressions

If you are of one political party or another, chances are that the debates would not make you change your mind about who you would vote for.  After all, being a member of a political party usually means that you are going to vote for the party’s nominee.

However, if you are not affiliated with a political party, or you do not follow in lockstep with your party’s platform or nominee, then the debates are a way to observe and evaluate the candidates free of the media’s sound bites.  And to me, a person that would like to think of themselves as open minded and not affiliated with either party, this is a rare opportunity to really see the candidate’s character.  And yes, I truly believe in voting for the best person for the job regardless of their political party affiliation.  And I’ve done it.

During his debate, Romney showed the leadership qualities that made him a success in the boardroom.  I saw glimpses of the person that would drive the important agendas forward.  Yes, you may or may not believe that Bain Capital was a good company, but one needs to remember that the purpose of the company is to make a profit.  Romney, as the head of that company, had a duty to the company’s shareholders to make the company successful and return interest on the money invested in the company.  And he was successful at it.  The impression that he gave is that he would do the same with the Presidency – successfully lead the United States out of the current economic depression.

During his debate, Obama seemed to be disinterested, not following or defending points raised during the debate.  I do not believe that he looked at Romney once during the debate, looking down or at the moderator instead (I have no idea why, although I suspect that he was looking at the moderator for help).  He did not appear to be a leader, much less the President.  There was no commanding presence emanating from him.

Given the above, it’s no wonder that Romney was declared the winner of the first debate.

During the Vice-Presidential debate, the part that I found to be most disturbing was that Biden was constantly grinning, smirking, belittling, chuckling, and otherwise being rude and disrespectful of not only of his opponent, but of the moderator and the solemnity of the debate.  True, he was definitely more animated that Obama during his debate, but this was so over the top it made one wonder who this person was.  After all, this person is the next person in line to lead the country should something happen – and this is the best person that could be found?

For staying on topic and treating the debate with the seriousness and dignity of discussing issues, this debate should go to Ryan.  For treating the debate like a joke, Biden needs to take a time out in the corner.

An Opinion

Romney and Ryan appear to be seriously taking the responsibility of the campaign and the implications of being elected seriously.  They appear to be non-nonsense, let’s get it done for the American People.  Their images have been boosted by the compare and contrast provided by the debates, and their talking points are spot-on (at least from my perspective).

Obama and Biden cannot rest on their accomplishments over the past four years.  Their overall performance has been dismal, and the debates did not show independents many reasons for supporting them for the next four years.  Yes, they passed the stimulus for non-existent shovel-ready jobs, a 2,700-page healthcare reform that is mind-boggling in its scope and negative economic impact, and are overseeing a floundering economy with multiple foreign relations disasters.

I wasn’t sure about the Romney-Ryan ticket, but I feel better about these two being better able and capable of leading this country than the current administration.  I know there is pain coming, but which is going to be better for the long run?  And if you, the voter, seriously think about the past non-accomplishments of the current administration (which ran on the “Hope and Change” mantra and no specifics) vs. the stated plans of the challengers, I believe that the right choices would be for the challengers.

As a side note, the series that I was planning on writing will not make it in time for the elections.  However, it will be coming out in drips and drabs over the next few months.  I just have no time nor the number of followers to make it a priority.

The Best Intentions…

…Often don’t materialize.

I had planned on starting a series of posts this week, and nothing has come together.  Work and personal life have taken up more time that I anticipated.

My mother-in-law has been diagnosed with Alzheimers this past week.  My wife is not taking it well, even though we have suspected it for some time.  Her phone conversations with her mother have not gone well over the past couple of months with my wife often having to repeat herself & the mother-in-law not able to follow the dialogue.

However, I do need to make a comment on the debate…

Mitt Romney looked very strong, and President Obama looked lost.  The Liberal media is losing their collective minds over their hero’s lack of command.  Romney has a long way to go, though, because one debate does not mean that he will win the election.

Be well, everyone.