If we may be pardoned for using yet another sports analogy to explain politics, Wednesday's presidential candidate debate looked like a one-sided boxing match. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney came out swinging while President Barack Obama danced, covered up and offered little more than a few jabs.
At times, especially early on, the debate seemed more like a schoolyard argument. Obama: "He wants a $5 trillion tax cut." Romney: "No I don't." Obama: "Yes you do." Romney: "No I don't."... Moderator Jim Lehrer regrettably didn't call a halt to this prolonged exchange and force them on to another topic.
Obama never threw his big punches - Romney's "47 percent" quote, for example, or whether Bain Capital was a job creator or created profits by slashing jobs.
Romney meanwhile scored with his "trickle-down government" comment -?whoever came up with that deserves a raise - that illuminated the deep philosophical difference between the two. Obama believes government must take a leading role in economic issues, "putting more money in the pockets of the middle class" so they'll buy cars and computers to stimulate the economy. Romney believes government should get out of the way and let the private sector create jobs and grow the economy. With more people working and making better wages, more taxes will come into the government coffers, he said.
There are more debates ahead, but we'd have to score the first round for Romney.