I have no idea who that guy was on the stage with President Obama. It certainly wasn't the neo-con whose real idea of foreign policy is having a bunch of foreign athletes hanging out in Utah for a couple weeks. The guy who showed up last night not only showed little knowledge of the world at large, but completely lacked opinions other than "I agree with the President."
I could see that, as could you, and all the other people who follow politics, because we know all the other Mitts who have been on stage for the last 6 years. We know, for example, that THAT guy doesn't believe in leaving Afghanistan in 2014. The guy from last night does. We could go line-by-line through what Debate 3 Mitt said and clearly differentiate his parrots from previous speeches, policy papers, interviews and even previous debates.
However, in the final calculus, the problem is that it's low information voters who tuned in, or will read today's summations. These folks have no idea that Debate 3 Mitt was LYING.
When you look at the polls, by the way, the topline for CNN indicates that Obama won 48 - 40. What "regular folks" won't know is that CNN only used people they'd polled for previous 2012 debates, and that their sample is overly weighted towards Republicans. No undecideds, nor even a decent mix of genders, ages or racial makeup. Sadly for those people who watch CNN, the network has an agenda, and they'll screw around with their sample to get the meme they want.
I did love that our president mentioned horses, bayonets, aircraft carriers and submarines. And that our president was, well, presidential in the face of Debate 3 Mitt who was the interrupting bully he always is in these situations.
What did you think? Floor is open.