One of the article’s comments:
Talking with my wife after the debate, or as I am fond of calling it, the Great Deflate, it dawned on me that Obama acted like a juvenile delinquent in the presence of a full grown, accomplished man.
Obama’s father abandoned him, as did his mother, so he grew up with deep seated insecurities and huge emotional needs. It is obvious from his two autobiographies that he desperately wanted a father. Last night he met Romney in person and he recognized, at least subconciously, that Romney is a good and kind father....and just what he wanted as a child. This psychological dynamic deflated Obama’s sources of energy, narcissistic rage and hate of those he has deemed ‘the enemy.” The internal conflict drained him of his usual energy and left him as vulnerable as a newborn kitten.
If you watch Obama’s face when Romney would graciously say positive things about Obama, or agree with him, you can see the face of an emotionally damaged little boy. Unfortunately, emotionally damaged little boys can grow up to become extremely destructive and dangerous people, bent on revenge and obsessed with gaining enough power to stop that gnawing vulnerability.
We don’t give Romney enough credit for his capacity for insight into people, because he read Obama’s emotions like a book.
I think you put that rather succinctly. Couldn’t agree with you more. The body language was really intriguing. I don’t think you’ll see any change in the second debate, and in fact, I wouldn’t put it past these guys to do something that postpones the debate.
We’ve had elections during wars, so they’re not going to cancel the election, but not showing up for a debate? I think that is the best and only advice that Axelrod can give his candidate. Some manufactured crisis could do it on the eve of the debate.