For those who had only "seen" and only "knew" Romney through the lens of a created caricature via the Obama machine and media, and have any sort of openness in their minds, I'm sure they were thinking during and after the debate that this guy is nothing like the bill of goods I've been sold.
It was obvious who, on that stage, is ready and willing to take leadership and face issues head on.
I don't know if this ship can be turned around, at this point by anyone, but I believe Romney/Ryan will both make the effort and be willing to let the buck stop with them.
Whatever the words from the debate, (and Romney certainly did have the edge there), the body language of the President could serve as a metaphor for his entire Presidency..... head down, never looking Romney in the eye.
Whenever there has been a real crisis, (not created ones, that we have seen for diversion and to push an agenda), it has been 'head down', 'eyes averted', 'Hey!, see that squirrel over there!'. From declaring by fiat, the recession over, recovery here, just after he took office...and while things got worse, he was on to fundamentally transforming healthcare, against the will of the majority...then..... to Deepwater Horizon, failing to take action for about two months, then taking action to knock the whole Gulf Coast economy, in spite of two court orders overruling him.
There is no recovery, offshore oil is harvested by China and others, there is no pipeline, there are no federal land permits being issued, all expansion is on private land....and he makes the claim that under his administration we're producing more oil and natural gas than ever. He fights against that every step of the way and then takes credit. Along the way his cronies and bundlers have received and mostly squandered some $90 billion for his precious "green energy".
Now, we're going on a month with Al Qaeda very much alive, tens of thousands of new "We are all Osamas", black flags fly above our embasssies, our Ambassador assassinated, and his eyes are averted, refusing to face the reality that his administration is culpable, negligent, and one might argue "criminally negligent". There is no leadership, again. Only blameshifting and obfuscation, again.
We have a President who will not look us or the problems, honestly, in the eyes.
How ironic that Obama hit the campaign trail yesterday, all full of bluster, accusing Romney of "not taking responsiblity". When Obama, who seems to think himself a king, is the queen of non-transparency and shunning all responsibility. "Accuse your opponent of everything you are." I guess that Machiavellian strategy does work, because he continues to use it.
This little "god-king" gets right back out there with his organizing and agitating, demanding that Big Bird and birth control are the issues of the day, that we must save.
Forget Christopher Stevens... (Who?)....forget the most unemployed workforce since the depths of the Carter recession years..... forget Israel....forget Iran, (it's just a little country anyway)....forget an exploding Middle East, and imploding Europe... but let's make sure we provide $18,000 in free prophylactics to girls from 12 to 26. What? Is this a plan to make all girls into prostitutes, turning 10 tricks a day, as a "national service corps" (or 'corpse', as Obama would say)?
The sad thing is that this most pathetic of Presidents will continue to garner the support and votes of so many whose only criteria is the (D) in front of his name..... and not the democratic republic that we are losing.