The left seems to feel that a hyper-aggressive Romney beat up a passive and hesitant Obama
Since I was turned off by NRO, I went to the left-wing site Daily Kos to see their reaction. The first thread I clicked on had an initial post by “Astral66,” with the title, “A Complete Disaster for Romney.” But that hardly seems to be the majority view among the commenters. Indeed, almost all are saying that Romney dominated Obama, though unfairly.
I am fascinated by how differently different people see the same event. The Kos commenters are fixated on aspects of the debate that didn’t occur to me. Also, seeing how distraught the Kos-ites are, I can understand better why the NRO people are so happy.
Romney spewed more lies tonight than any of us could possibly list, but the journalists will be poring over them for the next week, and matching them up with Romney’s previous statements. Obama hung back and let Mitt hang himself. Mitt abandoned his platform, his campaign, his party tonight.That’s followed by a comment from “Cato”:
Agreed, though Obama could’ve stepped in and shut Romney down, but chose not to.“Parent” replies:
Did you miss the part where he told everybody 55, 54 years old to listen up, ‘cause Mitt wants to take away our Medicare?“Cato” replies:
Point taken, he had some good moments, so excuse my hyperbole. I still think Romney took that one going away—and i think the snap polls are showing the same. A few good one liners don’t make up for Romney controlling the tempo of the debate, and making himself look more enthusiastic about being President than … The President.The thread continues, with many saying that Romney was lying, and too agreessive, and unpresidential (isn’t that a funny criticism to be hearing from leftists?), but that he had it all over Obama who was passive.
In this vein, “Codyup” writes:
THE PROBLEM IS THAT THERE IS A FINE LINE BETWEEN BEING POLITE AND JUST PLAYING THE PART OF A PUNCHING BAG….Here is another Kos thread. The overwhelming, even unanimous, consensus (hmm, if a consensus is unanimous, is it still a consensus?) is that Romney the aggressive, rule-breaking, dastardly liar (the Kos-ites didn’t actually say “dastardly,” that’s my equivalent for the unprintable words they did use) had it all over a weak, passive, underprepared Obama. In fact, they are sounding the old-fashioned notes of leftist self-pity, as though they feel they’ve lost the election. I’m astonished at this, and also, I must say, excited, because recently I have felt (though I hadn’t said this at VFR, not wanting to sound too defeatist) that the odds of Obama winning were 10 to 1.