Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Of Horses and Bayonets

Last night viewers tuned in for the final debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama.  I didn't pay too much attention to the show, because my mind has already been made up.  (In case any of you are wondering).  Apparently, Obama's "horses and bayonets" retort about America's military capability caused quite an on-line stir.
Despite Obama's snarky response, Scott Johnson thought Romney landed most of the knock-out punches
So.  Who won last night's debate?
Most conservative commentators say it was a draw and that Romney "played it safe," by not calling out Obama on such topics as Benghazigate.  Romney also kept bringing up the economy, knowing that is what voters are most concerned about.  In other words, Romney was thinking strategically instead of tactically. 
Jennifer Rubin lists Ten Debate Follow-Ups.
As to the actual "bayonet" comment, Mark Steyn pointed out that our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have managed to see the use of cold steel.
Not to mention horses by our special ops folks...
Whether Romney played it too safe or not, it hasn't hurt his momentum.  Part of this may be explained by a phenomena known as preference cascade
Whether this "cascade" moves Mr and Mrs Romney into the White House will be determined in just two weeks from now.

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