I watched the debate and read the transcripts two times. Both candidates were spinning and shoving exaggerations down each other’s throats. Both candidates look good. Both candidates are eloquent in their own ways. I think the president won by not calling Romney a murderer or a tax-evader. Had he done so, he would have lost out right. Romney won by showing he stopped the president on quite a few points from hammering too much on talking points that can not be verified. The president lost by being defensive, peevish and patronizing. Romney lost by failing to be as clear as possible about why undecided voters like me should fire the president.
Character. I like President Obama though he tends to be a bit patronizing. I find Governor Romney twerpy at best and snobbish at worst. The president is definitely a much more likeable person. I however will never vote for someone because I like them. The more I hear from the media about how cool or likable the president is, the more I move to the Romney camp. Likability shows the shallowness of the electorate or that we watch way too much Honey Boo Boo and crap like that.
Surrogates. I really think the President should fire David Axelrod and tell Debbie Wasserman Schultz to shut up. No reasonable person trusts either one of them and at the same time, Romney needs to tell Karl Rove and Governor Sununu to shut up or stay out of the media because no one trusts them either. The character of the candidate’s surrogates are defining the candidates. Axelrod and Sununu and Baghdad Bob all have the same truth handicaps. These paid liars make Romney and Obama look like liars themselves.
If the President fires Axelrod, I’ll vote for him. If Romney submits complete detailed tax-returns, I’ll vote for him. Since this won’t be happening either way, I am stuck muddling through.