Did He Do What Needed to be Done

    In last night’s first presidential debate of 2012 nothing had the dramatic impact of Ronald Reagan’s spontaneous and memorable quips, “There you go again!” when attacked by Jimmy Carter in 1980 and in 1984, when asked about his age by an obviously mature and experienced Walter Mondale, he replied naturally, “I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.” Nothing | Read More »

    The First Debate

    Someone I talked to today said: “I’ll also say that a “tie” in this debate, a foreign policy debate which is supposedly McCain’s specialty, means that Obama won.” Yes you would. And you did. And everyone you know has said the same thing. This morning in many columns, in many newspapers, reporters said the same thing I’ve been thinking about the debate, as I’ve gone | Read More »

    Did I Watch the Right Debate?

    Shocking. That’s the only word to describe the response of the media and some samples observed with “undecided” voters. Most of the night tonight Barack Obama tonight seemed completely flustered and totally out of his element. He smiled sarcastically, he interrupted, he offered incoherent answers to Jim Lehrer’s questions. Put simply, he looked like he didn’t belong on the same stage with John McCain. Even | Read More »