You didn’t really expect GOP nominee Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama to throw any bombs during last nightâ€™s presidential debate, did you? Governor Romneyâ€™s objective: Take it to Obama, win the debate. President Obamaâ€™s objective: Take it to the people, don’t lose the election. Itâ€™s fair to say that both candidates achieved their objectives. However, saying a candidate won the first debate of three before a presidential election is like saying your team won the first quarter of the Super Bowl. Even if it’s true, it’s meaningless.
But whatâ€™s up with Romney attacking the Muppet voting block? Can you really be pro-education and anti-Sesame Street?Â Will a Romney administration result in lay-offs on Sesame Street? I guess Big Bird, Miss Piggy & Kermit are among the 47%–lazy non-taxpayers who feel entitled to government support. Â I just hope the NAACP is looking out for the Sesame Street community. If the Muppets aren’t colored people, I don’t know who is.
The fact that the debate’s most memorable moment (aside from PBS Jim Lehrerâ€™s performance as moderator) is Romneyâ€™s promise to block public assistance to Sesame Street, if elected, tells you everything you need to know about its significance as a factor in this election. If youâ€™re caught up in all the punditry, analysis and hand-wringing (both on TV news channels and on Twitter) over who won and who lost last night, youâ€™re missing the big picture. No candidate ever won an election by winning a presidential debate, but plenty of them have lost one by saying or doing something stupid during a debate.
Romney came out swinging, because he had to. Obama didn’t, because he didn’t have to. No one will remember the first debate by November. Except the Muppets.