Barack’s EGO Cost Him The Debate [And It CAN Cost Him The Election Too]

Last night, like most grown adults in North America, tuned into the presidential debate to watch, what we thought, would be a beat-down of Tyson v. Holmes proportions. Instead what we got was a Hoosiers style upset, where the favoured team lost, not so much because they were outplayed by a better opponent, but because they UNDERESTIMATED their opponent. Obama’s lethargic, uninspired and ultimately charismatic-less performance could be summed up in ONE word: HUBRIS.

And for those of you who disagree with me that Barack lost the debate, you either watched a COMPLETELY different debate than I did, or you are judging it off grounds that DON’T MATTER. This is an election, and the point is to accumulate the most votes, and in the United States of America, accumulating votes is NOT predicated on being the most honest, statistically correct or factually honest – it’s almost ALL about STYLE over SUBSTANCEand Barack severely lacked BOTH.

Now I’m NOT saying that Romney’s debate win has got Barack on the ropes and has catapulted Mitt ahead in the polls (yet), but this was a W for the Republican party for ONE simple reason: Tonight should have been the Romney campaign’s DEATH BLOW. If this was Mortal Kombat, Mitt was spinning around dazed and unconscious on his feet while the words FINISH HIM blared on the screen in deep blood red. The blows should have included:

1) The fact that Romney has categorically disclaimed 47% of the country as free-loading douchebags who don’t deserve his time or attention.

2) Mitt’s EXTENSIVE history of cutting jobs during his time at Bain Capital.

3) Mitt’s unwillingness to pay an equal tax percent, even though he makes tens of millions of dollars.

4) The Republicans class wars on homosexuals, women, and immigrants.

5) The fact that OBAMACARE IS ROMNEYCARE.

6) The fact that HE got Osama and is slowly but surely scaling the troops back to end the wars America is in.

And if he stated those points with the passion that we saw he debate and deliver speeches with in 2008, he would have been the CLEAR winner and may have wrapped this election up to the point where he could have phoned in the final month like taking knees at the end of a football game. But instead Obama floundered through the debate, stumbled over his words, allowed Romney to state numerous mistruths RIGHT TO HIS FACE, and even let MITT [of all damn people] take HIM to task over HIS record in office.

Obama’s thoughts after Mitt’s unexpected showing…

Obama prattled on about personal stories about people he met on the road, which worked in 2008, but seemingly had little to NO effect in this debate. The reality is, many people are willing to blame the last four years of economic strife on Bush’s screw-ups, which Dubya rightfully deserves, but now people want to hear about POLICY instead of PERSONAL ALLEGORIES. But ultimately Barack’s DELIVERY is what lost him this debate. The idea that it seemed he would rather have been laid up under his wife on their anniversary, or even playing NBA 2K13 with Kobe Bryant, appears to be the TRUTH of the matter because his head nor his heart were into it. It just FELT like Barack stopped taking Romney seriously. But he needs to remember that Americans WILL elect the interesting idiot over the boring intellectual EVERY time, and you don’t have to go back to Dubya v. Gore to realize that – just start with Reagan in 1980.

In 1980, Reagan and incumbent president Jimmy Carter were head to head in the polls after their primaries, even though the majority of the country was UPSET at how Carter was running the country (sound familiar?) and Reagan [the underdog] ended up WINNING the election because of his OPTIMISM – the same optimism Mitt showed last night. The very same optimism that made Obama win in a landslide in 2008 – and the very same optimism he did NOT have last night. The STUPIDEST thing liberals can do is ASSUME that the rest of the country will see through Mitt and deny him their vote. Although Romney is still behind in popular polls, you may be surprised at how much ground he truly gained.

I realize that this was only one debate, but the fact that Mitt has pulled his campaign out of the gutter, re-energized his base (who had a LOT of concerns about him and his staff) and impressed some anti-intellectual undecided voters, has given him something Obama could have EASILY beat out of him tonight:

Hope.

