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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Rumble in New York

You knew it was a momentous evening when the earth shook in one of Mitt Romney's home states hours before the debate. And you can have little doubt about the outcome after looking at the headline in one of his hometown's cheerleaders.

The post-debate spin clearly suggests the campaign narrative remains on track. That script calls for the poll leader to re-find his mojo after a close encounter with defeat. The commentariat on the left and right agree that last night's debate on Long Island followed the script.

The Boston Herald spent more time attacking moderator Candy Crowley than Obama, castigating her for acting as journalist by trying to hold both debaters accountable, That clearly is a tough standard for Our Man Myth, who shook his Etch a Sketch at the first debate in an effort to emerge as a Massachusetts Moderate.

On the left, Bob Kuttner scored it decisively:
Obama needed to remind voters that Romney is a very rich man out of touch with regular people, and he did that well. He got in Romney’s face and he got under his skin, but stopped just short of being overly aggressive.
He did just that as Romney churned out his latest version of reality, from the economy to foreign policy.  In a particularly pointed exchange over the administration's handling of the Benghazi consulate attack, Obama leveled the challenger:
“The suggestion that anybody in my team — whether the secretary of state, our UN ambassador, anybody on my team — would play politics or mislead when we’ve lost four of our own, governor, is offensive,” Obama said.

“That’s not what we do. That’s not what I do as president. That’s not what I do as commander in chief.”
Apparently the only person who didn't read the script was Crowley, who ignored the pre-game rules and asked both men follow-up questions, a tactic that doesn't sit well for Multiple Choice Mitt. Score one for journalism reborn.

The Great Narrative suggests polls will now start to level off, perhaps even start rising again for Obama as he calmed nerves. The instant polls that gave him the win will certainly be a factor in driving the punditocracy -- and Obama supporters -- off the ledge.

But if it takes a mild earthquake to rouse Obama again...

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm interested in your readers opinions, where do they draw the line at "middle class"? Both Mitt (who I guess can be excused because you all think he's out of touch with the common man anyway) and Barack are drawing the line at incomes above 200,000-250,000 being upper class. That means someone with an income of 195,000 is middle class. Coming from someone who makes 50,000 I think it shows both parties are out of touch. For me an income from 50,000 to 150,000 and you're middle class. Above that you're rich. What do you think?

October 18, 2012 4:46 AM  

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