RealClearPolitics reports this morning…
A Frank Luntz focus group made up mostly of former Obama voters say they now support Mitt Romney.
“Forceful, compassionate, presidential,” one participant said.
“Confident and realistic,” said another.
“Presidential,” another told Luntz.
“Enthusiastic,” another reacted.
“Our next president,” one man said.
“Dynamo, winner,” said one more.
“He’s lied about everything. He lied to get elected in 2008, that’s why I voted for him. I bought his bull. And he’s lied about everything, he hasn’t come through on anything. And he’s been bullshitting the public,” one member of the focus group said.
Part two of the focus group is available here.
You saw last night a stark reminder of just why we must defeat Barack Obama’s quest to be re-elected president. In the debate you saw Obama bloviate. You saw his continued dishonesty. And you saw a member of the news media give more time to Barack Obama (were you surprised? You shouldn’t have been) and who told Mitt Romney at one point to “sit down.”
You saw the audacity of Obama’s lies.
Friends, we can’t afford four more years of Barack Obama’s failures. He has hurt our economy, our national security – and he’s hurt America and the principles and values this nation has historically stood for.
You know the media will be against us. You know Barack Obama will lie about his record and his proposals for the future. The only way we can fight back is to buy airtime to deliver our message to the voters – direct, and unfiltered.
My friend Jason Ivey’s take on the debate:
1. Obama always plays an America-loving, free-market-promoting, entrepreneur-embracing, pseudo-conservative in these situations, then almost always says something to reveal his true self. On immigration, he sounds just like we do, except right at the end when he implies people who want to enforce immigration laws are racist (by grossly misrepresenting Arizona’s immigration law).
On guns, he loves the 2nd amendment!, but guns for protection are almost an afterthought. His final answer tonight was complete horse sh*t. Still, I’m worried the lobotomized undecided voters might fall for it. I kept thinking: “Alinskyite!” Speak their language! Fool them! The examples were many, mostly falling under the familiar class warfare talking point. Gosh, that’s getting boring.
2. Speaking of lobotomized undecided voters, I actually liked a few of them. My favorite was the black guy who seemed disenchanted with Obama.
3. On Libya: Does the buck stop with him? He’s quite masterful at implying it does without really saying so. He never did say it was his responsibility, or Hillary’s, only that he’d “find who did this” after implying the buck stops with him (but without really saying it). I loved that Romney called him on the Vegas trip and for not calling it a terrorist attack. Obama looked extremely weak here. I only wish Romney had said “You were on the David Letterman show blaming a YouTube video!”. Even so, thought Romney was mostly right on with this and successfully parried Obama’s charge of politicizing a tragedy.
4. Obama: “Gas prices were low four years ago because we were on the verge of economic collapse.” Uhhhhh. Yeah . . . go ahead and keep making that argument. I think Romney wiped the floor with Obama over energy.
5. Candy Crowley was often playing defense for Obama. Romney knows this obviously. I enjoy how he’s been completely ignoring the moderators when they try to intervene and stop the bleeding. Perhaps something he picked up from Newt in the primary debates.
6. I was hoping Romney would make some more “proper role of government” arguments rather than continuing to refer his five point plan. At least he got in “government doesn’t create jobs” at the end.
7. Good that Romney articulated more than once the meaning of the unemployment numbers. Again, such a difference in level of informedness over someone like McCain.
8. I suspect the punditry will focus on the aggression and call it a draw. “Obama showed up!” He was certainly more lively, but Romney was just as spry, if not more so.