What struck me most about the debate last night was how it managed to be simultaneously filled with content and empty. Policy numbers were flying left and right, and yet very little was being said. I didn’t really get a sense of either candidate other than Romney’s new smiling hyper-aggressiveness and Obama’s caution.
It reminded me of a poker game. Romney played the guy that bets every hand, no matter what he has – a offensive, loose game, much like his tax policy of gambling that lowering tax rates will lead to higher returns. Obama played the guy who sits and waits for the right cards – a tight, defensive game, much like his fiscal policy of making strategic bets on certain industries. I would observe, keeping to the metaphor, that the first kind of game requires a much better player than the second.