The Rockefeller Republican Wins Big

The Rockefeller Republican Wins Big

Posted in the Minneapolis Forum

Smart Liberal

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Oct 4, 2012
There is no question that Mitt Romney won this debate, and won it big. He was crisp, and he struck a good balance of being on the offensive without being offensive. Obama was hardly even there half the time. He seemed as if he just wandered in off the street.

Everyoneís writing and tweeting about Romneyís superior preparation and so on, and all thatís true, but that isnít the real reason he won the debate so thoroughly. The real key? Romney did something last night that I didnít expect him to do, and obviously Obama didnít expect him to do. He suddenly became the moderate Massachusetts governor again.

In the process he disavowed or contradicted virtually everything heís been saying for the past 18 months. Heís not cutting taxes for the rich? Heís the savior of Medicaid? He loves community colleges and would never think about cutting their funding? And on and on and on and on. It was unbelievable.

Virtually every major assertion he made last night about his proposals was false. The tax discussion was stunning. There must be footage of him at one of the early GOP debates saying exactly the opposite of what he said last night. He does not, in fact, support letting all people with preexisting conditions have access to health insurance. Thereís a loophole in his position that would affect millions of sick people adversely. But he just says these things.

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