Did Obama Just Throw The Entire Election Away? On Andrew Sullivan’s melt-down over Obama’s debate melt-down
Here is Andrew Sullivan having a melt down over Obama’s debate fail. I think I am the only Obama supporter (in that I support voting for Obama over the crazy GOP even if Romney was a good guy because Romeny and the GOP crazies are a packaged deal) who did not expect Obama to take it to Mitt and the Republicans.
Why? Because for almost 4 years now Obama has refused to fight back against the GOP crazy talk. Obama never once pulled a “Reagan” and went on TV to argue his case direct to the American people. No need for TV now, when you have YouTube. Would it have been so hard for Obama to sit down and make a Youtube video to show why the GOP brinkmanship over the debt ceiling vote was near treasonous?
Over and over again the only ones calling the right wing on their turn towards the crazies were the surrogates on some talk shows on MSNBC and on the internets.
So I can see why when it came time to confront Romney (the way the Obama surrogates (me included) attacked the Republicans) Obama did not. I won’t say Obama choked - because I think it was a deliberate strategy of non confrontation on his part during the debate. That non confrontation aspect of Obama during the debate is what was a kick in the gut for bloggers like Sullivan. Not for me.
There is always next time. And there will be a next time, a next debate.
So with that in mind here is Sullivan’s melt-down of an article:
8 Oct 2012 07:13 PM
Did Obama Just Throw The Entire Election Away?
Look: I’m trying to rally some morale, but I’ve never seen a candidate this late in the game, so far ahead, just throw in the towel in the way Obama did last week - throw away almost every single advantage he had with voters and manage to enable his opponent to seem as if he cares about the middle class as much as Obama does. How do you erase that imprinted first image from public consciousness: a president incapable of making a single argument or even a halfway decent closing statement? And after Romney’s convincing Etch-A-Sketch, convincing because Obama was incapable of exposing it, Romney is now the centrist candidate, even as he is running to head up the most radical party in the modern era.
I’ve never seen a candidate self-destruct for no external reason this late in a campaign before. Gore was better in his first debate - and he threw a solid lead into the trash that night. Even Bush was better in 2004 than Obama last week. Even Reagan’s meandering mess in 1984 was better - and he had approaching Alzheimer’s to blame.
I’m trying to see a silver lining. But when a president self-immolates on live TV, and his opponent shines with lies and smiles, and a record number of people watch, it’s hard to see how a president and his party recover. I’m not giving up. If the lies and propaganda of the last four years work even after Obama had managed to fight back solidly against them to get a clear and solid lead in critical states, then reality-based government is over in this country again. We’re back to Bush-Cheney, but more extreme. We have to find a way to avoid that. Much, much more than Obama’s vanity is at stake.