Skip to comments.Robert Reich: Romney Will Beat 'Wooden' Obama in Presidential Debates
Posted on 08/24/2012 6:11:26 PM PDT by RobinMasters
Mitt Romney has turned into such a skilled debater that he could trounce President Barack Obama in their three head-to-head encounters in the run-up to the election, former Democratic Labor Secretary Robert Reich believes.
Romney is going to be debating somebody who is not nearly as good a debater as his reputation, Reich tells Atlantic Magazine in its September issue. He says that under live questioning, Obama can seem kind of wooden and at a loss for words.
Even if Romney is scripted and not spontaneous, he will come across as on his game, Reich tells the Atlantic. The danger for Obama is that Romney can still look better than Obama, if Obama does not have the same degree of discipline about the debates.
Reich, now Chancellors Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, was quoted in an extensive article in the Atlantic by its longtime national correspondent, James Fallows. The magazines report was based on an examination of tapes of Romneys debates throughout his political career.
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I thought the Wizard gave the brain to the scarecrow, not the munchkin!
Seriously though, this article screams “lowering expectations” for Zero’s debate performance. He’s comin’ undone.
Are you 5 trillion dollars in debt better off than you were four years ago?
All the moderators are closet 0bama loyalists. The deck is stacked against him!
In a one on one debate, the moderator does not mean as much.
There is no deck. McCain v. Obama...didn’t raelly matter. Romney v. Obama...doesn’t really matter. They’ve got us right where they wanted us so as to extract their greatest wealth.
McCain v Obama did matter - McCain came across old and grumpy ... I am really warming up to this year’s GOP ticket though ... especially Ryan ...
I miss Newt!
I hear Obama will be using a micro teleprompter on a contact lens. Obama will receive his thoughts in large print.
Actually, I’ll bet Reich was asked to present this opinion. Lest we forget, Obama was heralded as the brightest, most brilliant debater ever just four years ago.
Now that he’s going up against a guy that might have an even chance, he’s got to lower expectations.
We ought to dig up all those old glowing descriptions of what a marvel Obama was. Then we can force his media blitz to eat them.
OMG, we are really in trouble now. Robert Reich is never right.
Same thing with Joe "Mouth Breather" Biden.
It's the first shot of the narrative.
Even if Obamao is handed questions secretly ahead of time, he still has to memorize the answers. Not an easy task without teleprompter. Note Obamao’s grades in school were mediocre which is why he has them locked up.
Obama is the most over-rated extemporaneous speaker in the history of American politics.
He sucks off the cuff, in interviews, in debate, and off the teleprompter.
The liberal media is what turned him into a supposed speaking genius.
Mitt has been through the wringer for so long, he is battle hardened.
Those primaries were not exactly easy.
As I recall, Obama actually did quite well in the 2008 debates for both the primary and general elections.
Reasons - He speaks like a snake oil salesman, makes facts up on the spot and the media protects him and covers for him.
It is only the day after the debate that his bogus “facts” are challenged but that is too late. People who watched the debate are left with the impression that Obama had a grasp of the facts during the debate.
And anyone trying to correct the record after the debate is treated with disdain by the media, who always do their best to ridicule them and make their corrections seem like sour grapes.
His IQ is off the charts
Oh absolutely! ;&|
Video here to refresh your memory cells:
I have a jar of Hershey's Syrup all ready for Michael Beschloss, to make it all go down easier.
WARNING.. This little Commie, is on script.. Lowering the bar for the OBamster..
I don’t doubt that Romney will be better prepared on the real subjects that are meaningful topics to solving American problems..
My fear is that the moderators will feed the questions to Obama in advance, and pitch Gotcha questions to Romney.. Hell, I just don’t trust anything anymore.. Geeeze
You can bet on it , especially with Jim Leher .
Oh come on, Reich. We all know he is a deep thinker and a brilliant orator who will mop the floor with Romney. Just examine the evidence:
June 5, 2008 (off teleprompter): “What they’ll say is, ‘Well it costs too much money,’ but you know what? It would cost, about... It it would cost about the same as what we would spend. It... Over the course of 10 years it would cost what it would costs us. (nervous laugh) All right. Okay. We’re going to do it. It would cost us about the same as it would cost for about... hold on one second. I can’t hear myself. But I’m glad you’re fired up, though. I’m glad.”
June 8, 2008: “Everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma, they end up taking up a hospital bed, it costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them treatment early and they got some treatment, and a, a breathalyzer, or inhalator, not a breathalyzer. I haven’t had much sleep in the last 48 hours.”
June 2009: “Maybe youre better off to tell your mother to take a pill, take a painkiller.
June 2012: “Now, before I finish, can I say, by the way, that some of you have been standing for a while and I see a couple folks slumping down a little bit. Make sure youre drinking water. Bend your knees. Dont stand up too straight. The paralegals will be — the paralegals? You dont need lawyers. The paramedics will be coming by, so just give folks a little bit of room, theyll be fine. This happens at every event.”
Obama is a Fake and can't debate someone with that knowledge. Went to Stanford, BYU , Dual Degrees at Harvard and will prove it
In which direction?
Obama has ONE BIG FAT advantage - the moderators will all be liberals... and to a person they hate Republicans. I’m sure they’ll take care of Obama.
What’s this? Is the tiny one trying to lower our expectations for Obama so when he manages to just sound barely competent, it can be described as a victory?
Wooden? Obama is AlGores son? Does Tipper know?
The MSM have tried to fix these debates with far left moderators. Romney and Ryan should handle the questions as jumping off points as in...”well, your question reminds me of.....”
“Well, to the question you asked the President, I think...”
I wish someone would squash this repulsive little bug. He’s a lousy little left-over socialist from the Clinton era.
Smartest man in the room - unless Biden is there too..
I pretty much agree, but I’m going to have fun anyway. ;^)
Hey Biden is twice the man Reich is. LITERALLY!!!
Reich is very short. His big goal in life was to make five feet. He failed. He’s 4’ 10” tall. Height isn’t a big deal to me, but it fits his stature. He’s a little man, and I use that term loosely.
Shorty is right but the republicans will allow all the lefty so called commentators to control the debate, throw hard balls at romney and flowers at zero
Has the obamamedia declared Barak the winner yet?
Pray for America
Of course you’re right, but for a moment I thought another Clintonista was putting a dagger in dear leader.
After Gov Palin’s endorsement of Romney, he should somehow bungle through to the presidency...