How the President learned he lost the debate
It appears Barack Obama learned he lost the presidential debate with Mitt Romney because someone told him. His lackadaisical and stumbling performance likely has David Axelrod out looking for a new Presidential Pharmacologist, one who can provide Mr. Obama—like Lance Armstrong—with the energy the campaign clearly needs and the ADHD-fighting meds required for 90 minutes bouts of presidential-level focus and concentration. (Hey, it worked for Kennedy, right?) Desperate acts for desperate campaigns and all that.
In lieu of a miracle of meds, the Obama campaign will be stuck with their naked attempts to demonize the challenger, a strategy that struggles to reconcile itself with the fact Mr. Romney showed 70 million Americans he is a rational and thoughtful human being. This all comes at a very awkward time for Mr. Obama as his Administration’s substantive failings, long masked by their army of media eunuchs, seems to have burned through even the cloud of journalistic adoration that’s enveloped and protected him for the last four-plus years. While Mr. Obama has accused Mr. Romney of “salesmanship,” Mr. Romney could rightly accuse Mr. Obama of “failsmanship.”
The proof of Mr. Obama’s presidential inadequacy, as they say, is in the pudding. And this holds true even when the pudding’s been cooked—intentionally or not—beyond all recognition, as it has been with the unemployment numbers or with a fourth consecutive year of trillion dollar deficits.
As Joe Biden might honestly say—thus mangling his own talking points—“Al Qaida is growing, Benghazi is burning, General Motors is dying, Justice Department programs are killing Border Patrol agents, household income is down, poverty is up, Obamaphones are in, and the debt will be crushing,” while under the aegis of Mr. Obama’s domestic and foreign policy leadership.
And to most Americans, as Joe knows, it’s a pretty big deal.