“These guys eat too much red meat!” (Source: Ray Dawn Chong in the movie Commando)
Only 47% of the electorate is ‘X’ chromosome challenged. In other words, 53% of the voters are women. Last night’s debate, which was generally a draw, was a display in chest-pumping, intimidation-matching action. I have heard that women are a very large share of the professional wrestling market, but I wonder if our two Presidential candidates, in an effort to not look “meek”, are now in a blood match to see who can be more aggressive, macho, and rude. It is very evident that the two gentlemen have a pretty low opinion of the other.
In the “I’m as manly as you” category, the President did succeed in matching Governor Romney. But, he failed to describe, other than repeating his “let’s tax small businesses making $200,000 or more” mantra, how he alters his policies of continued run-away spending and economy-choking regulatory oversight.
Furthermore, the President was forced to take the opening made by the moderator to quickly move away from the Benghazi discussion. She gave him coverage by interrupting Governor Romney as he was going to challenge the President on his handling of Libya and the Middle East. There is a large distinction between claiming that a mob of unruly hooligans crashed the barricades and killed our Ambassador as a result of a Youtube video and admitting that an armed Al Qaeda paramilitary organization, operating under orders, purposely attacked the US, murdering our Ambassador, in its on-going war against the West. For two weeks, the Administration obfuscated, misled, and confused the two, to the detriment of America. You can clearly hear the President repeat, several times, “Let’s move on.”
Or, to quote another movie (this time Monty Python & the Holy Grail), “Run Away!!!”
On the other hand, Governor Romney opened the door to the President’s 47% closing statement, which was not a strong ending for the Governor.
Net-net, neither side gave ground and neither side scored any major points. My opinion, being among the XY-chromosome community, is that it will be interesting to see the impact on the 53%, an impact that I’m ill-equipped to fully fathom.