Skip to comments.Now Itís Obamaís Turn to Win the Debate at Hofstra University [unintentional humor alert]
Posted on 10/13/2012 8:02:47 PM PDT by oblomov
Okay, Joe Biden did his part. Now, or soon, its Barack Obamas turn again. If he flubs this like last time, this race is probably over. If he manages a draw, hell stay what he is now, the narrow favorite whose rickety lead is based chiefly on an edge in Ohio that doesnt feel all that solid, and both sides will be sweating bullets right through election night. He has to win. And frankly, theres reason to wonder whether he can. Hell need to be on his toes on taxes and Medicare and health care, sure. But before all that, I hope someone is reminding him that he needs to remember what hes fighting for.
What Biden did well Thursday was exactly that. Whether his lines were great or whether he interrupted too much, the viewer came away with the unmistakable sense that he was on that stage to defend a view of the world and a vision for the country. He wasnt up there for his own sake alone. He was fighting for some ideas. This was utterly absent from Obamas performance. I dont know how much of the drop-off in Obamas support after the first debate came because of dispirited Democrats, but I would bet that it was a pretty decent chunk.
Obama does have this habit of drifting in and out that precedes the debate. This sense that he is somehow powerless against the prevailing winds, has recurred throughout Obamas presidency. I was totally mystified in the run-up to the 2010 elections, for example. Everyone knew a tidal wave was coming. The question was how big. Some effort and fight on the Democratic side might have contained some of the damage. But Obama just largely let it happen.
Similar thing with the debt ceiling fight last year. As soon as the Republicans made it known, early in the year, that they were going to tie an increase in the debt limit to their various demands, I honestly expected to see Obama say, Hey, wait a minute, this has never happened in the history of the country. But he put up no fight at all. It was really mystifying.
Then he got a little momentum, around that Kansas speech late last year, but he didnt really follow through on it. Themes partially developed in that speech about middle-class economics were never fully developed, and he just kinda dropped it, or returned to it spottily. He didnt seem to attempt to keep pressure on the Republicans.
Maybe Maureen Dowd is right that Obama always pulls back when hes got an opponent on the ropes and gives him another shot before coming back to finish him off. If thats the explanation, or something like that, then Obama has it in him to rally himself Tuesday.
Theres a less reassuring possibility, which is that Obama just isnt into the kind of knife-fight he may need to get involved in to win this thing. He didnt really have to in 2008. John McCain wasnt a good debater. He made a fool of himself with that suspended campaign business. And he chose a vice-presidential nominee who drove independents into Obamas arms. And mainly, the fact that the collapse happened under the Republicans made voters unusually ready to hand the White House over to the Democrats. He had to fight against Hillary, I suppose, and he did that very well in Iowa, and the next month in Wisconsin. By then he basically had it locked up and just had to avoid screwing it up. He almost managed to blow it (Rev. Wright, the clinging to their guns comment) but managed to pull it out.
Obama needs to treat every question and exchange as an opportunity to advance his vision and knock down Romneys.
I hope that someone can say to him, Mr. President, 70 million or more Americans are counting on you. They voted for you, theyre planning on voting for you again, and they want you to fight for them. If you lose, you let them down horriblyand you damage their lives. Theyre 47 percenters, a lot of these folks. They need you. If the other side gets in, youll be fine, but theyre screwed.
Obama put himself in the position of being the one person in the country all these people depend on. So he has to be their defender. And this is how Id hope he spends his preparation timenot thinking about how he can look smarter than Romney or score this or that point, but how he can communicate to middle-class people that hes eager to fight to protect their interests, and why his ideas will do that and his opponents wont.
If thats his mindset this week, we wont give any recondite exegeses about the workings of the Independent Payment Review Board. He wont just shrug and say, nah, no difference between me and the other guy on Social Security. Hell treat every question and exchange as an opportunity to advance his vision and knock down Romneys.
I remember in 2008 he used to say, This isnt about me, its about you. Well, now thats really true, and everything is on the line.
"Maybe Maureen Dowd is right that Obama always pulls back when hes got an opponent on the ropes and gives him another shot before coming back to finish him off."
Also, doesn't this description of Obama disqualify him for the Presidency?
"Obama does have this habit of drifting in and out that precedes the debate. This sense that he is somehow powerless against the prevailing winds, has recurred throughout Obamas presidency. I was totally mystified in the run-up to the 2010 elections, for example. Everyone knew a tidal wave was coming. The question was how big. Some effort and fight on the Democratic side might have contained some of the damage. But Obama just largely let it happen.
Similar thing with the debt ceiling fight last year..."
Is this from the onion?
obama is going to go in over-confident and over-aggressive and his nasty side will come through. I’ve seen it on the campaign trail. He starts yelling and talking with that phony drawl and glaring out with those evil eyes. Romney is playing chess — obama is playing checkers. Romney is going to finish him off on Tuesday.
The people that needed to see Obama at his best instead saw Romney kick his skinny ass at the first debate.
The second debate showed a diminished crowd of independents Biden’s insane clown act.
The third and fourth debates are simply too late to make a difference for Obozo...too few of those he needs to reach will be watching. The political junkies will watch, they don’t matter at all.
He will out Biden, Biden is my guess.
I hope Romney will not be as accommodating as was Ruan.
I’ve got a feeling that were going to see “the angry black man” routine from Barry on Tuesday night. I think I’ll work late.
Obama will bring his “A” game and probably be hopped up on mental acuity enhancing drugs, contact lens teleprompter aids, and/or hidden receivers implanted in his ears so that information can be looked up and relayed to him during the debate. In other words he knows he has to win so he will cheat. Hopefully Romney has thought of every angle and will be able to take his legs out from under him again.
Notice that the weekend before the townhall debate, Romney is campaigning daily in Ohio, while Obama is sequestered in debate prep in Williamsburg, VA. I understand the suites where he and his crew are staying has a great view of the golf course ;)
Romney will get his ass handed to him.. as he’s booed out of the OK Corral...
Because it’s scripted that way..
Romney will take facts to a fantasy fight.. and will be out hope and changed..
Much of America could care less about actual facts.. they want rhetoric..
Thats why Newt would have won but Romney will lose next debate..
EVEN republicans DO NOT want an actual conservative..
Thats why they REJECTED ALL OF THEM in the primarys..
America WANTS the biggest most outlandish LIAR to win..
At least the people in THAT auditorium want that.. INCLUDING the moderator..
Suppose you take a powder and lay down for a bit.
I'll expect that Romney will continue to do what he does best.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not voting for him (because it doesn't matter), but the guy is working the solution.
The Republicans need to come out with a commercial with Obama stating he’ll do three years and out if the economy is not fixed.
It’s beyond me why they have yet to run one like that.
Really? So is he admitting that the Dems and MSM were all lying when they said the GOP would make only modest gains in the 2010 election?
Some here are dogs... others are cats..
I’m not a dog..