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Romney scores Round 1 win in debate

Opinion column

Mac Gordon

Mac Gordon

There was a prize fight in 1990 in Tokyo in which Mike Tyson was predicted to pummel Buster Douglas and easily retain his world heavyweight championship.

Tyson was a mere 23-year-old who had won 30-something straight fights. He had defended his title against eight previous pretenders. Douglas was 29 and overweight and a heavy underdog. Yet, in the 10th round, Douglas, who had been laying the wood to Tyson since the early rounds, blasted the champ a final time and took the title (only to lose it in his first defense to Evander Holyfield).

Many people were reminded of that fight — considered one of the biggest upsets in sports history — this week when President Obama was supposed to deliver a final staggering blow to challenger Mitt Romney on the way to a second term.

Until then, national polls seemed to indicate the race was over, needing only the vote count on the night of Nov. 6 to confirm Obama’s re-election.

Romney changed all that Wednesday night with an epic upset. The Republican soundly whipped Obama, who must have gone into the debate overconfident that his challenger would stumble (as Obama’s handlers probably had told him to expect). Perhaps Obama hadn’t put in the long hours of debate prep that Romney had undergone. Who really knows why Obama made such a shoddy showing?

I think the president had been reading too many press clippings saying the race was over.

He hardly landed a punch. You know things went badly for Obama when even diehard Democratic strategist James Carville admitted Romney’s strong performance.

Several national pundits said after the debate that Obama in the last four years “probably hadn’t been talked to” the way Romney talked to him, leaving him unprepared. That likely changed the next day when Obama advisers, including First Lady Michelle Obama, turned up the verbal heat on him as they looked to the next debate, set for Oct. 16. (The vice presidential debate on Oct. 11 will produce more fireworks than Obama-Romney.)

Folks, don’t expect much governing to take place between now and the election.

I was shocked that Obama did not jump Romney for his recent secret remarks about the 47 percent of Americans who he claimed don’t pay taxes and depend on the government to take care of them. Obama missed a golden opportunity to try to show that Republicans — as most Democrats believe — aren’t concerned with ordinary, middle-class citizens. As utterly ridiculous as those remarks were, there is still time for Obama to land that jab.

Romney landed several good punches on his charges that Obama has done little to turn around the economy and that he had cut $716 billion from Medicare to help pay for his controversial health care program. Near the end, Romney admitted that neither he nor Obama would do anything to harm those of us already on Medicare and Social Security, thank you very much.

Romney talked a good game about ending the extreme partisanship that exists in Washington. He said he would always consult Democratic leaders on major issues like repealing “Obamacare.”

That’s a campaign promise all of us should embrace.

Mac Gordon is a retired reporter who lives near Blakely. He writes an occasional opinion column for The Albany Herald. He can be reached at macmarygordon@gmail.com.

Comments

Sister_Ruby 2 years, 1 month ago

Obama missed a golden opportunity to try to show that Republicans — as most Democrats believe — aren’t concerned with ordinary, middle-class citizens. As utterly ridiculous as those remarks were, there is still time for Obama to land that jab.

I've read this paragraph six times and still don't know what Mac Gordon is saying. What remarks are ridiculous? Based on every article I've ever suffered through that Gordon has written, I know full well that he believes the Republicans aren't concerned with ordinary middle-class citizens. So what utterly ridiculous remarks is Gordon referencing?

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RedEric 2 years, 1 month ago

Liberals like Gordon have invested a great deal of effort into the Obama Myth. And speaking of myths, I am really surprised to listen to these dolts say that we do not know enough about Romney. What do we know about Obama? Before he became Illinois State senator, very little. We do know that since his father was married to another woman when he married Obamas mother that Obama can take the title of First Bastard President. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 1 month ago

To most of them Obama was "the Smartest President Ever". Though nobody has seen hide nor hair of His IQ, His SAT scores, nor His college transcript. Based on Wednesday's night's epic FAIL, I'd say I know WHY we haven't seen any of that. Because any of those FACTS would destroy the OBAMA MYTH. It's why Sean Hannity refers to His Royal Majesty Barack Obama as "The Anointed One". Not that He is somehow "holy" but that He was just Elevated to Sainthood by The Liberal Main Stream Media.

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Cartman 2 years, 1 month ago

I'm glad the nation was able to get a glimpse of these men without the filter of the MSM. In that sunlight, Obama never stood a chance.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 1 month ago

Oh I get it now....finally. The "utterly ridiculous remarks" that Gordon refers to is about Romney's analysis of "the 47%" who pay no Federal Income Tax. Those utterly ridiculous, completely TRUE remarks. I knew Gordon (a proud Democrat) could not allow himself to close on a positive note about Romney's Mile-High Massacre of Obama Wednesday night.

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Roundman 2 years, 1 month ago

I don't think Gordon retired -- We can see why he was "retired".

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 1 month ago

Mr. Mac Gordon: If you're RETIRED then please go away. There are plenty of young, liberal whippersnappers out there who are JUST LIKE YOU.........who are incapable of getting beyond their liberal prejudices and predilictions to truly examine the FACTS.

PLEASE GO AWAY!!!

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