Romney: Good But No Knockout Punch

First off, you should know I’m as objective as anyone can be in this election – I won’t vote for either of these jokers. Second, I’m a corporate speechwriter and speaking coach.  Executives have actually paid me to give presentation critiques and advice for over 30-years.  That said,

Romney won the debate decisively.  The millions of people who watched were impressed with his eloquence, confidence, and the fact he was actually enjoying himself in the exchanges.  Obama looked like he was standing in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles; tired, bored, sometimes irritated, and trying to find the right instructions on the sheets in front of him.

Romney needed one, simple and clear message people could talk about at work today.  He didn’t have it.

For a knockout punch, Romney SHOULD have said:

“Mr. President, respectfully, you’ve tried new and different policies to address America’s problems these last four years. That’s to your credit – you’ve made some good attempts.

But today, this country is nowhere near where we should be.  We’re nowhere near the place you’d said we’d be four years ago.  Simply, it’s time for new ideas and a change in  direction.

This positive change – including all of my supporting points and data, can be found at

I will run for President for only 1-term.  For the next four years I will NOT be influenced by partisan politics, continuous fundraising, nor political cronies.  I will ONLY work for the American people.”

If Romney said this, Michelle would start packing today.

3 Responses to “Romney: Good But No Knockout Punch”

  1. Bill says:

    I agree Romney won the debate. I also do not plan to vote for either of them.

    Having Romney attack Obama’s policies as being ineffective may have some rhetorical value if Obama doesn’t hit back, but the fact is the GOP has blocked Obama at every turn the past two years, even on inconsequential administrative garbage, so we don’t actually know if his ideas would have worked or not.

    When Romney cited the Reagan-O’Neal cooperation, Obama should have hit back hard with the current GOP’s filibusters, 60% policy, and not even voting on judicial appointments. All his life, Obama’s approach has been to come off as a “non-threatening” black guy, but that strategy will not work against a confident, aggressive debater like Romney. Obama must step his game up to have any chance.

    As a sidenote: Jim Lehrer was a disgrace. I’ve noticed older men have a problem when bullied in a debate setting. I know this will sound ageist, but maybe they should have a mandatory retirement age for moderators. Even Wm F Buckley Jr was having trouble in his later years, and that guy could handle himself.

  2. Joseph Belle-Isle says:

    Obama was poor before his “Handlers” put him in the ring. Now on senators and presidents pay he’s a millionaire or better. He has NEVER represented ANY Americans. Giving money and free cellphones to people to show up at the DNC to back him. He only knows how to buy followers, But the people you can “Buy” just love to steal shit from you. We absolutely NEED literacy tests for voting again. That way Dead people couldn’t pass the test for one thing. But some folks were taped saying they definitely WOULD vote for McCain if he dumped Sarah Palin. People votong don’t even know who’s running except Obama. When he made the first pullout in Afghanistan the troops we trained are already switching back to fight for the Taliban, and as one Afhani told me, “THE TALIBAN IS AFGHANISTAN!” tHE ONLY THING i LIKED ABOUT ANY OF THOSE WARS WAS THAT THE DRAFT DODGEING RESERVES FINALLY HAD TO DO SOME FIGHTING. They used to laugh at those of us made 1-A and forced to go saying “Adios suckers! While your getting killed we’ll be in bed with our wives!!” In my induction year there were no spots in any reserves open for us 19 yr olds. They liked to rub it in, they got it rubbed in.

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