That Was One Debate Night to Remember
Wow! Debate night was not just good. In the words of Tony the Tiger, it was “grrreat!”
Wednesday turned out to be one of the finest nights in my political life. It started with the Tar Heel gubernatorial debate between Pat McCrory and Democrat Walter Dalton, that fill-in for Gov. Beverly Perdue. Frankly, I was concerned for Pat. He was ahead in the polls. Many of us thought that a poor debate performance could give his opponent a chance to ignite an otherwise lackluster candidacy.
But, unlike President Obama later that night, McCrory did not play it safe. He came out swinging with plans to reduce the government’s carbon paper footprint on the backs of small business and middle class taxpayers. The former Charlotte mayor chided his opponent for joining the governor in a bill to increase sales taxes on shoppers buying blue jeans for their children.
Then McCrory bravely called for an end to direct business subsidies. He opted instead for a business-friendly environment with lower taxes overall for both new businesses and current residents. The latter, he pointed out, was the better than a one-time bribe to attract new industry.
Then came Mitt Romney debating Barack Obama. As I watched the demise of the president under the pounding logic of the former Massachusetts governor, I could not believe the euphoria into which I entered. Within a few minutes of the start of the presidential debate, I thought that Dalton had shown greater knowledge of key issues than the president on whose coattails he intended to ride.
So I turned to those “unbiased” champions of the mainstream media to see what Obama the apologists would spin. To my surprise, James Carville, the same would-be liberal, feminist sympathizer who called Bill Clinton’s sexual accusers “trailer park trash,” described Obama as being “off his game.” Next, he described Romney as destroying the president “with a chain saw.”
John King described Obama as figuratively getting “spanked.” Even the socialist Obama czar Van Jones and “Ed Show” host Ed Schultz expressed extreme displeasure with their White House hero.
Before this debate, the mainstream “mad” media told us that the Game of the States was over. Their “narrative” was that Romney’s “money men” and the few women still supporting him were deserting the Republican nominee in favor of congressional candidates with better chances of winning. After the debate, the NBC peacock reversed its feathers and CNN was in shock.
Watching CNN and MSNBC pundits eat their narratives was almost like watching my daughter eat her spinach. I wanted to calmly suggest, “Swallow quickly and it won’t taste so yucky.” Instead, I found myself sadistically shouting at Wolf Blitzer, “Chew on it slowly and absorb the nutrients no matter how the taste lingers.”
As I write this column, it is Thursday morning before dawn. It is just after the cable news shows have concluded their live telecasts and have surrendered their air to videotape. And, as I conclude this column, I can feel the euphoria of a big win fading just as the night’s beer loses its magic. What I realize is that our election will not be decided in a single debate. The stakes are higher than that.
Mitt Romney stands for an expanding economy built with private sector jobs and free enterprise. President Obama stands for an economy built with government jobs financed through a redistribution of wealth. These are the choices given Americans as they enter the polling booth.
Winning a debate or losing a debate based upon style or energy simply opens a window through which voters can visualize the future that their choices will create. Perhaps, for the first time, Mitt Romney and Pat McCrory have constructed that pane of glass so clear that both pundits and their viewers can see their choices clearly and visualize their future accurately.
With their debate wins, both Mitt Romney and Pat McCrory have shown that they represent the best choices for the future of our democracy.
Robert M. Levy is chairman of the Moore County Republican Party. Contact him at Law52@prodigy.net.
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