Following an earlier reader assessment of the subtle ways in which Barack Obama may have been trying to rile Mitt Romney -- apart from the quite obvious jibes and challenges he applied in the second debate -- another reader adds this observation:
Obama also did one other thing - constantly interjected comments like "that's not true" - or "you're wrong Governor" while Romney was speaking. My experience in corporate life showed me very few CEOs or execs that would tolerate those types of disrespectful interjections while they are talking. Romney becomes exasperated quite easily - and then he goes to adrenaline pumping "attacky" Romney --- "I'll give you some advice." --- or following up on the text of the Rose Garden speech - even when Obama said "proceed Governor" - a sure sign that this was a trap.
Two things happen when the Governor's adrenaline pumps - first Romney becomes nonstrategic and unfocused. Second - he has to have the last word (Crowley saying Governor, please take your seat). I believe subconsciously, women voters are not impressed with a man that "has to have the last word." I'm expecting a lot more of this tactic.
This rings true -- about what Obama was doing, and how Romney reacted. In a few hours we'll have a better idea of whether it was a concerted strategy on Obama's part, and whether Romney has thought about the ways he should respond.
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