Dear Mark: My girlfriend and I watched the debate last night and disagree over who won. She feels like Obama did OK and that Romney was too aggressive and tried to dominate the event. She feels sorry for the president and still supports him for that reason alone. I'm an independent and will now vote for Romney. What are your impressions? -- At Odds in Delaware
Dear Odds: You'd better have your girlfriend's eyesight and hearing tested because even liberal pundits like James Carville and Chris Matthews thought President Obama was terrible. I thought Romney appeared calm, cool, collected and more importantly presidential, while President Obama looked sheepish and tentative, as if Michelle had just caught him eating a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich in the West Wing. He also looked tired, but I guess that's what too much golf and fundraisers with Jay Z and Beyonce will do to a man.
Many liberal pundits acted as if President Obama was simply not on his game Wednesday night and that he will come back strong in the rematch. I hate to break the news to the libs and this almost sounds cliche, but President Obama just doesn't do well without his beloved teleprompter.
Remember how the administration claimed the reason many Americans did not like Obamacare was because Team Obama failed to communicate the proper message to the American people about the president's plan. During the debate, the president took the stage in front of 50 million people and still couldn't convey a solid reason for giving him four more years. That should have been easy for the greatest speaker of all time.
Dear Mark: Perhaps you can explain the role of AARP in the lives of seniors they profess to represent. I know the organization lobbied aggressively for the passage of Obamacare. I also know AARP has built a huge insurance network selling its secondary health insurance to seniors for "their piece of mind." Now they're publishing a booklet to help seniors vote.
What is AARP? A social club, a profit making business, a liberal movement or a journalistic tactic to scare seniors to react to its cleverly designed rhetoric? Seniors must keep themselves informed and not respond to terror tactics but allow common sense and research to guide their votes.
Just mention AARP and discounts come your way. Is a 10 percent discount worth jumping into bed with the devil? I wonder. -- Perplexed in Texas
Dear Perplexed: Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina summed up AARP best in a recent op-ed piece when he said, "The group poses as a disinterested senior advocate while taking positions that just happen to coincide with its financial interests."
I believe President Obama heavily courted AARP, if not completely buying them off, in order to gain senior support for Obamacare. Many experts have noted that AARP stands to gain millions of dollars in additional revenue when Obamacare is fully implemented. Recently released e-mails from the House Energy and Commerce Committee brought to light a very cozy relationship between AARP and administration officials during the health care debate.
As a result, AARP's reputation amongst seniors has been deeply tarnished and membership has taken a hit. So much so that immediately after the presidential debate, AARP posted on its blog that it basically wanted to distance itself from either candidate after President Obama used their name to defend Obamacare.
Unfortunately for AARP, when you sleep with dogs you're going to get fleas, and today there's more scratching going on at AARP than during the Major League Baseball playoffs.
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