Obama Clearly Won the Debate, and he May Have Helped Himself with Jewish Voters

October 23, 2012 1:16 am 14 comments

President Obama and Mitt Romney. Photo: Screenshot.

The Algemeiner has asked me to comment on tonight’s third debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. I am a Republican who supports Mitt Romney, but I will endeavor to be objective in my evaluation of the debate.

I have six basic comments:

1. In terms of “debating points”, Obama clearly won the debate.  He had better command of the issues, and he had highly effective rebuttals to every Romney criticism.

2.  Obama may have helped himself significantly with Jewish voters.  He emphasized America’s commitment to Israel and joint Israel-American military cooperation.  There are very questionable aspects of Obama’s record on Israel – his pressure on Israel to make territorial concessions, his disrespectful treatment of the Netanyahu government, and his refusal to establish “red lines” regarding Iran’s movement towards obtaining a nuclear weapon.  Yet Romney failed to challenge Obama on any of these points.

3.  Romney refrained from criticism on Benghazi.  Evidently, he felt that such criticism could backfire.

4.   In spite of losing the debate, Romney did appear “presidential” and in that sense solidified his status as a potential commander-in-chief, avoiding a potential vote loss on the leadership issue.

5.  Doubtless, the right wing of the Republican Party was dismayed at the number of times Romney agreed with Obama during the debate.  These voters have nowhere else to go, however, and they are so determined to defeat Obama that they will stick with Romney.

6.  The outcome of this election will be determined by the vote in Ohio.  This is why Obama continues to mention the auto bailout every chance he gets, as he did during the debate.  One out of every eight jobs in Ohio is connected, directly or indirectly, with the auto industry.  We will learn the ultimate impact of the third debate when we see the polls in Ohio in a few days.

Alan J. Steinberg served as Regional Administrator of Region 2 EPA during the administration of former President George W. Bush. Region 2 EPA consists of the states of New York and New Jersey, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and eight federally recognized Indian nations. Under former New Jersey Governor Christie Whitman, he served as Executive Director of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission. He currently serves on the political science faculty of Monmouth University.

14 Comments

  • HOW CAN ANYONE, ESPECIALLY A JEW, VOTE FOR A SELF-PROCLAIMED MUSLIM AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES?

    EASY, IF THEY ARE DEAF AND BLIND.

    IT’S NOT THE RELIGION THAT’S A PROBLEM, IT’S THE PROCLIVITY AWAY FROM U.S. ALLY ISRAEL, AND A TOTAL LACK OF RESPECT FOR ITS LEADER.

    MANY A TRUTH IS SAID IN JEST AND WHEN OBAMA SAID AT THE AL SMITH DINNER THAT HE WISHED HE COULD USE HIS MIDDLE NAME EVERYONE IN THE AUDIENCE LAUGHED INCLUDING THE PRESS CORE, INDEED, HIS MIDDLE NAME IS HUSSEIN.

    NO, MR. OBAMA IS NOT MY ECONOMIC OR OTHERWISE CUP OF TEA.

  • Today, October 25, Colin Powell was on the CBS Morning News. When asked by Charlie Rose how he planned to vote, Gen Powell was very eloquent as to why he was voting ,once again, for Pres. Obama. i suspect the interview will be available on You Tube. I share in the views of Gen. Powell. I am most concerned about the US Supreme Court. The next administration can be expected to appoint one or two justices. We need to assure that they are centrists rather than right wing ideologues.

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  • Obama tried his best but he just wasn’t up to the job. His problem wasn’t a lack of ability; it was that he chose to take this country in the wrong direction. When he came to the decision making fork in the road he chose to go left instead of right. He wanted to fundamentally change America, the greatest country in the world, rather than improve the fundamentals that made America great to maker even greater.

    Also he has alienated we liberals who voted for him last time and for the last time not because of the color of his skin but because of its thinness.

  • Less than 2 weeks from the Presidential election and we are still stuck on questioning Obama’s credibility? Lt. Col. Howard came out with profound comments. If one is to question his veracity, will the questioner equally examine Obama’s credibility? Probably not! The reason being that Obama is black and if we question a black we will be held to accusations of racism. If we are not prepared to stand up to last minute heinous accusations by the left, we will have only ourselves to blame. Gloria Allred has already begun. She is involved in a perjury suit against Romney – something having to do with a divorce of a colleague. Remember Herman Cain and the accusations of improprieties against some female. It came out last minute. This is a famous method that is used again and again.
    The world waited too long to put down the Nazis. That was 11+ million dead. There was Stalin and Pol Paht (I think I got the pronunciation right). We wait too long to react because of fear of being ourselves accused of some falseness. Will someone please stand up to bringing the UN to a close? How many millions are now dead because they failed to act.
    I am not a politico, but there must be one (or more) out there that have the mind set to prevent another decimation of our liberties and freedoms. There are too many people out there who won’t or can’t believe that we may be faced with another ’9/11′. The next one may not be limited to buildings.

  • OBAMA IS IN IT FOR HIS LAST TERM, HE WILL HAVE A KEEN EYE ON HOW HE WILL BE REMEMBERED.
    HE WAS HANDED A POISONED CHALICE ,ECONOMY WISE, WHEN HE BECAME PRESIDENT, BUT PEOPLE LIKE TO FORGET.
    I AM NO FAN OF OBAMA BUT WHEN I LOOK CAREFULLY AT THE ALTERNATIVE I WILL CHOOSE OBAMA.
    MAYBE HE WILL SURPRISE ME.

