As a great man once said, 'To the winner goes the spoils'

Richard G. Carter | 6/13/2013, 1:24 p.m.
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In Ohio, Biden said, "It's good to be here in Iowa." And in Virginia last week, Biden three times called U.S. Senate candidate "Tom Kaine," instead of Tim Kaine.

In the final debate, Romney was leading the polls, played it safe and let Obama off the hook for his botched handling and ongoing cover-up of the terrorist murders in Libya of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans on the Sept. 11 anniversary. He took the high ground and looked presidential by stressing Obama's terrible economy.

On the other hand, Obama was harsh, mocking, disrespectful and condescending while trying to paint his opponent as out of touch. In response, Romney's best line was: "Mr. President, attacking me doesn't make an agenda."

And Obama--with no military service--said this to Romney: "You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines."

Obama apparently is unaware that bayonets remain a fixture of Army and Marine infantry troops for close combat, and that a submarine is a boat, not a ship. Uh-huh.

In the second debate, CNN's liberal moderator Candy Crowley gave four minutes more to Obama and kept interrupting Romney. She also backed up Obama's blatant lie about calling the Sept. 11 embassy attack in Libya terrorism when he spoke on Sept. 12.

In full cover-up mode, Obama said "no acts of terror" in general--not specifying the terrorists killing Americans in Benghazi. After the debate, Crowley admitted she goofed. Democrats Pat Cadell, a former Jimmy Carter pollster, and Doug Schoen, a former Bill Clinton pollster, both condemned Crowley's favoritism for Obama. It was shameless.

In the first debate, Obama laid a giant egg. He rambled, stammered and was clearly flustered without teleprompters. His pathetic performance recalled Clint Eastwood's empty chair at the GOP convention. Romney looked him in the eye, Obama looked down.

Romney's commanding performance was concise, specific, confident, forceful and projected strength. Obama spouted platitudes--clearly not used to being challenged after being coddled by a fawning liberal news media that asks him only softball questions.

Bottom line: Whether you're a Democrat, Republican or independent, America-at-large was the real winner in this election--which is what our country is all about. This is, indeed, the land of the free and the home of the brave. And that's the name of that tune.