What If Obama Has a Fire
Bigger Than Romney’s Pants?

By Jim Berlin

The desperate spin concocted by Democrats to explain Obama’s debate debacle is that Romney lied. Repeatedly. About everything.

That devious Mitt, they say, unleashed such an overwhelming tsunami of dishonesty that Barack was shaken to his moral and intellectual core…thus reducing the poor devil to the equivalent of a nervous little girl in a tutu at her first dance recital.

Mitt Romney – Mormon bishop turned school yard bully. Barack Obama – U.S. President robbed of his lunch money. What’s wrong with this picture besides everything?

Whether or not the challenger’s pants were on fire, or even warm to the touch, should be less disturbing to Americans than this agreed-upon explanation for Obama’s meltdown: If our President can be thrown so easily off his game, if he is incapable of responding rationally when an opponent forcefully goes off script, the nation is in more trouble than we imagined.

Why so? What happens in Colorado doesn’t stay in Colorado. Be assured that our enemies around the world – and our friends, too – took note of Obama’s inability to stand strong and successfully counterattack when confronted by the unexpected.

If that’s disturbing let me drop the other shoe.

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When the Mitt’s-a-liar spin was put together after the debate, he’s Barack Obama and he approved this message. Obviously he saw no downside in adopting the excuse that he was rendered helpless by a surprise turn of events. Here’s the problem with that:

During presidential campaigns the question always arises about how, if elected, the man would react if he got that dreaded phone call at three in the morning…the one where the world has hit the fan and the right decision is demanded right now.

The Colorado debate was in wide-awake prime time.

Romney and President Seek Support of America’s Dummies

 By Jim Berlin

Voters who identify themselves as “undecided” in a presidential race would have us believe they are deep thinkers, slowly weighing the candidates’ virtues and policies on the super-sensitive scales of their prodigious minds.

They are actually America’s lovable dummies – Larry, Moe and Curly — the dimmest bulbs in the electorate, the same poor boobs who appear in the “no opinion” category whenever that face-saving choice is available.

The political ideologies of Obama and Romney are obvious and opposite. To say you don’t yet side with one or the other is to admit to no ideology of your own, no world view. You are living what Socrates called “the unexamined life,” a life, he added, “not worth living.”

I think that’s a bit harsh. People with unexamined lives can still have loads of fun bowling, noodling for catfish (catching them barehanded), playing non-stop video games and painting their faces for sporting events. And it makes it easy to write their obituaries: a simple list of surviving relatives, a note about their nice smiles — and it’s done.

But the thing about undecided voters– especially in a tight presidential race – is they often decide who runs the country for four years.

Knowing this, Obama and Romney are faced with the task of how to win them over. How do you reach Larry, Moe and Curly? What motivates them?

First, they are personality voters. Do they like the candidate’s smile, the way he talks, does he seem nice?


Would he be fun to go bowling with, or when you wade into the water to noodle a catfish, would you like him noodling right next to you?

Obama wins this category hands down. “I love noodlin’,” he might say. “Let’s you’n me go noodlin’ this weekend.” They would believe him.

Second, they are fear voters. Is the President going to take away what I’m already getting? Or, if I’m not getting what I used to, can the President give it back to me?

This is where Romney has a chance. Undecided voters who have lost their jobs and security under Obama outnumber the undecideds who like the way he talks and smiles. They are afraid that four more years of the same might bring four more years of the same.

Larry, Moe and Curly may be hungry for hope and change.