Right out-of-the-box, I'd like to express my mild surprise with Bob Schieffer. Mr Schieffer moderated the third debate like the first two WERE NOT! I commend Mr Schieffer for his control of the entire process; of his control exercised over the two participants, several times returning the discussion to the topic at hand.
Even with my conservative-constitutionalist proclivities, I didn't come away thinking 'my guy' won the debate. I do think the debate 'trended Governor Romney.' If I were dropped into the United States from outer space last night, I would have guessed that Governor Romney was president; "Clown Prince" obama was the challenger; the governor appearing far more presidential than the sitting ruler! Maybe it's the suits Governor Romney wears; maybe it's the "Clown Prince's" fluttering eyelids each time he formulates, espouses the current, the next lie, I dunno!! Both contestants gave the fact-checkers lots to do.
Governor Romney scored a couple of 'quick-hits' on the already-fragile--but ubiquitous--obama ego. The first was this early 'shot across the obama bow:'
"Russia does continue to battle us in the U.N. time and time again. I have clear eyes on this. I'm not going to wear those rose colored glasses when it comes to Russia or Mr Putin. And I'm certainly not going to say to him, 'Ill give you more flexibility after the election.' After the election, he'll get more backbone."
The second Romney 'quick-hit' dealt with "Clown Prince" obama having very few POSITIVE accomplishments onwhich to campaign:
"Attacking me is not an agenda. Attacking me is not talking about how we're going to deal with the challenges in the Middle East."
"Clown Prince" obama's cleaver retort:
"I think Governor Romney maybe hasn't spent enough time looking at how our military works. You mentioned the Navy, for example, that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military has changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines."
So much for a cleaver retort, an answer that came across as snarky, as condescending!! "Clown Prince" obama needed some facts as a retort, not his usual attitude that he's "the smartest guy in the room!!"
Let's have a look at another "Clown Prince-ism." Does he know--or maybe he just forgot due to the pressures of the golf course--that horses and pack-mules have been and are being, used in the Afghan War:
"The mission of American Special Forces in Afghanistan in October-November, 2001 was direct: help the local Northern Alliance foreces defeat the Taliban, the proximate source of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, just one month before. But the infrastructure of Afghanistan was anything but modern and the best way to get around was by horse. The adaptable SF team mounted up and rode side-by-side with the Northern Alliance to victory. This swashbuckling story is an exciting and inspiring tale, but has deeper implications for warfare in the 21st Century: be ready for anything, including a mix of the most modern technoloby with methods and means long considered obsolete, like pack mules."
Oh.... and this "Clown-ish" gem:
"Bob, I just need to comment on this [obama said]. First of all, the sequester is not something that I proposed. It's something that Congress has proposed. It will not happen. The budget that we're talking about is not reducing our military spending. It's maintianing it."
Here, "Clown Prince" obama demostrates the benefits of having a 'convenient memory.' He seems to forget that HE AGREED to sequestration as a condition for his having a raised debt-ceiling included in the Budget Control Act of 2011:
"While both parties are clupable for sequestration because the Budget Control Act passed Congress, the president proposed it originally and ultimately owns its outcome," said MacKenzie Eaglen, an expert on defense with the conservative American Enterprise Institute and an advisor to the Romney campaign. "That is because he alone can lead by calling the party leaders together for a resolution today if he wanted as president."
All-in-all, not much new from either guy during this, the last debate of the 2012 campaign season. Governor Romney with well thought-out, reasoned responses; "Clown Prince" obama with his usual obfuscations, his usual 'fluttering-eyelided' lies. With the most important election in the history of the United States of America exactly two-weeks from today, we must continue to work for a Governor Romney election to the future President Willard M. Romney!!
Comments, anyone.... anyone at all?!?