posted 2012-10-16 21:43:16

The Honey Moon's Over

Jenady Garshofsky


The town-hall debate Tuesday night was a bland, mildly confrontational affair that once again did not address anything voters haven’t already heard.

After an embarrassing and uninspiring performance during the first debate, Obama started the second debate with an aggressive attitude that the Democratic party and the media longed for. His words felt painfully scripted and seemingly filled with vengeance. Obama failed to converse with the undecided voters on stage, utiliz- ing each question as a gateway to regurgitate the broad spectrum of his platform policies, instead of addressing the question with a direct answer.

When asked about pay equity for women in the workforce, Obama diverted the question to pander women voters, and discussed federal funding for contra- ceptives, ending his two-minute rant on healthcare. Obama may not have fumbled as much as in the first debate, but his an- swers lacked substance and his facts were not the record.

As for competition, Romney’s air of confidence was exactly where it should be. Gallup polls have shown Romney with increasing approval ratings since the first debate. Romney stressed the importance of his five-point plan, small businesses and bringing jobs back to America. Repeatedly he talked about the math not quite adding up, and explained in length, again, how Massachusetts has helped him to balance budgets. Besides Obama’s childish political jabs and the assassination threats from devoted Obama supporters on the Internet, the only thing people took from the debate was Romney’s remark about having a “binder full of women.” Like the Big Bird statement, if these “zingers” are the only things people are taking from Romney’s performance, over all he has shown that the left voters just want something nega- tive to talk about.

Both candidates assert that they know how to fix America, and sadly the one in power seems the least convincing. Is this what America needs for a president? Do we really want a president that needs to regain voter confidence that he lost dur- ing four years of costly decisions? This time around, there is no charismatic plea for hope and change, no dramatic coor- dinated theater to convince voters based on promises. Voters aren’t interested in petty political attacks – we need answers and solutions. This is a choice between continuing four years down a dwindling path or steering off the road towards a new direction.

With three weeks until the presiden- tial election, voters are looking at gas prices, taxes, unemployment, and a trillion dollar deficit – among the other problems the past four years inadequately addressed – hoping their vote will elect a new kind of change, even if casting a ballot is merely picking which candidate is the lesser evil.