I'm a Lifelong Democrat, and I'm Voting for Romney
Buzz Bissinger was won over by the debate
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2012 12:43 PM CDT
Updated Oct 14, 2012 7:00 PM CDT
Mitt Romney gives a foreign policy speech at Virginia Military Institute, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in Lexington, Va.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Buzz Bissinger is a lifelong Democrat, but in a column for the Daily Beast, he throws his support behind Mitt Romney—even though his wife doesn't approve. Why? The first presidential debate was "the tipping point," he writes. "I have never seen a performance worse than Obama’s." But it's more than just that: Romney finally started acting like himself—a moderate—and he made it clear that he really, truly wants this. "He showed vigor, and enthusiasm, and excitement, a man who wants to lead," Bissinger writes. "Romney has it. Our president no longer does."

A burnt-out-looking Obama may not even want "to be president in any practical way," Bissinger writes. "He hates the rolling up of sleeves and schmoozing that is politics. I respect his principles, the way he does not veer from them, but politics is not principle whether we like it or not. It is friendliness and compromise." Romney can do that. Unlike Obama, he doesn't demonize successful Americans. And though his 47% comment was stupid, he's right about the millions of those who pay no federal income taxes despite making more than $50,000. "Whether it's as little as $10, every American should contribute," Bissinger writes. Click for his full column.