The Winner By Knock-Out: Mitt Romney

CNN Poll: Most watchers say Romney debate winner

Two-thirds of people who watched the first presidential debate think that Republican nominee Mitt Romney won the showdown, according to a nationwide poll conducted Wednesday night.

According to a CNN/ORC International survey conducted right after the debate, 67% of debate watchers questioned said that the Republican nominee won the faceoff, with one in four saying that President Barack Obama was victorious.

I have to admit, I was really surprised last night. Not by Obama – he performed about like I expected, but then I didn’t expect much. He’s really not a very good debater. (For that matter he’s not very good at anything.) Hillary beat him repeatedly and his performance against John McCain was really overrated.

But I had fairly low expectations for Romney as well. I was unimpressed with his performances in the primary debates and he’s not a great speechifier either. I basically hoped he would look presidential and not make any mistakes. Like Rocky Balboa I just wanted him to go the distance.

So there I am expecting Clark Kent and Superman showed up instead. Someone forgot to tell Mitt he’s not a good debater. He was in full alpha male mode and he easily dominated the two beta males that shared the stage with him.

As my grandma would say, “Mitt opened a big can o’ whoopass on him.” Even the Obamafluffers at MSNBC admitted it.

But don’t take my word for it, hear what this focus group had to say:

UPDATE: Full debate transcript here.

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120 Responses to The Winner By Knock-Out: Mitt Romney

  1. myiq2xu says:

    I can’t help it, I just love watching this over and over again:

    • DM says:

      I don’t know how to post images (tried, never works) but this CNN image shows that Obama used more time than Romney, but Romney was more effective with his remarks.

      Speaking time by candidate:
      Obama: 42:50
      Romney: 38:32

    • DandyTiger says:

      Ah, such a good meltdown. I just love how he keeps scolding Obama for not watching cable news, esp. MSNBC. And that Obama could learn a lot.

      Sweet, sweet smell of delusion running smack into reality.

    • mcnorman says:

      ME too. I hear Sesame Street music as background music when I watch this. Isn’t that nuts?

    • leslie says:

      I saved it to my favorites last night. I’m gonna watch it every time I tink my head will explode so Tweety can do it for me. 😉

    • bluestate says:

      i got to the end of the debate, and i was sitting there, not knowing who would be declared the winner, wishing romney had been more aggressive with obama than he was. then i saw the nearly unanimous misery on the left, and i slowly realized that what romney did was truly masterful. by carefully slicing away at obama while maintaining a gentlemanly, likeable demeanor and not doing anything that could be construed as a gaffe, romney gave the obama cultists nothing to cling to, and he finally accomplished what no one has been able to accomplish yet, and that is to reveal even to some of the most delusional obamabots, if only for an evening, that the emperor indeed has no clothes.

      i’ve always known that, so to me, i was sitting there thinking that although romney did well, obama gave one of his better performances. but the obama that exists in the heads of the chris matthewses and andrew sullivans of the world is an entirely different figure than the obama i have known for the last four years. and the man behind the curtain was exposed to them for the first time last night. we have romney’s incredibly precise execution of a well-chosen strategy to thank for that. watching their meltdowns really is glorious.

      what’s better is that hopefully it will have an effect on the non-obamabot population. i was surprised to see that a clear majority of people polled prior to the debate thought that obama would win it. i guess people in general see obama as presidential because he is the president and because the media has spent four years building him up. i hope this changes some minds.

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  4. SYD says:

    Mitt had his CEO hat on last evening. And we saw why he has been successful. In everything he has done.


    • mcnorman says:

      I don’t understand why the left has such a huge problem with his success? This is called leadership. His is a history of doing and knowing. Barry’s is as a community organizer with all the talking points in the world pandering in different accents.

      • leslie says:

        I wish people would stop talking about Obama being a community organizer. We organizers actually are organized, thoughtful, and prepared when we have to confront issues or present solutions or bring people together. Obama is an opportunist who is focused on what is good for Obama.

