Why Obama lost to the Rockefeller Republican and other tales

- October 6th, 2012

A couple of pieces that caught my eye in the wake of the first U.S. presidential debate in Denver on Wednesday night.

First, Matt Miller, who worked in the Clinton White House, writes in the Washington Post that on Wednesday, “at long last came the full-throated return of the Rockefeller Republican many suspect is Romney’s true political nature.” Miller goes on to say:

If he wins, of course, Romney and his advisers will be hailed as geniuses for their timing, for bonding the party faithful to the ticket with the choice of Paul Ryan and a conservative-themed convention, and then dashing to the center for the home stretch.

Read the rest  Matt Miller: The audacity of Romney – The Washington Post.

Here’s David Frum, now a contributing editor to Newsweek and The Daily Beast but also famous as the Canadian who wrote some of Bush II’s speeches, writing today at The Daily Beast about why Obama Lost:

Mitt Romney dominated and Barack Obama stumbled in Denver Wednesday night. What went right for Romney and wrong for the president? These things:

Romney arrived with a strategic plan; Obama didn’t.

Romney was quick on his feet; Obama slow on his feet.

Romney showed EQ as well as IQ; Obama didn’t.

Read the rest: Why Obama Lost – The Daily Beast.

And finally, a Mother Jones reporter gets an explanation from a “top Obama campaign official” why Obama never hit Romney with the “47%” comment in that Mother Jones video:

Not that we wont talk about it again. We will. But [whats] most compelling [is] hearing it from Romney himself. Weve got that on the air at a heavy dollar amount in key states. And its sunk in. Ultimately the presidents goal last night was to speak past the pundits and directly to the undecided voter tuning in for the first time about the economic choice and his plans to restore economic security.

via Why Obama Didnt Mention the 47 Percent Video | Mother Jones.

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