I'm feeling good about the presidential election. Let's have it tomorrow, not in two weeks. Obama whipped Romney's ass tonight, just like he did in the second debate.
Don't believe me. Believe the snap polls.
CBS: Obama won - 53% Romney won - 23%
PPP: Obama won - 53% Romney won - 42%
CNN: Obama won - 48% Romney won - 40%
The CBS poll was of undecided voters, so that's great news for Obama. Wow, he beat Romney by more than two to one among those who may tilt the election one way or the other.
Romney looked lip-smackingly nervous, tentative, cautious, and over-eager to appear more moderate than he really is. Never loath to pander, Romney willingness to flip-flop was on full display tonight.
For example, at the second debate he criticized Obama for setting a firm deadline for an American withdrawal for Afghanistan, the end of 2014. Romney said he supported that goal, but as president would evaluate the policy as conditions demanded.
Tonight, though, he mind-melded with Obama. December 31, 2014 became a hard and fast withdrawal date. I enjoyed the vision of neo-con heads exploding as they watched Romney cave on his previous positions.
Because on virtually every foreign policy issue, Romney agreed with Obama. Romney doesn't want to go to war with Iran except as a very last resort. He doesn't want American troops in Syria. Over and over, we heard "I agree with the president."
The few strong criticisms of Obama were based on lies. Obama's "apology tour" around the Middle East is a Pants on Fire lie. The lie that our military superiority is at risk because of a weakened Navy and Air Force also earned a Pants on Fire from PolitiFact.
My favorite part of the debate was when Obama called Romney out on his disgraceful lack of understanding how military power works. The prospect of Romney being commander-in-chief is scary. He's clueless about military matters.
I loved this exchange.
At one point, when Mr. Romney complained that the Navy “is smaller now than any time since 1917,” Mr. Obama pounced and noted that the comparison works only if aircraft carriers are equated with gunboats. “We also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military has changed,” the president said.
Slowing his words, he added sarcastically: “We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go under water, nuclear submarines. And so the question is not a game of Battleship, where we are counting ships.”
Still, it's going to be a nail-biter of an election.
Tonight I just feel a lot less worried that I'm going to lose all of my nails on November 6. At the moment Five Thirty Eight has Obama with a 70.1% chance of winning re-election. That could rise to 75% or 80% with a 1/2 or full percentage point boost in national polling for Obama.
We'll see how polling goes this week. It seems very unlikely that tonight's debate is going to hurt Obama. He looked a heck of a lot more presidential and commander-in-chief'ish than Romney.
What foreign leader would ever trust Romney, given his innumerable "etch a sketch" flip-flops? The guy is willing to say anything, at any time, principles be damned. That's a dangerous quality in a president.