If you haven't watched the first U.S. presidential debate that took place in Colorado yesterday, maybe you should:
A vast majority of folks on both sides (including the Guardian, CIPig, various left-wing power groups and individuals including Michael Moore, Bill Maher, MSNBC, The Huffington Post, and almost 70% of people in polls) agree that Romney has won. He was more prepared, more aggressive, more connected with general principles, unusually emotional for this de facto technocrat. He demolished ideas about his trying to abolish taxes for the rich and similar nonsense – instead, he presented a realistic picture in which tax rates are lower but the exemptions are reduced, too. Obama was subdued, discontinuous, confused, and wasting lots of time with irrelevant details and technicalities, and he reminded us of a boy who is being chastised and accepts the criticism, regardless of what his naughty boy friends who also and especially need to be spanked (I mean the Democratic Party here) will say.
It looked like Romney wants the job but Obama doesn't. Why is it so?
Well, I have expressed this idea – which is partly a result of an analysis, partly a wishful thinking óf mine – before. Obama has actually understood that the left-wing attitudes are wrong. They don't work. He's not stupid, he had 4 years to study this issue from a rather powerful reference frame, and he has learned a lot – even though he began to have a clue before he became a president.
He was manipulated into a position of a president from whom the extreme left-wingers expected a lot. They have "made him" but he has never been genuinely and internally one of them. He knows that the pro-freedom principles that Romney – partially – represented make sense while the opposition to them doesn't make sense. He just realizes he's in a rather sensitive position and if he admitted everything he already knows, he would create a lot of hassle for himself and the U.S.
So Obama will do everything he can to lose (without making his intent totally obvious) the November elections. Then he will come out of closet as a conservative and will write a book on how the nasty politically correct left-wingers have been manipulating him for years to be another obedient left-winger.
By the way, if you need an accurate 2-minute summary of the debate, here is a Chinese animated one, you will understand it: