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Friday, October 05, 2012

It's No Wonder Obama Lost The Debate

His thoughts are a muddled mess.

Here he is in Fairfax this morning.  Get past the slogans and the clich├ęs and explain to me what in God's name he's trying to say:

"This country does not just succeed when just a few are doing well at the top. It succeeds when the middle class gets bigger. Our economy does not grow from the top-down, it grows from the middle-out. We do not believe that anybody is entitled to success in this country. But we do believe in opportunity. We believe in a country where hard work pays off and responsibilities are rewarded and everybody is getting a fair shot and everybody's doing their fair share. And everybody's p[l]aying by the same rules. That is the country [we] believe in. That is what we have been fighting for the last four years. That is what we're going to put in place in the next four years if you reelect me as president of the United States of America."

We should all be poor alike?  Maybe?

Beats me what the world's greatest communicator is trying to communicate.

That's his problem. He strings jumbled words, fragmented thoughts, and catchphrases together and his fans applaud. Without having the first clue as to how to translate the gobbledygook.

The President of the United States.

How embarrassing.

This Headline Intrigued Me

Obama had a debate strategy?  Really?

That's what his people are saying.

Before we get into it, wouldn't they be better off denying such a thing?

Anyway, here's how they're playing the Denver Debacle:
How Obama’s debate strategy bombed

Denver — A stunned Obama campaign acknowledged Thursday that President Barack Obama delivered a lackluster and even ineffectual performance in his leadoff debate against Mitt Romney, mistakenly opting for a cautious approach to handling his opponent that all too often left Obama looking timid and disengaged.

Democrats close to the president privately acknowledge that their candidate appeared flat and uninspired against a more animated challenger, resulting in the worst debate showing he’s had since the early days of the 2008 campaign. Even more frustrating to many Obama supporters was the fact that the president’s muted tone was at least partly by design.

Multiple party strategists privately attributed Obama’s demeanor to an ailment that frequently affects incumbents: a fear of appearing too aggressive and risking a larger-scale misstep that could transform the campaign. Projecting a calm, reasonable — some said “presidential” — demeanor was the strategy during Obama’s debate-prep sessions outside of Las Vegas.

But as a result, Obama allowed Romney to set the terms for much of their Wednesday night faceoff at the University of Denver. [link]
Interestingly, James Taranto posits the argument that the Obama performance you saw Wednesday night is the same Obama performance that he's delivered in every debate in his entire political career. Taranto:
This columnist has to disagree. Obama's lame performance last night seemed typical to us. We can think of a few occasions in which we've seen the president less flaccid, less dull-brained, less jejune, less shifty, less downcast. But only a few.

But these qualities--or, to put it another way, this lack of quality--was harder than usual to miss last night because of the contrast with the highly effectual Romney. One reason it came as such a shock to Obama is that it was the first time in his career that he shared a debate stage with a serious opponent.

Think about it: John McCain was feeble. Alan Keyes, whom Obama beat in his 2004 Senate campaign, was crazy. All the Democrats who ran in 2008 were preposterous except Hillary Clinton, and she, as a beneficiary of nepotism, was highly overrated as a politician. He used Chicago-style dirty tricks to dispatch his original opponent in 2004, as well as the state senator he replaced back in the 1990s. The test he failed last night is one to which he had never been put.
Which means that all hopes that Obama's supporters cling to regarding his chances of improving his performance at the next debate upcoming will be dashed as well. As a debater - and as a conversationalist, when you think about it - Obama is dull and uninteresting. And not all that engaged.

The startling part of all this? Why are they only now catching on to this fact?

You Knew This Was Coming

When all else fails, bring up the color of Obama's skin:

MSNBC's Ed Schultz, Michael Eric Dyson Pull Race Card to Explain Weak Obama Debate Performance


Not To Be Outdone By Crazy Joe Biden ...

... in from the asylum steps ...

Al Gore Blames 'High Altitude' in Denver for the President's Poor Debate Performance

Whatever, Al.  Whatever.

Romney Shines. Obama Whines.

This is pathetic.  Especially coming from a sitting president:

Obama accuses Romney of dishonesty in debate

He's in full crybaby mode.

Remind you of Jimmy Carter at all?

Romney Is Where He Should Have Been All Along

On key issues, he's now overtaken Obama.  Finally:
Romney gains ground on Obama after strong debate
By Andy Sullivan, Reuters

Republican Mitt Romney gained ground on Democratic President Barack Obama after a strong performance in the first debate of the presidential election, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday.

Romney is now viewed positively by 51 percent of voters, the first time the Republican challenger has enjoyed a net positive in the presidential race. Obama's favorability rating remained unchanged at 56 percent.

Romney moved ahead of the president on several core issues after the Wednesday debate, which was widely seen as a victory for the Republican candidate.

Voters now see Romney as a better bet to boost the economy, spur job creation and manage the budget deficit, the poll found. He narrowed Obama's advantage on taxes, Social Security and the Medicare health plan for retirees. [link]
I heard it said yesterday that voters have just been looking for a good reason to not vote for Obama. Might they have found one, finally?

Too soon to tell.

But there are hopeful signs ...

Better Than A Thousand Words

Is It any Wonder Obama Was Lost?

Watch this drubbing and you'll understand why he had nothing to say that made sense at the Wednesday night debate:

What a pounding.

A fully deserved butt-kickin'.