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Tue Oct 16, 2012, 02:27 PM

Obama vs Romney II

3-8-1971: Joe Frazier decisions Muhammad Ali, 15 rounds..

1-26-1974: Muhammad Ali decisions Joe Frazier, 12 rounds.

10-1-1975: Muhammad Ali TKOs Joe Frazier, 14 rounds.


I understand why some folks do not like to compare politics to boxing. And I fully appreciate that presidential elections lack the socio-political significance of the Ali versus Frazier trilogy. Still, I think that by examining their three classic bouts, we can get an idea of what to expect in tonight’s Obama vs. Romney debate #2.

In what was called “The Fight of the Century,” two undefeated heavyweight met at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1971. The older and better educated folks on this forum will recall that this fight was viewed in a larger cultural context. Ali, who had taken a brave stance against Uncle Sam’s war in Vietnam, represented both “Black Power” and the counterculture. Frazier, through no fault of his own, was identified as the establishment’s champion. (He definitely wasn’t!) Frazier won by decision in a fight that caused more controversy than the first Obama-Romney debate.

Ali would win a convincing decision in the second fight. I was sitting at ringside at MSG that night. Muhammad used his greater size, speed, and skill to outbox Smokin’ Joe. Then, in their “rubber match,” the two stood toe-to-toe, in what most experts consider to be the greatest heavyweight title fight in boxing history. After 14 back-and-forth rounds, Joe’s corner man Eddie Futch told the referee to stop the fight. He would later say that he was convinced that Joe would have risked death had he attempted to fight that last round.

I believe that tonight’s debate will be won by President Obama. He will, like Ali in the second fight, use his greater intellect, political skills, and personality to pick an outclassed Romney apart. Then, in next week’s third debate, President Obama will go toe-to-toe with Romney, and deliver a whipping that kills Willard’s political career.

Like the Ali vs. Frazier trilogy, historians will focus on the 1st and 3rd debates in future coverage of the Obama vs. Romney contest. While the second one might lack some of the excitement, it will demonstrate the difference in the contestants’ level of skills. I’m looking forward to a group of friends coming over to watch it tonight. And after they leave, I’ll enjoy getting on DU, to discuss the event.

Enjoy tonight’s debate!

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H2O Man Oct 2012 OP
H2O Man Oct 2012 #1
H2O Man Oct 2012 #2
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MagickMuffin Oct 2012 #8
MagickMuffin Oct 2012 #5
H2O Man Oct 2012 #7
MagickMuffin Oct 2012 #4
spanone Oct 2012 #6
RagAss Oct 2012 #9
H2O Man Oct 2012 #10
RagAss Oct 2012 #12
coeur_de_lion Oct 2012 #11

Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 03:37 PM

1. I strongly disagree.

I think that President Obama will (verbally) knock that stupid fucking grin off Romney's face.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 03:38 PM

2. I hope you're right!

I'd love to see that, myself.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 06:30 PM

3. Count on it.

President Obama knows what he has to do.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 06:39 PM

8. Indeed President Obama will not let the GOP and GOP backed MSM

get away with derailing the campaign.




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Response to H2O Man (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 06:38 PM

5. I believe H2O Man knows a thing or two about boxing

We would ALL love to see President Obama knocking the smirk off of Mitt's face.

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Response to MagickMuffin (Reply #5)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 06:39 PM

7. I normally agree with him.

Enjoy the debate!

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 06:36 PM

4. I think so too

Yep, I can see his silly little grin floating down on the floor. However, Mitt is too stiff to bend down and pick it up.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 06:38 PM

6. k&r...

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 06:40 PM

9. Great take, H2O Man....I look forward to it....

Although I would prefer Ali-Foreman tonight.....

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Response to RagAss (Reply #9)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 06:52 PM

10. Ali vs Cleveland Williams

would also do just fine.

(If anyone isn't familiar with this -- Ali in his prime -- watch it on youtube.)

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #10)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 12:00 PM

12. I think we were both wrong...hehehee.....

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 12:03 AM

11. Our boy killed it tonight H

Can't wipe the smile off my face. Can't stop reading and re-posting on facebookall the Romney jokes.

Life is good.

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