Dispiriting Debate

Conservatives concerned about the country were hoping for a knockout by Mitt Romney at last night’s debate on foreign policy against an extremely vulnerable Barack Obama. What we got instead was rope-a-dope, as if Romney is so far ahead that all his has to do is survive the wild haymakers of the champ. Where were the questions and critiques of the Libya disaster, the Obama flip-flops on Gitmo, the open wound that is Afghanistan?

The aggressor, Mr. Obama, wins this debate on points, mainly because Romney didn’t show up. Romney enjoyed his resurrection in the polls because of his strong performance in the first debate. His abandonment of that approach last night is dispiriting, to say the least. This fight is too close to call, and Romney had better keep punching if he wants to survive.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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