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October 22, 2012

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I was disappointed there was no diagnosis of Romnesia during the debate. With all the mind-melding, they could've hailed Romney a miracle cure.

I reserve my comments until November 7th....

The presidential debate miniseries of four episodes has been a game-changer for Team Romney.

Debate 1: Unprecedented dramatic win for Romney resulting in obvious poll bump.

Debate 2 (VP): Biden gets the win, but at what cost? Romney poll bump sustained.

Debate 3: Obama gets the headline win, but internals show Romney far stronger on economy. Romney poll momentum continues.

Debate 4: Obama gets the win, but not without Romney repeatedly hammering him on the economy. People will ultimately vote their pocketbook. Romney poll momentum likely continues but isn’t entirely revealed until election day.

I’m looking for a reason to be more optimistic for Obama voters, but I keep coming back to what may be the most prescient comment on this topic to show up here at HinesSight. It was posted by tucson on 8/20/12 well before the first debate kick-started the racehorse in the polls:

“Not one American who voted for McCain 4 years ago will switch to Obama. Not one in all the land. Well, maybe one. But many millions of people who voted for an unknown Obama 4 years ago are angry, disillusioned, turned off, or scared about the future. Voters know Obama now and that is a bad harbinger.”

-AND-

“Few in America will wake up on election day saying, ‘I didn't vote for Obama 4 years ago, but he's done such a fantastic job, I can't wait to vote for him today.’ Does anyone feel that a vote for Obama makes their job more secure? Forget the polls. I sense this will be a historic landslide and a world-class repudiation of Obama's radical and risky socialist class-warfare agenda.”

http://hinessight.blogs.com/hinessight/2012/08/progressive-me-is-happy-with-romneys-paul-ryan-pick.html

Sincerely,
Big Oil

Remember, Romney jumped in Ohio by 20 points in the GOP primaries in one week for no apparent reason. Never underestimate the power of 248 million dollars. Ask Ron Paul and Rick Santorum.

This debate is not going to make much difference, imho. Basically it was a talking points exposition with a peevish O trying to score catch-up points in the final seconds of a game with the front runner R having a comfortable, if not insurmountable, lead. I think R looked like the incumbent, secure in his position, with O trying to make headway against him. O was like a fly buzzing around trying to be annoying while R mostly ignored him, kept his cool, and stayed on topic.

Also, R had more to lose at this point by playing the agressor and taking risks, like bringing up the Libya fiasco which is not yet thoroughly vetted and where he could end up putting his foot in his mouth. He was wise to let investigators and the media sort that one out further. Better to appear calm, reasonable and not rash to act concerning touchy issues such as Iran, Russia and Syria. This plays well with single female voters where they say R is still a bit behind. I think this was the R camp strategy. To look calm, in control, presidential and not aggressive, for the undecided women, and to hold his position. But O had to be aggressive. He even looked a bit Bidenish a few times with smug smirks and out of context attacks.

The fact is the United States of America is $16 trillion in debt under O's watch. That is the #1 national security emergency. Very inconvenient for the big government spending O. Very pesky indeed.

And and marines still train with bayonets.

I still think R will win.

I'm trying hard to feel bad about the fact that I have not voted in over 40 years.

I just can't do it.

Only the Grim Reaper will be able to wipe the smug smirk off of my face.

I will gladly accept the blame for whoever wins.

I didn't vote until I was in my 40's because I thought politics was BS. I still do, but these liars and grifters affect our bank accounts, the amount of blood spilled and the collective quality of life. So, I exercise what little power I have, hold my nose, and vote at arms length for the ones who at least appear to be a better choice than others.

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