  • LT COL HOWARD

    Let me to share with you why I am worried (and why I , a lifelong left of center liberal Democrat, am so concerned with the Democratic Party and with this administration).
    My views come from meetings that have personally attended , from official government reports and reports from RAND, Brookings,CSIS etc.,and from Ali Abunimah, Rashid Khalidi,Robert Malley, and Aaron David Miller. All of these are established Obama administration advisors on the Middle East. None of my views are secondhand. None of my views have been obtained from any “right-wing sources”
    On Tuesday, October 16, 2012 I attended an intelligence discussion held at a nationally prominent “ think tank: “ . This is that conclusion “ In discussing the latest Iran-Israel dynamics, you can’t get away from red lines. President Obama has thus far held back from spelling out what stage of Iranian nuclear development would trigger U.S. military action (e.g., certain levels of enriched uranium that allows Iran to have the capability to produce nuclear weapons, as Netanyahu outlined at the UN, or evidence of actual nuclear weapons development). Just 26 percent of respondents said that if Obama is re-elected, he will fulfill his vow not to allow Iran to produce a nuclear weapon, and 65 percent are skeptical.”
    I’m concerned that Pres. Obama willingly joined into the toast “death to Israel” at the Rashid Khalidi farewell dinner in Chicago (as agreed to by several of the attendees). This concerns me much more than “folders full of women” which illustrated that Gov. Romney appointed more women to high-level positions than any other governor had done up until that time.

  • We share a common understanding-simply, that this nation is heading for disaster, thanks to four years of Obama. We are heading off the economic cliff-Fact. Romney is the only one to help us get back on the path to solvency, rebuild our name, face and strength in the international community and remove the stains of Obama. He slept while our people were murdered. The whole video story is simply that, a cover-up. Sadly Chris Stevens was assisting to locate weapon and move them through Turkey to Syria…CIA, White House…ALL KNEW but they think we are all stupid and will not ask questions. ASK THEM, DEMAND ANSWERS AND FIRE OBAMA, THE GREAT DESTROYER.

  • I don’t understand how any Jewish person can favor Obama. He is clearly an Islam and he wears a ring that he has worn since in college with Arabic for There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his Prophet! He is destroying our country and I hope the Jews in America awake to the fact that he is Islam and helping the Muslim Brotherhood. It has come out in our news that our Ambassador in Libya was working with Turkey to get weapons from Libya to Turkey to go in to Syria to help the Muslim Brotherhood. How can a Jewish person support that?

    • “How can a Jewish person support that?”

      Are silver-tongued, professional liars new phenonema?
      Who helped mankind get expelled from the Garden of Eden?

      Have Jewsish Americans been denied higher education?
      The higher the degree, the harder the devil is to see.

      Who do self-assured Jewish Americans impress most? Each other. We are now “Legends in our own minds!”

      What did Jewish Americans learn from the Holocaust?
      We worship ‘Never Again!’ shrines, huge erections all.

      Why do so few see Obama destroying American existence?
      Head-in-your-butt ambulation limits field-of-vision.

      Throughout history, assimilation has been our demise.
      Socialist Jews define the Dem-ise-ocratic Party.

      Complacency depletes competence. Unlike our Kiddish cup, America’s Yiddisher cup does NOT overflow!

  • Seymour Bortner

    You’ve got to be kidding. If nothing else, Romney clearly documented Obama’s distancing himself from Israel by his “tour of apology” to the Arab powers in the Middle East, while shunning Israel. If he wins the election, and then has no reason to court the “Jewish vote”, you can rest assured he’ll abandon Israel. He showed himself as a nasty, mean-spirited, vicious man who is facile in use of slogans, but defective in any real new plans to change the economic and international status of the U.S. Any Jew who was impressed by Obama’s performance of empty promises never fulfilled deserves what he gets – Noam Chomsky must be kvelling tonight after reading this!!

  • Is this a joke? This subject of the book The Great Destroyer was disrespectful, flippant, impatient, & lied the whole night, as he always does. He gave Romney the most disgusting hateful stare. He interrupted Romney several times & showed lack of control. Romney looked & sounded presidential. Obomber, despite all of his lies & his childish behavior, looked like a nervous wreck.
    Romney didn’t have to mention that Obomber indirectly caused the death of 4 Americans in Libya because this is actually getting media coverage. Romney’s mistake is that he didn’t mention that Obomber continues to give our enemy at war, the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist leader of Egypt, billions of tax dollars, a clear act of treason — aiding & abetting an enemy during wartime. Morsi, y”s, is the bastard who played that video on his state-run t.v. station, weeks after receiving our 1.2 billion dollars. Today, I saw a video on memritv.com showing him praying deeply for the extermination of all Jews. Off the top of my head: Obomber told S’derot that he’d work to end the missiles landing there. He’s done NOTHING. This is exactly how everything he said in this debate went, it can all be disproved, corrected, or is a lie.

    • I agree 100%. Only a self hating Jew can vote for Obama. I can’t believe so many of my fellow landsmen choose to ignore the facts about this impostor.

    • Once again, I had a great reply and someone beat me to it. Damn! Since I can’t sat it better I won’t try.

  • I already voted for the President (it felt great)..

    Vote vote vote and vote again (joke) .. but seriously, take someone with you who is registered that needs a ride.. Ask your family if they have got theirs in yet.

    Look folks, no matter who you plan on voting.. hedge your bets and VOTE BEFORE DEADLINE>>

    No rush, no hurry, no intimidation, just organized entry.. VOTE VOTE VOTE~!

    Don’t be late, participate~!!!!

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