Dan Majestic writes from Denver: Are there people out there in the big US of A who still don’t get it – I mean that Mitt Romney was selected by the Republican party to lose the presidential election? And does anyone actually still believe that the list of Republican nominees for the presidential candidacy would have consisted of total mediocrities if there was ever a plan to snatch the White House from the Democrats this year?
The TV debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in the University of Denver, at an ice hockey arena actually, proves once again that the Republican candidate was never considered as a serious contender for the presidency by his own party. If Romney had had any chance the opinion polls would have registered a massive slide in President Obama’s popularity after the debate. But it didn’t happen.
The funniest thing of all was when Obama’s campaign officials started saying that their boss was not very good during the TV debate because… he didn’t have enough experience of debates in the past four years while Romney had all that training during the Republican nomination process. Imagine. A sitting President, who has all the advantages of having access to a vast taxpayers’ funded White House machine, loses a TV debate to a Republican candidate who doesn’t exactly bristle with charisma or knowledge of the real world outside his mansion.
The subject of the debate was the economy and neither candidate really provided any of the solutions that could improve the situation. But even under such circumstances President Obama looked unimpressive and lost at times, trying to defend his version of what his opponent wants to do about taxes and budget deficits. Even more amazing was that Mr Romney actually looked more at ease and articulate than Mr Obama. No mean feat, considering that the Republican candidate was always coming across as boring and bland and lacking any appeal. If not for the pro-Obama bias of most of the American media this TV debate alone could have buried the current President all by itself. But nothing like that happened and the farce will run on all the way till the election day. (Incidentally, Mr Obama didn’t fare all that well in all three of his TV debates with John McCain but it didn’t matter then because the American media had already elected him in advance.)
So here’s the deal, ladies and gents: President Obama will only lose the election in November if he is suddenly revealed to be a devout Muslim or a keen enthusiast of child porn. Otherwise his opponent stands no chance. And that was the Republican plan right from the start. Because what would have been the point of inheriting a house on fire, if you pardon the dramatic comparison to the state of things in the US at the moment, and having to start taking the blame for the mess in the economy? Not to mention that any Republican president would have a hell of a time getting to grips with cutting the budget deficit and the national debt generally, considering that the brothers would have never forgiven him for ousting their idol.
The two TV debates that are coming up between the presidential candidates don’t really matter. The result of the election is already a foregone conclusion. The real issue is who is going to run in 2016 and finally start getting America sorted.