What's running though my mind comes through in my walk / True feelings are shown by the way that I talk. ~MCA Adam Yauch 1964-2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The 2nd Presidential Debate - The Morning After

I wanted to give my take of the 2nd Presidential Debate before I got too into all the opinion from both sides. I wanted to watch it, think about it, and sleep on it because I think that the media puts too much on the things that aren't important and, in the end, it clouds the issues.

There were many highlights during the debate which will be hashed out over and over and OVER again in the media, but here are a few that definitely caught my attention:

Romney not answering one young woman's question about women getting equal pay (which, by the way, I cannot even believe that we are still discussing) by stating that when he was getting his cabinet together in Massachusetts  he asked women's groups to bring him candidates and they brought him "binders full of women".  Before I even went to bed last night, it was starting to trend so I imagine that comment is going to become a part of our culture as well as haunt Romney for the rest of the campaign.  I don't believe for a moment that Romney was dismayed by the lack of women so much as covering his ass should he be asked why there were no women in his cabinet.  His comment about a women getting home in time to make dinner for her family set the feminist off in me, too.

Romney's comments about gun control and a two parent family left me shaking my head.  I suppose in Romney's perfect world, mom and dad would always be there, but that is not always the case and ALL types of families should be honored.  A single mom can teach her child tolerance and respect just as much as a mom and dad can.  It's the members of the family, not the make up of the family, that makes it strong.

One of the more important points in this debate was made by President Obama when he brought up women's health issues in relation to women in the work force.  With the Republican platform of cuts to Planned Parenthood and women's health care, it would leave many women uninsured and without health care.  Without health care, women will fall prey to preventable issues such as an unplanned pregnancy and cancers, such as ovarian, cervical, and breast cancer.  We can't be a force in the work place if we are knocked up and dropping of cancer, now can we?  I'm thrilled that President Obama brought it up.

Candy Crowley actually fact checked Romney during the debate....and the crowd claps.  I was a little concerned during the beginning of the debate that Candy was going to let it devolve into a shouting match, but she eventually got control and turned out to be a good moderator.  I do know, however, that she will be ripped apart for telling Romney that President Obama did IN FACT call the Libyan attack a terrorist attack in the Rose Garden.  Some will say that her job wasn't to correct facts, but I believe that if she didn't do what she did, Romney would have just gone on and on trying to prove that President Obama was a liar.  I believe that she was just trying to move the debate along. Romney was being a bully throughout the whole debate, so her shutting him down was a little treat.

All in all, I am happy with President Obama's performance at the debate last night.  After the 1st debate, he really needed to bring his A-game to Hempstead and I feel that he did.  He brought more of the Barack Obama that we know and respect.  He was confident and sometimes sassy, but he held his ground and his composure.  Let's hope that it helps him in the last days of this election season.

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