TV veteran Andy Martin: Mitt Romney won the White House Monday night
TV expert Andy Martin says Mitt Romney won the White House Monday evening. Andy says that Romney’s very strong TV performance in the final debate, and Obama’s abysmal TV behavior, sealed Obama’s fate.
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Andy Martin’s analysis of the final presidential debate: a clear Romney victory
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(New York) (October 23, 2012) Republican Party maverick and New Hampshire activist Andy Martin became associated with the television and radio industry in 1968. Among his various activities Andy has been producing TV and radio programs and ads since then. In 2008, Andy criticized Senator John McCain’s TV debate performance (two links below ).
Andy says Mitt Romney won Monday’s debate and, with the debate victory, the White House. Andy’s analysis:
“This is not a long commentary,” Andy says, “but simply some remarks directed at the debate performances of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
“On the content of my suggestions to the governor, Mitt Romney disregarded my own thoughts for the final debate and proceeded to demonstrate a classic example of the ‘laws of television.’ I first wrote about the ‘laws of television’ in 2008, in criticizing Senator John McCain’s debate performance (later I leaned others have also used the “law” term).
“So what are the ‘laws of television?’ Smiles sell, frowns do not. Interruptions must be respectful, not accusatory.
“President Obama’s TV appearance was the first negative I observed. Either he was very tired, and they did not make him up properly, or I saw a bad TV angle on CBS and Fox. (I’d welcome responses from readers on what they thought of Obama’s face, dark shadows and TV angle in their own debate watching.)
“The shots of Obama looking at Romney had Obama with dark eyes, furrowed brow and a generally desultory appearance. Not good. Romney, on the other hand, was deferential; there were no negative ions.
“Second, Obama kept interrupting Romney, and in a rude and disrespectful manner. Frankly, I was shocked by Obama’s performance. But Romney handled Obama’s heckling perfectly: he ignored the president with one exception. Romney exposed Obama’s lies about Romney’s rescue plan for the auto industry. I wrote a piece about Romney’s response last week (link  below).
“Last week the men engaged in a ‘town meeting’ slugfest. Well, when people are free to move around, they move. They point, they gesture, they become demonstrative. Both men were ‘physical’ in the second debate and the dual performances neutralized the confrontational body language. But in the third debate, Obama continued to be confrontational and accusatory while Romney was not.
“Obama kept attacking Romney and trying to prevent Romney from stating his case. Obama’s behavior was extremely rude.
“You can ‘jab’ your opponent on TV. Obama did it at the second debate with his ‘your retirement plan is bigger than mine’ remark to Romney. TV etiquette does not prevent sharp exchanges. But they have to be respectful. Humor also helps.
“Obama was also condescending. In response to Romney’s ‘navy’ remark, Obama was insulting. What Romney should have said, and failed to do so, was ‘President Obama, you heard Bob Schiefer introduce this debate as taking place on the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1962 the U. S. Navy had 900 ships. Today we have less than 300. Do you really believe that 300 ships can cover the same area of ocean as 900 vessels?’ In any event, Obama’s remarks were condescending. Duly noted.
“Candidates always move towards the center as election day approaches; that is where the undecided voters reside in every election. ‘Base’ voters understand and accept this movement. Thus, there was nothing surprising about Romney’s softer tone Monday night. But instead of appealing to undecideds, Obama’s strident attitude very likely turned off undecideds.
“I know the cable networks usually have focus groups discussing the debates afterwards but after observing the groups Monday night I question the validity of both the focus groups and the instant polls.
“In my opinion Obama’s confrontational performance violated the ‘laws of television’ and will be the final campaign mistake that costs him the presidency.
“Finally, why didn’t Romney dwell on Benghazi? He didn’t have to. On September 12th, when Mitt Romney was under attack by Republicans and Democrats, I announced my support for Romney’s Middle East remarks. On September 23rd, when Romney was still under attack, by Republican Party ‘opinion leaders,’ and many pundits though Romney’s campaign was doomed, I announced the formation of Romney’s Rangers and again restated my strong support for Romney.
“Romney was ambushed by Candy Crowley at the last debate; but over the past few days, Crowley’s ambush backfired. Benghazi has been on every TV channel. Almost every TV bobblehead predicted that Benghazi would become a central focus of the debate. But by the time the debate began, Benghazi had already been used to discredit Obama. There was nothing left for Romney to do, and nothing left to attack. Romney chose to segue to the ‘big picture’ and he made it work. Romney had perfect pitch; Obama did not.
“Congratulations, Governor. Monday night you won the White House. The trend in your favor is likely to continue, and the outcome on November 6th is increasingly inexorable. You win.”
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