        Said with utmost respct for mcnorman (as you know I’m one of your long time fans)

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  6. indigogrrl1 says:

    dear gawd what a smackdown. it must have been effective. my FB is full of “ROMNEY is a lying liar so SHUT UP is WHY! ” complete with graphics and such.

    Nov 6 can not come fast enough.

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  9. cj says:

    Here’s how good he was; the entire motley crew on Morning Joe is slobbering over themselves in effusive praise. Barnicle, Meecham, Mika, Joe, Heilman & the other idiot from Politico. It’s almost nauseating to watch.

  10. DandyTiger says:

    “A statement followed by a question, separated by a colon; an effective journalistic technique?” (The Onion)

    • fif says:

      I won’t give him the hit, but my favorite headline from Sullivan’s piece. “It was a disaster!” HA HA HA!! This is sweet!

  11. My FB page is eerily devoid of politicking this morning. Did all the opimps die of heart attacks or were they all admitted to the psych ward?

  12. Glennmcgahee says:

    At last some people are recognizing that Obama is really disinterested in his job. He’d rather read someone else’s speech and give us anecdote, knowing or caring little about the facts. It was clear last night that most people including the pundits are seeing Obama for the person he is (or isn’t). Not the narrative that has been created of him by the media.
    I didn’t expect much from the President and thats exactly what I got. I like the idea of the man just not the man himself. He was not ready for the job and I believe after 4 years he knows it.

    • votermom says:

      The press just realized that they have no president.

    • Lulu says:

      I will go even further. Obama is not interested, nor has he ever been, interested in any job. He does not like work but he likes titles,pay and perks. This is one of the longest jobs he has ever held. He skips on to the next job before he can be fired. If he had followed his life long pattern he would not have run again.

      Obama was advised not be be sarcastic and nasty. He hates Romney (as he hates pretty much everyone) and he was attempting to mask it by keeping his head down and not looking at him. It came off badly. He was so outclassed in this debate that he will have to go full on nasty in the next debate to re-energize his base who feel like shit today. That will not work either. He lost his marketing veneer last night and that is all he has ever had.

      • myiq2xu says:

        Barack Obama was woefully unprepared to be president. Even worse, he had no idea how deep over his head he was.

        George Bush was right – presidentin’ is hard. Even with a great staff the workload is incredible. Hillary knew that because she had seen how hard Bill worked. Mitt Romney understands it because he knows how hard it is to run a big company.

        When you are the boss of something big (like the federal government) there is so much stuff coming at you just trying to keep on top of day-to-day events is impossible.

        • Honora says:

          Reagan was able to pull off presidenting without breaking a sweat. Maybe the alzheimers allowed him to skate through. I really couldn’t stand Reagan and hated his ‘folksy’ stuff, but I have to admit that it worked on many. I think that Reagan and Obama have the same view of the presidency, let other people do the work and you give the speeches. I think the difference is that Reagan actually liked people, Obama just wants to be president. If people would simply let him eat his waffles, all would be ok.

      • fif says:

        Honk! And just like when Hillary actually used substance to call him on his con, he will get really pissy and emotional and that will definitely not come off well. He’s lucky he has a chance to cool down. It will be interesting. Even my father, who is not an Obot, but a diehard Dem said it “was over in 5 minutes,” and he said it reminded him of other elections when you knew the moment someone had lost.

        • myiq2xu says:

          The last time anybody really challenged Obama was the Pennsylvania debate in April 2008. Afterwards his supporters wanted to boycott ABC and Obama refused to do anymore debates with Hillary.

        • Lulu says:

          Morning Joe had the egg suckers they call journalists talking about Obama surrounding himself with yes men and toadies. The result was what was seen last night when Obama was challenged over everything idiotic he endlessly expounds upon. These bastards have known that he is an empty suit propped up by them and there amazement that he essentially lost the election last night was obvious. If this group is representative the press is walking. They cannot afford to back such a loser.

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  14. votermom says:

    Mitt’s campaign round up of reviews full of tasty media exploding heads

    BuzzFeed’s Michael Hastings: “For Weeks, President Obama’s Advisers Have Been Lowering Expectations … Maybe The Expectations Weren’t Low Enough.”

