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Yes, Romney Stomped Obama

It’s not like you haven’t heard this today, but having seen a recording of the Obama-Romney debate, I agree with the universal judgment that Romney walloped the president. In fact, the degree of wallopage was so extreme that I now wonder if Romney has turned this race around for himself.

Obama looked exhausted and confused; Romney completely dominated him, and looked commanding and presidential. This Romney was not the hapless stiff we’ve been reading about in the headlines since the GOP convention. And this was not the lithe, limber, assured Obama that we’ve been reading about since the Democratic convention. On second thought, Obama’s speech there was only so-so; Bill Clinton was the star of that show. Alas for the Democrats, Bill Clinton is not their party’s candidate this year.

In fact, the overall impression I took away from this debate is that Obama is too worn out to do this job for four more years, but Romney is ready to hit the ground running. Mind you, it would be imprudent, to say the very least, to make a decision based on a single debate, and besides, there are policy differences between the two men. Still, I bet there are some voters who had reluctantly decided for Obama who will now rethink that based on the performance last night — simply because Obama’s logy performance gave the impression that he’s a spent force (which I think he certainly is; the only reason to vote for Obama is because treading water may be marginally better than whatever Romney would bring to the office).

Obama had better bring his game to the next debate. If he gets stomped like this again, it will affirm the impression that four more years of his presidency will be a dreary slog.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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