Analysis: Romney Wins Third Debate – On Substance and Presentation


obama-romney-debateBy Bob Webster

Mitt Romney continues to impress debate watchers with his presidential demeanor and clear understanding of subject matter and how various aspects of presidential duties work together to either strengthen or weaken the U.S. After his knockout victory in the first debate, he has dealt intelligently and clearly with petty attacks by a less-than-presidential Barack Obama. In short, Romney’s presidential stature has risen dramatically; Obama’s has fallen just as dramatically.

Another 90 minutes, another step closer to the presidency for Mitt Romney.

The last of the debates, generally on the subject of foreign policy, had its own character with similarities to each of the first two debates. As in the first debate, Mitt Romney has shown he is not the caricature created by the fertile imaginations of the Obama campaign. Romney has shown himself to be reasonable, calm in the face of provocation, well-acquainted with the facts, and he projects a very presidential image because of these attributes.

On the other hand, Obama, after recovering from his bout of sleep-walking in the first debate, has shown that when he is awake, sometimes he is not a very nice person. In both the second and final presidential debates, Obama has been animated and aggressive, barely containing his contempt for Romney, and not displaying a very presidential demeanor. On numerous occasions in both debates, Obama has disrespected his opponent, he has lied (or at least shown he is not familiar with the truth), and at times has been downright smarmy with his childish sniping at Romney. To Romney’s credit, he did not rise to the bait, a contrast which made Obama even more infuriated with Romney, triggering even more unpresidential behavior. Obama would have benefited from some anger-management counseling.

It is interesting to note that some people apparently confused style with substance and thought Obama “won” each of the last two debates on “points” (whatever that means). However, the true test of winning is what impact the debates had on the voting public. What will be the lasting impressions from these debates? Few will remember the specifics of any of them. What will linger and impact the vote is that Romney has demonstrated he is presidential, likable, knowledgeable, experienced, reasonable, and willing to work with all Americans to lead our nation out of the terrible mess these last four years have put us in.

The contrast between a calm, reasonable Romney and the aggressive, sniping Obama who is well-known for his disdain for Congress, paints a clear picture in the public’s mind. It is a choice between someone who is likable and does not pit one group against another and someone whose debate behavior was off-putting and who plays one group against another as a matter of course.

This clear contrast has been reflected ever more strongly in the polls as the people focus on making their choice over the dwindling days before election day.

I see no reason why the polls will not continue to show Romney gaining greater favor among the electorate. A Romney landslide victory on November 6th is not out of the realm of possibility. Whatever the margin, it is becoming clear to just about everyone that Obama has little likelihood of regaining the trust of voters he misled for so many months of his campaign by demonizing Romney. Once trust is lost, all voters need is verification that the alternative might be a better choice. They received the verification they sought from Romney, finding him a truly caring and likable human being in the process.

That is the dynamic that will play out over the next several weeks leading up to a what is shaping up to be a “Chick-fil-A” event on election day.

{Web Commentary, Newscenter}


  1. Not so poshut.

    Though Romney was terrific (and has my vote), most polls showed the president winning the debate.

    Who is Bob Webster, anyway?

  2. Debates, even when moderated unfairly by media Democrats, turned out to be the best tools to negate Obama campaign propaganda slandering Romney.

  3. Did Bob Webster even watch the debate? Romney was embarrassed by the president! His “Battleship” gaffe has gone viral, and has almost as many hits as his misinformed “rose Garden” accusation from the second debate! He was simply outclassed.