Published on October 19th, 2012 | by Leonard Jackson0
Debates Are Debatable
Debates Are Debatable
The presidential debates have now become the nation’s newest competitive pastime and the media have jumped in with the greatest enthusiasm. What were once so staged and predictably boring have taken on new life and are being followed by people who never watched before. They’re right there with Dancing with the Stars and The World Series playoffs and generating the same strong partisan commentary that these events create. Every word is parsed; every movement, facial expression and strategy is evaluated as to how each candidate is doing; who won and how this will ultimately effect the presidential election.
This all started with the startling performance by President Obama in the first debate with Governor Romney. For whatever reason, the President was exposed in a way that surprised even his strongest critics. He was completely overwhelmed by Mr. Romney, who dominated the debate and was generally (except by the Star’s Steve Kraske and ABC’s extreme left-winger, George Stephanopolous) conceded to be a clear winner. Rarely do we have a clear winner in a presidential debate. Rarely do they matter much. But this one did. Romney’s poll numbers jumped overnight and kept improving for the next several days.
Emergency measures were called for to stop this momentum. Drastic measures were needed. So, immediately after debate number one’s disastrous result the Obama team plunged into action. The formerly “mainstream” media, the Democrat propaganda machine and the toadies of all ranks in the progressive movement went into attack mode. Scores must be kept and, unlike all the debates in the past, the winners and losers had to be announced. And most importantly, the winner in this purely subjective contest must be the Democrat candidate Joe Biden or Barak Obama.
Their narrative was written. In debate number two Biden had to save Obama’s miserable effort. Biden simply had to win. No matter what was said or how it was presented Vice President Biden would be declared the winner by these folks. There narrative was written probably in some quarters before the actual debate. Sure enough, the next day it was agreed that this debate went to Biden; although it wasn’t unanimous after even some liberals had problems trying to explain the bizarre antics and body contortions the Vice-President performed in his efforts to bait his younger opponent. Paul Ryan didn’t bite and acquitted himself well in the face of this circus and to most of the voters if there was a winner it was Ryan. Romney’s momentum continued.
The third debate might be the most memorable one of the three. Candy Crowley, CNN reporter and “moderator”, true to form, became Obama’s intercessor, interrupting Romney 29 times and erroneously correcting him when he was about to confront Obama on his Libya cover-up. It was later acknowledged that Romney had been correct, but the impact of the moment was diffused and the single most damaging chink in the President’s armor had been averted. When Obama seemed to be at a loss for words she continually helped him get back on track in his questions and answers offering him opportunities to reply or rebut.
It’s never been a secret that there is a media bias against conservative thinking concerning the nation’s politics, religiosity, moral values, military presence and the exceptionalism it espouses. But I believe it has never been more on display to the entire nation than it has been in these first three debates. This may be the point in time when it became impossible to seriously deny the progressive agenda that is constantly advanced into our everyday existence by the clamorous minorities in the media and entertainment venues. The fourth debate is scheduled Monday evening and with CBS’s Bob Schieffer moderating I don’t expect any different slant than what we have been experiencing in the earlier meetings.
But I believe things are changing. Most Americans have become inured to this incessant carping from the left. The progressive agenda is recognized more and more for what it is and what it is trying to influence. Most Americans now check the news’ reliability as to who wrote the story and where it was reported and then accept or reject it’s credibility. Hopefully this will make us better citizens and, most importantly, voters.