Mitt Romney schooled President Obama last Wednesday night. He made Obama look weak, small, and childlike. Obama was listless, uninspiring, could not look Romney in the eyes, and worst of all, he could not muster the confidence or energy to defend his own record.
The whole nation saw it — it was almost as if Romney was debating an empty chair.
Worse, an empty chair without a teleprompter.
It all ended for Obama on Wednesday night. Mitt Romney is not only the smartest guy in the room (by far), he proved it on that presidential debate stage.
Mitt Romney was at ease. He was smiling. He was willing to look Obama right in the eye, debunk his lies, and take the fight to him. Mitt stayed on message. It was as if Mitt’s debate coach was James Carville — the message was “It’s the economy, stupid.” And with an economy this bad, it isn't hard to figure out who the stupid one in the room is. It's the guy in charge.
I made a bold prediction four months ago on media across this nation — that Mitt Romney was on his way to a landside victory over Barack Obama. I called it a repeat of Reagan’s landslide over incumbent President Jimmy Carter. Don’t look now, but that prediction just became reality.
Obama has had an easy campaign until last night. He was able to avoid hard questions. His media tour was dominated by "The View" and "morning zoo" radio shows. It’s easy to lie when you are speaking to journalists who are gushing fans of your ultra-liberal policies.
But it isn't so easy to lie on that stage, with the nation watching, with your opponent staring at you. Obama’s lies, myths, and misrepresentations about Romney’s tax and budget plans were all debunked on that stage Wednesday night.
Of course the great zinger that exposed Obama’s lies was when Mitt said that raising five boys had prepared him for hearing things that aren’t true, and then hearing the lie repeated over and over again to try to make it appear true.
Every parent in America was smiling and nodding.
Mitt won the debate by looking presidential and staying focused on distinct targeted messages.
First, that he will cut taxes without adding to the deficit, and will never raise taxes on the middle class. Ever.
Romney made Obama look downright silly when he pointed out that Obama himself said in 2010 that you can't raise taxes in a bad economy, yet now things are even worse, and Obama wants to raise taxes.
Second, Romney said that what matters above all else now is jobs. That is Mitt’s priority. And you can only create jobs by growing the economy. And you can only grow the economy by keeping taxes low, cutting regulations, and reducing the size of the government.
Third, that Obama is the one hurting seniors by cutting over $700 billion from Medicare. Mitt will protect Medicare and change nothing for current recipients. Obama is endangering it. Suddenly every senior in America was reassured this is not a man with a radical plan, nor should they ever fear losing their Medicare or Social Security.
Fourth, that Obama promised to cut the debt in half, but instead he doubled it. Romney called it immoral to keep spending more than we take in. Did you see the look on Obama’s face? Did you see his body language? He looked like a defeated man. He looked like he wanted to be anywhere but on that stage defending his record. Of course that's because his record on debt and spending is in fact indefensible.
Fifth, Romney pointed out that Obamacare will cost $2500 more per family, and that it will kill jobs. Obamacare will make it less likely that small business will hire people. Romney used something that befuddles Obama — facts. He pointed out that the CBO predicts that 20 million Americans will lose their current insurance under Obamacare.
You could almost hear millions of Americans who are happy with their current insurance, standing and cheering for Romney.
Then Romney went for the kill. He pointed out that Mr. Obama wasted his first two years on Obamacare, something the majority of Americans didn’t even want, in the middle of an economic tragedy, when jobs should have been his priority. He squandered his two years when he should have been fighting for jobs for the American people.
You could feel the life ebb out of Obama. He looked so small, he almost disappeared.
But the line of the night that completely emasculated Obama was, “Yes, Mr. President, your spending does show your priorities. You spent $90 billion on green-energy tax breaks. That’s like 50 years of tax breaks to oil companies. You gave $90 billion to companies like Solyndra. You could have hired 2 million teachers with that money.”
Romney looked and sounded like a president. He showcased his CEO leadership skills. Obama was depressed, befuddled, stumbling, bumbling, and fumbling throughout the night. He wasn’t presidential, even though he's the president. He was a man out of his league (and out of his chair).
Maybe next time David Axelrod should just send the empty chair.
In the end Jim Lehrer had the best line of the night when he tried to stop Obama from going over his allotted time. He said, “Mr. President, your time is up.”
Truer words have never been spoken.
Wayne Allyn Root is a former Libertarian vice presidential nominee. He is the best-selling author of "The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold & Tax Cuts." Read more reports from Wayne Allyn Root — Click Here Now.
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