This Is Your Conscience

When Lincoln Anthony Blades is not writing for his controversial and critically acclaimed blog ThisIsYourConscience.com, he can be found contributing articles for Uptown Magazine. Lincoln wrote the hilarious and insightful book "You're Not A Victim, You're A Volunteer: How To Stop Letting Love Kick Your Ass". He is also a public speaker who has sat on panels all over North America and the Caribbean.

38 Comments

  1. lincolnanthonyblades

    10/04/2012 at 4:58 AM

    Ladies & Gentlemen, What Did YOU Think About Last Nights Debate? Who Do YOU Think Won?

  2. mena

    10/04/2012 at 7:36 AM

    The moderator sucked. ASS. He didn't have control of the debate from the beginning. Obama couldn't get what was in his head out of his mouth. Romney looked like a smug bastard whereas Obama just looked bored to death. I don't think it was about his ego but more about how he just didn't want to be there. They have a few more rounds but Obama definitely didn't go HAM and didn't call Romney out (except on healthcare) on much of anything.

    Also, one of my friends said it best, not too many people truly care about the debates but both parties still need to come out and show that they care.

    Mitt wasn't interesting and didn't deliver any significant blows. In fact, Mitt was just blah. It was the fact that Obama didn't attack that had me puzzled.

  3. Lia

    10/04/2012 at 7:54 AM

    You said exactly what I was thinking: he underestimated him opponent. Talk about an upset…I mean, I am an Obama supporter, but let's get real: he lost the debate. I was confused, I felt like that should have been the clencher. He didn't refute enough of what Romney put out there, I didn't even like the way he put out a lot of his own positions. I know the rules of debate (even this poorly moderated one), but he had to know that Romney was not about to stay the course. He needed to be able to roll with the punches and deliver some, and I just don't think that he did it the right way this time around. Because I actually read newspapers and figures, I knew what he was speaking on. But the average everyday idiot out there, all of that information simply went right over their heads.

    He better come correct with this next debate.

  4. pe.riche.

    10/04/2012 at 10:17 AM

    I have to agree. As an Obama supporter, I was surprised by his lackluster enthusiasm. But neither candidate really produced or shared any new information. It was like they were talking around each other, and didn't feel like they were on the same stage at all. To me, the debate seemed tragically rehearsed.

    Honestly, however, I am not really worried about Obama. This is the same candidate that beat out some of the most seasoned political figures with the most enviable rapports (Hillary, Bill, and John McCain, back when he was actually a viable candidate).

    The moderator, Jim Lehrer, was truly awful. I think after the Big Bird comment he just gave up all hope. Gwen Ifill, the moderator for the 2008 VP Debates, should've moderated this one, too. She had control over the tempo of the debates and wasn't afraid of the nominees.

    But I'm actually more excited about the VP debates. Uncle Joe is going to say something really crazy, then defend his initial statements with something even more outlandish.

  5. Abu Husain

    10/04/2012 at 12:50 PM

    Mitt did a good job. Obama looked flat and lost at some points. Instead of coming with decent facts or at least talking points, he brings up anecdotes about his grandmother. He could have went after Mitt when it came to SS, but he said they both have the same plan!

    Mitt did not look like the cold, heartless, greedy businessman that "likes to fire people". They had to debate the issues, not resort to personal attacks. When it comes to domestic policy, Pres Obama doesn't have a record he can boast about. Even the points you memtioned about the 47 (referring to people to focus on during the presidential race), cutting jobs at Bain (can't really blame him, blame NAFTA), his taxes (he pays a capital gains tax which SHOULD be lower than an income tax to encourage investments), etc. He couldn't really mention the other things because they were personal attacks or foreign policy issues
    It didn't matter if you checked to left or right wing channels, they all said Romney won (watching Chris Mathews' nervous breakdown was hilarious). I think it was a good way for him to energize the GOP base and get Republicans or libertarians like myself who were on the fence to go out anf actually vote for him. My vote won't really matter here in Cali (which is dominated by dems), but it makes a big difference in states where it's neck and neck. Romney isn't known for debating, buy Ryan is. I can't wait to see how that one turns out.

  6. Diana

    10/04/2012 at 2:19 PM

    Yeah. Since so much of the American electorate doesn't read or listen, if we are going with the idea that 'might is right', then Mittens won. I think that Obama's problem will always be that he's "too smart". And I don't mean that in a bad or arrogant way, but that he clearly doesn't like talking to fools. Especially fools who lie right out the gate and then double down by contradicting their own selves. And Obama's attitude and corresponding affect is like, "I'ont have time for this mess. And it's my anniversary, too?!? Puh-lease." He relies on people to have the same level of critical thinking and common sense, but we all know that ain't common…

  7. MistaHarsh

    10/04/2012 at 2:55 PM

    I agree with Abu. Obama can't really toot his horn about the last four years, he has to ask for more time. Romney has the advantage of saying "tell us what you did?" and then having the luxury of saying "well that didn't do a damn thing". I think Obama was waiting for Mitt to have a gaffe of epic proportions and it just never happened. Mitt spoke decisively and showed an agressive(interruptions and all) confidence.

    What I don't understand is that they both kept saying how similar they were. If their policies are similar then all we have to differentiate is style and Obama right now is going to lose that battle.

    Obama needs to toot his horn on his accomplishments and show haste and stop being so self aware(he needs to drink the same confidence juice GW Bush drank in his second term campaign)

  8. Arbor

    10/04/2012 at 3:19 PM

    I don't understand how anyone can say that Mitt Romney won when all he did was lie and contradict everything he proposed while campaigning for the past couple of months.

    Check the facts. i.e, Romney said Barack doubled the deficit. The deficit was at 1.4 trillion in 2009, the year Barack was elected. As of last week the deficit is estimated to be 1.1 trillion. The deficit has decrease significantly from 10.1% to 7.3% This proves that Mitt doesn't know what the hell is he talking about or he is really bad at math. Either way, someone that ignorant didn't win last night.

    We can go over the entire debate and fact check anything Romney said and then we can have a conversation over who really won.

    Mitt would do or say anything for the sale. A true businessman at it's finest. To believe everything Mitt said last night and to say he won, now that's anti-intelligent.

  9. Arbor

    10/04/2012 at 3:43 PM

    The analogy of Carter and Reagan to Barack and Romney is not the right choice if you are trying to prove a point.

    Reagan came in and did his job, just like Barack and decrease the top individual income tax from 70 to 28 percent. Reagan led the biggest tax reform effort in history.

  10. Kenya

    10/04/2012 at 4:06 PM

    I went into this debate with an unbreakable desire to support Obama. I voted for him before and planned to do so again. Once the debate started, I began to really worry. I think that Barack clearly underestimated Mitt Romney so he didn't prepare for this debate as he should have. He wanted to bury Mitt by pushing the issue of Mitt's inability to clearly define his economic plan. Mitt came prepared for that discussion. While really not being specific about what measures he would take, he was able to clearly give the American public a point by point vaguely-disguised-as-specific plan for improving the economy. Obama's attempts to discredit Romney's strategy was met with denial by Romney minus a strong rebuttal in return from Obama. Barack should have been prepared for this possibility. Instead Obama, continued to regurgitate information taken from a single study in the most ineffective way possible. Romney just kept ignoring the moderator and Obama while restating his points. The President seemed unable to make a clear case for how he would indeed turn this country around either.

    When comparing both candidates and their platforms during the debate, Romney was able to appeal to those that are truly unhappy about the state of our economy and the enormous amount of debt that this country has. This is an issue that crosses party lines. If not, then it should. We cannot continue to go on at this pace. Period. Obama really didn't show that he was willing to fight for his own plan. The only thing that he seemed prepared to speak up for was ObamaCare. Not jobs, not national debt, not much else.

    After last night, I saw that Romney won this round. Obama better be ready to come out swinging next time around and up to Election Day.

  11. Nightfall

    10/04/2012 at 6:32 PM

    This debate was like Romney hitting an in the part solo homerun in the 5th Inning but still being down by 4 runs. It feels good in the moment but when you step and look at how he did it. Lies, flip flops and illogical claims, so its like his homerun was do to an error on the other teams part.

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