As I sat there watching the debate last night I kept thinking to myself, "Obama's killing this guy." To me, the president looked cool, calm and collected, seemed to know his facts, kept Romney on the ropes the whole time by labeling him an agent of corporations and the rich, etc. On the other hand the president spoke about investing in education, health care, basic science and research, clean and renewable energy. All great stuff, I thought.
Then there was Romney. He seemed agitated; he was squinting and blinking throughout the debate, he seemed defensive and most importantly, I thought his proposals basically boiled down to getting rid of what Obama has done with little information as to what he was going to do except when it came to his five point economic plan, which was:
1. Energy independence. (Drill, drill, drill and burn coal.)
2. Increase exports. (Keep American workers' wages low.)
3. Improve education. (By cutting $115 bln in education funding.)
4. $5 trillion in tax cuts. (For corporations and the wealthy.)
5. Balance the budget. (That's working well in Europe.)
Then to my surprise when the debate was over, from the left (including ardent Obama supporters) all the way to the right, up and down and in-between, everyone said Romney won by a huge margin.
I am depressed. How did I see things so differently?