Last night’s presidential debate validated what most pundits already thought – you’d need a high-powered microscope to find the miniscule differences between Obama and Romney on drone strikes, the war in Afghanistan, relations with Pakistan, the intervention in Libya, support for Israel and crippling sanctions on Iran.
It also demonstrated that foreign affairs aren’t necessary foreign to Mitt Romney and that Barack Obama, helped a bit by his day job as president, has a fluent command of foreign affairs.
But what people will remember is the atmospherics of the debate.
Obama, perhaps still overreacting to his sleepy first debate, was more aggressive than an attack dog with a bad case of psoriasis. Even milk left out for a week in the Sahara isn’t as sour as Obama was in constantly harpooning Romney as if his opponent were the Great White Whale.
The president also delivered the best WWE smackdown of the debate trilogy, one that has the Internet buzzing like a bee hive wired on caffeine.
Responding to Romney’s call for more naval ships, Obama snapped: “Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military’s changed.”
Never mind that our Marines still are equipped with bayonets.
Obama’s theatrics found deaf ears on those with dispassionate ears.
In vivid contrast, Romney projected as a confident, plausible commander-in-chief. When Romney repeatedly acknowledged his agreement with aspects of the president’s policies, it exuded strength.
If you’re scoring at home, and for your sake I hope that you are, Mitt took the debates 2-1.