  15. yttik says:

    As usual Obama has lots of empty words strung together in random order that don’t even create an idea.

    Some of those pretty words trigger all these warm and fuzzy feelings in some Obama supporters. They don’t seem to realize that Obama will deliver the exact opposite, “feed the poor” becomes calories restricted diets for free lunch kids. It’s the law of unintended consequences more than anything else. He will speak empty words about poverty and he will bring about more poverty. He will speak empty words about ending the war and he will bring about more war.

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  17. carol haka says:

    Romney giving major foreign policy speech next week while Hillary is called to the hill to explain why they lied while people died. Doesn’t. Look good for the liar-in-chief. 👿

    • indigogrrl1 says:

      Last night is bittersweet for me because it really hit home that there will be no Hillary Clinton presidency. If Mitt wins we’re looking at 8 years… if Obama wins he is taking her down. Actually he already has with this mess.

      Feeling really really cheated. 😦

      • votermom says:

        This betrayal is one of the reasons why I want the Dem Party completely destroyed.

      • Honora says:

        I agree, but after last night I do feel like America needs eight years of Romney and his pragmatic leadership. Hillary would have provided it as well, but the DNC knew better than the Democratic voters.

        • gxm17 says:

          ITA. I think Mitt will be in for eight years because he’ll do a good job. I just hope he doesn’t do too good of a job, especially where reproductive rights are concerned. But he strikes me as a very, very capable man with a strong vision, which will be a great improvement over the last twelve years.

        • Glennmcgahee says:

          I always remember that Hillary serves at the pleasure of the president. It does not mean that she is happy with the direction given to her but that she is doing the best she can with what she’s been given to work with. I truly believe that she will be more than willing to speak up about all that when her term ends. She has said she is unwilling to continue even if Obama wins. That should tell you something right there.
          I’ll just say again I’m happy she is there. What if Samantha Power had been given the position or Susan Rice for that matter. I think Hillary accepted to be on the inside. She’s gonna write a book……..
          As for the ME and Obama’s support for the Arab Spring, all I can say is take a look:

      • Erica says:

        I was struggling with that too, watching Mitt take down 0 in the way he so deserves; and while relishing that, grieving again the loss of Hillary. There were many moments when I thought how much like Hillary Mitt was in his demeanor. Smart, focused, on point, fearless. The way he described working across the aisle was almost verbatim how I’ve heard Hillary described by members of Congress, and she was so effective that Rove put out an order to the Repubs to stop working with her–she was getting too much done.

        I will never lose the disgust I feel toward the Dem party for what they did to her, to us, to the country.

        Mitt had a lot of women in his admin in Mass. Lots of Dems, too. If he wins, and I think he’s got a great shot at this point, I hope he’ll offer her something fitting in his administration. Doubt she’d take it, but damn, I think they would accomplish a lot together.

    • cj says:

      I would not be surprised if Obama tries to pull another Bin Laden out of his hat in Libya while both he & Hill stonewall Congress. Let everyone grumble about no FBI investigation on the ground while covert operatives are busy rounding up suspects, something he’ll proudly announce right before the foreign policy debate.

      If it’s not Libya, it’s going to be something else, maybe Syria or Iran. I just have a sick feeling about it. .

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  19. carol haka says:

    Michelle Malcolm declares yesterday “National Empty Podiumn Day”. 👿

  20. driguana says:

    Two things became more apparent after this debate. One, what a shill the “progressive” (regressive, really)media has been for Obama. And, two, the fact that Obama had virtually no experience to become the president of this country. In reviewing this in my mind, I ask again, what economic or fiscal experience did he have? Foreign policy experience? Management experience? Private sector experience? Ethical experience? On and on, and the answer is none. Did we pass through some kind of twilight zone mist? And still, some continue to say what a great speaker he is…..really? He’s a horrible speaker.

    The headline in this morning’s Santa Fe New Mexico reads in part….”Aggressive Romney, professional Obama spar….” You call that “professional”??? I call it confused, ill-advised and ill-prepared.

