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OP-ED: Game, set, match for Mitt Romney
October 06, 2012, 05:00 AM By Dwight L. Schwab

Dwight L. Schwab

The term "cleaned his clock” took on a whole new meaning at Wednesday night’s first presidential debate.

An energized and textbook perfect Mitt Romney dominated a lethargic and tired-looking Barack Obama. To sum up the former governor’s performance, he outhustled, outfacted, outenergized and outinformed the incumbent. The lopsidedness of the verbal brawl was not lost on liberal ideologues such as Bill Maher and Chris Matthews who were quick to raise the white flag in round one of three televised debates this month.  

It was as if Romney’s insomnia-inducing convention speech had never happened. The former governor commanded the stage focusing on economic issues and an easy-to-understand philosophy of limited government. He triumphantly mesmerized an estimated 60 million people as a pro-growth tax reformer. A president who would lower the rate and broaden the base in a revenue-neutral fashion.

Could it be he would actually create jobs and spur the economy? The nationwide sales presentation was a masterpiece from start to his effective close.

For many considering Romney for the first time, just maybe his ideas for tax reform could be a solution for which the country is looking. At intervals throughout the debate, Romney respectfully corrected the president on a number of issues including oil tax breaks, health care issues, job training programs in the federal government and even how Obamacare works.

Romney’s knowledge base was impressively broad and deep — to many, much broader and deeper than President Obama ever showed with his tried responses that sounded more like retread stump speeches.

Clearly the president missed his closest ally, the ever-present teleprompter.

Obama appeared petulant. He knew he was outclassed and outhustled, not in command of the facts. Romney’s demeanor was refreshingly calm, yet insistent. You believed he was for a truly limited government and strong private sector. He wanted people to understand his passion and he did so convincingly.

The president provided no new policies he would enact if re-elected to a second term. All Obama provided was a flat, time-worn rendition of what he opposes, which is everything Romney supports. Viewers were left with nothing in which he actually believes.

Instead, he provided his not-so-hidden agenda. Spend more on government programs, keep pouring money into the losing ventures of green energy and raise taxes to do so. For almost every question Romney raised, President Obama had a government solution.

Romney countered Obama’s free spending plans with a private-sector solution that clearly left the president devastated and looking for the exit. What began as a debate ended in a one-sided lecture.

If the public hadn’t seen it before last night, Romney exuded the image of a president. He kept his composure and presented himself as a leader in control. His knowledge was sharp and fluid — his principles rock solid.

His willingness to provide bipartisan solutions on tax reform and a rewritten Obamacare law were spot on. Even more remarkably, Romney would be "happy” to take suggestions from the other side of the aisle. You believed him.

Romney left no doubt he is the leader of the Republican Party. Wednesday’s performance will undoubtedly attract scores of independent voters. Can "Romney Democrats” be far behind?


Dwight has 30 years of work experience in the publishing industry, including ABC/Cap Cities and International Thomson. He has a BS in journalism from the University of Oregon and minors in political science and American history. He is a native of Portland, Ore. and a resident of the Bay Area since 1977. His writing websites include & Google his complete portfolio at "Dwight L. Schwab Jr.”

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