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President Obama’s visit to Israel was nothing less than inspiring. He met with many people, enjoyed Israeli music, was inspired by Israeli innovative high-tech technology, and made an inspirational, heartwarming speech in front of young students who applauded his every word. If any of us doubted Obama’s obligation to Israel in the past couple of years, our doubts dissolved over the past few days.
Last night’s Foreign Policy debate was all about swing — the candidates taking final swings at each other and aiming for the hearts and minds of swing voters. And conventional polling wisdom tells us who the most important “swing voters” are, particularly for the President: that’s right, the women.
After watching two long debates in which the only “women’s issue” raised was in the context of two men’s faith, I had little hope going into last night’s town hall.
I’m going to be honest here, I watch the Presidential Debates for pure amusement. And as Erin Gloria Ryan said over at Jezebel, last night’s debate may go down in history as the most boring 90 minutes ever aired on national television. This may be true but it wasn’t a complete waste of time. I enjoyed watching the President’s smirk when Romney spoke; I loved watching Romney’s bizarre, plastered on smile when the President spoke but my mind is already made up. I know who I’m voting for and no 90 minute debate is going to change my mind. I didn’t go to a debate party and I didn’t print out any of those drinking games. Instead I hunkered down in front of the television armed with my computer and a beer.
Before I went to bed, I flipped over to MSNBC to watch the anchors duke it out, complaining that the President was too weak and declaring Romney the victor in last night’s toe-to-toe battle. But let’s be real-there was no battle. My personal opinion is that the President wasn’t allowing himself to be baited by Romney who seemed more like a petulant child trying to screaming louder (over Poor Jim Lehrer) to have his point heard-but that’s just me. They both said a lot without saying much of anything and for those voters in the middle, there are more debates in our future-hopefully both sides will give us a better look at the issues at hand.
Sandra Fluke — she of the Limbaugh slut-shaming and the Jewish boyfriend — gave a strong speech about contraception and women’s health at the DNC last night. Bumped up to primetime, the young activist got the crowd excited and did an admirable job hitting the Republican candidates hard over their party’s series of legislative attempts against reproductive rights and health care that are now known as “The War on Women.” She enumerated the worst aspects of that war quite clearly: