Looking at the media reaction to the debate particularly from our friends in MSNBC perfectly illustrates the difference between Strategy and Tactics that I discussed in one of my premium commentaries.
The left seems unanimous that Obama won this debate decisively, they point to the “women” questions. They point to Candy Crowley’s “tackle” of Mitt Romney. They point to polls at both CBS that had Obama winning by 8 and CNN that had Obama up by 7.
Unfortunately Barack Obama and the left are looking tactically and not strategically, they are subjecting Barack Obama to as George Bush called it: The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations.
Two weeks ago Barack Obama turned in comparatively one of the worst debate performances since Admiral Stockdale. The media and the left has been in panic ever since. They weren’t worried about Obama losing the debate, they were worried about Obama drooling all over himself, as I tweeted last night:
— Peter Ingemi (@DaTechGuyblog) October 17, 2012
If you grade Barack Obama on the Denver Scale he got an A+, in reality this debate was about even, I gave Romney a 2 pt win but I have no problem with someone who gives Obama that same margin, but the goal here isn’t to be given the a nod on point, the goal is to win the election. In the Frank Luntz focus group out in Nevada, a swing state it was DEVASTATING.
Note the only defenders of Obama were all “Romney is after our ladyparts”.
On MSNBC while the entire table was ABSOLUTELY positive Obama won, the verdict of actual voters of the focus group was quite different.
and when Chris Matthews threw a loaded question attempting to push the women in the panel away from Romney, he failed.
I don’t have the CNN panel video but they also split on where they were voting.
That’s the bottom line, it doesn’t matter what people think about winning the debate it’s who they will vote for as John King on CNN said:
“Yankee fans agree the Tigers won last night but they’re not voting for Detroit”
Romney is ahead if Obama doesn’t move those voters he is toast. I’ll give Chris Barron the last word:
— BiasedGirl (@BiasedGirl) October 17, 2012
This race is over, start practicing saying: President Romney
Update: I suspect if the president did as well as MSNBC thinks there would not be a legion of idiots publicly vowing to kill Mitt Romney
Funny how the MSM doesn’t find this a story, isn’t it?
Update 2: the Evil Blogger Lady gets it.