    • indigogrrl1 says:

      “uuuhhhh”” plus “AANNNDD”

      my 12 year old keeps inserting a loud AND with run on sentences when he is trying to get his way.

    • Mary says:

      I’d call it petulant Obama. No eye contact, smirks, terrible body language. What kind of man won’t even make eye contact with his opponent? A childish, petulant one. Ugh.

      • Mary says:

        This may very well be the way he has treated Republicans and world leaders (think Netanyahu, especially). Splains a lot.

        • mcnorman says:

          That picture of the Dalai Lama leaving by the back door walking past all of the trash is exactly what the manchild is all about. It matters not that they be Republicans, Jews, etc. This presidency has been about him. He is insulated (thanks to his gal pal Val). 4 more years of this crap and we might as well sink like Atlantis.

    • yttik says:

      I think I have a bit more understanding of Obots now. They hear those empty words, some of them pretty words, and have this Pavlov dog reaction. Obama says, “we’re going to the mountain top on a bunny with a pancake on his head!” and all they hear is “mountain top” which makes them think of civil rights, MLK, peace, equality…and their eyes glaze over and they think about what a great orator Obama is.

    • Just a minor annoyance. Shouldn’t they be saying “professorial”? Obama isn’t a professional in anything but rhetoric.

  21. carol haka says:

    Obama did have a good point about him lowering people’s tax burden. The last full year of work I had, 2008, I paid approximately 47k in income tax, max amt in medicare and ss. I still have the approximate 9k in property taxes that are being paid by having leased my beautiful house I got to purchase for myself after raising a child practically by mysellf and caring for a mother for upteen years. I have saved o sales tax as I don’t purchase anything that is absolutely vital. No hotel or rental car or airline taxes on any vacation. 👿 yep, he reduced my tax burdens significantly! Thank you oh great one.

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  24. votermom says:

    good write-up

    • Karma says:

      With a “They Live” nod….lol

      Last night the GOP contender showed up to kick butt and chew bubblegum, but unfortunately for Barack Obama, Romney was all out of bubblegum.

  25. DeniseVB says:

    Just watche Bill Hemmer interview Obama’s traveling press secretary who basically said “Mitt Romneys attacks did not overshadow Obama’s substance”. Huh? Another Jay Carney in training.

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  27. Lulu says:

    The Republicans are sharpening their message. Rubio was just on Fox in a video clip saying “he just doesn’t understand the economy. He does not understand how jobs are created. He has no idea.” This line of attack against Obama after his cluelessness exhibited in the debate is devastating because it is so obviously true.

    • Lulu says:

      Herman Cain just said the exact same thing that Rubio said. It is the Republican talking point of the day. Obama does not know and does not know that he doesn’t know.

  28. leslie says:

    Reagan was able to pull off presidenting without breaking a sweat. Maybe the alzheimers allowed him to skate through. I really couldn’t stand Reagan and hated his ‘folksy’ stuff, but I have to admit that it worked on many. I think that Reagan and Obama have the same view of the presidency, let other people do the work and you give the speeches. I think the difference is that Reagan actually liked people, Obama just wants to be president. If people would simply let him eat his waffles, all would be ok.”

    Great comment. I felt/feel the same about Reagan and Obama. Neither should have been president, but Reagan was an actor and even if he didn’t like people, he acted like he did. AND he acted like a president. Too bad TehOnce isn’t even a good actor.

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  30. leslie says:

    Erica ~ You can watch the repeat of the debate online @ CSPAN.

    • Erica says:

      Thanks, leslie! I found a good video on you tube. No split screen or anything, but fine. I just finished watching, and wow. So many good parts, but my favorite moment was when 0 said Romney would have a very busy first day if he was going to repeal 0care and talk to everyone on the hill. I thought to myself: 0 just said Romney would win! He must believe it, even if just subconsciously.

  31. t says:

    Ugh, I’m happy that Obama was revealed last night. I’m not really happy that we either have Republican or incompetent Republican lite as choices. The pleasure of this tiny revealing win aside, we, as a country, are screwed.

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