Game Changer in Denver

“Cleaned His Clock”

It could have been Ronald Reagan quipping, “There you go again” last night in Denver.

The term “cleaned his clock” took on a whole new meaning at Wednesday night’s first presidential debate.

An energized and textbook perfect Mitt Romney dominated a lethargic and tired looking President Obama. To sum up the former governor’s performance, he out-hustled, out-facted, out-energized and out-informed the incumbent.

Lopsidedness of The Verbal Brawl

The lopsidedness of the verbal brawl was not lost on liberal ideologues such as Bill Mahar and Chris Matthews who were quick to raise the white flag in round one of three televised debates this month.

Romney’s insomnia-inducing convention speech had never happened. The former governor commanded the stage focusing on economic issues and an easy-to-understand philosophy of limited government. He triumphantly mezmerized 60 million people as a pro-growth tax reformer. A president who would lower the rate and broaden the base in a revenue-neutral fashion.

By golly, he would actually create jobs and spur the economy. The national sales presentation was a masterpiece from start to effective close.

Romney Respectfully Corrected The President

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Barack Obama and Mitt Romney at the first of three Presidential Debates, 2012.

Many for the first time considered that just maybe his ideas for tax reform could be the solution the country is looking for. At intervals throughout the debate, Romney respectfully corrected the president on a number of issues including oil tax breaks, healthcare issues, job training programs in the federal government and even how Obamacare works.

Romney’s knowledge base was impressively broad and deep – to many, much broader and deeper than President Obama ever showed with his tired responses that sounded like some old stump speech.

Clearly the president missed his ever-present teleprompter.

Obama appeared petulant. He knew he was outclassed and out-hustled, not in command of the facts. Romney’s demeanor was refreshingly calm, yet insistent. You believed he was for a truly limited government and strong private sector. He wanted people to understand his passion and he did so convincingly.

A Flat, Time-Worn Rendition

No new policies were mentioned by the president he would enact if re-elected to a second term. All Obama provided was a flat, time-worn rendition of what he opposes, which is everything Romney supports. We were left with nothing he actually believes in.

Obama instead provided his not-so-hidden agenda. Spend more on government programs, keep pouring money into the losing ventures of green energy and raise taxes in order to do so. For almost every question Romney raised, President Obama had a government solution.

Romney countered Obama’s free spending plans with a private-sector solution that clearly left the president devastated and looking for the exit. What began as a debate ended in a one-sided lecture.

Mitt Romney Exuded The Image of a President

If the public hadn’t seen it before last night, Mitt Romney exuded the image of a president. He kept his demeanor and showed himself as a leader in control of power. His knowledge was sharp and impeccable – his principles rock solid.

Romney left no doubt he is the leader of the Republican Party. Wednesday’s performance will undoubtedly attract independent voters. Can “Romney Democrats” be far behind?

His willingness to provide bipartisan solutions on tax reform and a rewritten Obamacare law were spot on. He not only presented one solution per issue, but in many cases several that could be discussed in a bi-partisan spirit.

“Happy” to Take Suggestions

Even more remarkably, Romney would be “happy” to take suggestions from the other side of the aisle. You believed him.

Masterful is the one word that sums up the performance.

Dwight L. Schwab Jr.
Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. He has written more than 3500 national political and foreign affairs columns. His BS in journalism from the University of Oregon, with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing.


Dwight has 30-years in the publishing industry, including ABC/Cap Cities and International Thomson. His first book, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selective Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014," was published in July, 2014. "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Presidential Election in History," was published in April 2017.


Dwight is a native of Portland, Oregon, and now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.