Thursday, October 04, 2012
The Battle of The Wonks
When it came to Obamacare, Romney hit hard. He noted the differences between the federal law and his own plan, called Romneycare, which was adopted in Massachusetts when he was Governor. Instead of shoving it down people's throat, he noted that Romneycare is a product of both major parties. "Something this big, this important, has to be done on a bi-partisan basis," he said.
His plan does not raise taxes. It imposes no cuts to medicare. No unelected board will decide what treatment you ought to have. People who have insurance are in no risk of losing it.
Obama, somewhat disingenuously, insisted that a law opposed by every single Republican is somehow bi-partisan. He argued that Romneycare “leaves people uninsured” and in a position “to fend for themselves,” while his own tries to make the cost of care more effective.
It was a tad wonkish by my standards, especially for the first forty or so minutes. For that reason, a lot of people might have tuned out.
Romney's debate performance will certainly help his campaign, but there are two debates to go.I'm interested in what you think. When you do, please let me know if you support Obama, Romney or are undecided. I was leaning heavily towards Obama, but am less so now.
Best Smile: Obama.
Best Haircut: Obama
Most Presidential: Tie
Most Arrogant: Obama scolds moderator Jim Lehrer for interrupting him.
Most Whiny: Romney keeps complaining about the debate rules.
Funniest one-liner: Romney. When Obama complained that he was spending his 20th wedding anniversary in a debate, Romney wisecracked, "I'm sure it’s the most romantic place you can imagine, here with me."
Worst visual: Obama looks down too much when Romney is speaking. (Obama was probably writing notes to himself).
Best Argument: Romney, discussing soaring food and gas prices, claimed it has amounted to an "economy tax" under Obama.