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  •  I thought (4+ / 0-)

    Obama won the first Debate on logic and rationality,

    even though the constant split-screen gave a different impression.

    And I told people so.

    Romney was the one that had flipped almost 180,
    on so many different positions.

    Stuff his campaign had to quietly and immediately retract after the debate was over,

    and 60M+ people had just been duped.

    Isn't it time to fix the Filibuster?
    -- Here's how.

    by jamess on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 03:50:50 PM PST

    •  Most revealing fact about the first debate (7+ / 0-)

      In my estimation, the most revealing fact about the first debate is this one. The first debate transcript contains a total of 36 references to a Romney presidential plan (22 from Romney, 13 from Obama, 1 from Lehrer). By contrast, that same transcript contains 8 references to an Obama presidential plan (4 Romney and 4 Obama).

      Obama won the first debate but purely on the intellectual level, using deductive reasoning to demonstrate the huge deficiencies in the Romney so-called plan. The undeniable fact remains that Obama lost that debate. He lost badly. He forgot that he was speaking on a stage, not critiquing a rival's Harvard Law Review article.

      Viewers didn't hear Obama's salient reasoning. They only heard that positive, one-syllable word PLAN, over and over again in connection to Mitt Romney. The message they heard was that Romney had a plan for the future, and Obama did not (even though the opposite was true). Just days later, voters wouldn't remember any of the specifics of Romney's policies, but they would still carry around an image in their brains of a smart business guy with his five bullet-points, his foolproof map to success, his magical list of five short items that we just need to check off in order to fix everything that is wrong with the country.

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