President Barack Obama's final debate with Mitt Romney wasn't nearly as fascinating as the debate that Romney appeared to be having with himself.
With a smiling smoothness that would amaze Zelig, the character in Woody Allen's classic story of the same name of a human chameleon, Obama's Republican challenger transformed their final presidential debate into an even kindlier, gentler version of the Moderate Mitt he presented in the first two.
With foreign policy as the topic, Romney slid even further away in this debate from the self-described "severely conservative" posture he robustly embraced during his party's primaries and cozied up so ideologically close to Obama that you could hardly slide a paper ballot in between them.
He ballyhooed the need to arm the Syrian resistance fighters, for example, but ultimately agreed with the president that we shouldn't arm them until we know just who it is we are arming.
He emphasized the need to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon but nevertheless called for "peaceful and diplomatic means," as Obama has, and praised Obama's "crippling sanctions" as "absolutely the right thing to do."
He openly congratulated the president on taking out Osama bin Laden but called for "a very comprehensive and robust strategy to help the world of Islam and other parts of the world" to reject radical extremism.
Sounds a lot like Obama again.
And Libya? What happened to the boiling issue that Romney raised on the very night of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi that killed an ambassador and three other Americans? Romney didn't even seem to want to go there.
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