OPINION – Mitt Romney lost the first Presidential debate of the 2012 election.
I assert this with little trepidation despite pundits from both sides of the political aisle declaring him a clear winner. He was declared the winner by default because he did not lose. Because he came into the debate with such low expectations of anything less than more gaffs, blunders, and refutable facts, that all he had to do was keep everyone’s eye on a more presentable ball while ignoring the limp, flat one in that is actually his campaign.
He lost because he did not do what he actually needed to do to win. He merely revamped his inconsistent and fact permeable rhetoric with a solid Gordon Gekko-like performance whereby we got a glimpse of what a CEO-president would look like. Arrogant, overbearing, and cocksure of himself despite being completely out of touch with two things he sorely needs to win this election: the truth, and the support of the American middle class.
The fact that the GOP has all but abandoned the middle class of this country notwithstanding, the main thrust of the assertion to Romney’s failure is his lack of ability to tell the truth in lieu of the fact that his self-proclaimed business prowess assures us he is all too aware.
He prefers, or so it seems, to pander to the ignorance of the majority of voters and in doing so either demonstrates a complete disregard for them, or simply does not know himself something he, as a business tycoon, should clearly know. Either way, he is disingenuous to a fault.
In the debate last week, he stated as evidence of President Obama’s failures, that fuel prices had doubled in the last four years and while actually true, evoked a smoke and mirror effect of pandering to the emotions of the American voter. This statement alone, despite there being many more like it, captures why Romney clearly lost this debate.
The fact is, the President has little to no influence on gasoline prices. Romney knows this. The prices are set by the financial exchanges all over the world. Much goes in to how they are determined including, but not limited to, the price and availability of crude oil worldwide, the financial markets, the subsidies provided by governments to the oil companies, and the ruling factor of all: supply and demand.
To insinuate that the sitting president has anything to do with the price of fuel is tacitly false and indicative of someone who is either ignorant themselves of how the world economy functions, or is banking on the ignorance of those who would vote for one who makes such audacious statements.
Furthermore, Romney touts the necessity of American energy independence and implies that drilling at home somehow facilitates this.
A high school level comprehension of energy economics would suffice for anyone to understand that all oil drilled in the world goes into a global pot that is traded on the global market. It is a bait and switch argument designed to appeal to the emotions of the voter.
What is laughable is that it is Mitt’s own people, the Wall Street tycoons that is, who play more of a role in our energy woes than any political figurehead can.
And, let’s not even get started on the subsidies provided for the likes of business types like Romney, large corporations, and oil companies.
It is doubtful however that he is unaware of these things hence the insult to the injury perpetrated upon the American people by his disingenuousness.
By pandering to the lowest common denominator of the voting public, the ignorant and ill-informed that is, he affirms without repudiation his willingness to metaphorically sell his own soul to get the job.
This is to say, he would rather pretend he is as ignorant as they are, then to speak in terminology demonstrating the competence that is becoming of a business man of his stature.
How anyone can reconcile dishonesty with winning a debate on matters of consequence is telling of what our collective definition of winning has become.
This is but a brief example of a growing list of misrepresentations by this candidate that will continue to plague him in his bid for the Oval Office.
A short and all-too-soon declared victory in an orchestrated debate hardly makes this man a winner of anything.
See you out there.
Dallas Hyland is an opinion columnist. The opinions stated in this article are his and not representative of St. George News.
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