In the wake of Obama’s pathetic performance in last week’s debate I wrote a humorous top ten list of reasons why Obama lost the debate. I included at number four: Senator John Kerry spent all of his time coaching Obama telling him Vietnam war stories. In a predictable case of Life imitating Art, team Obama is pointing fingers at the hapless Kerry:
Correspondent Bill Plante: “Well Norah, they’re simply upset and really outraged. They blame the President’s team, first of all, for not preparing him to meet the challenge of an aggressive Mitt Romney. They say that nobody in the room challenged him, including the guy that he was debating with, John Kerry, because, as they say, he wants to be Secretary of State so he’s not going to get in the President’s face. And Presidents are used to deference; they’re not used to people challenging them like that. So they think that the debate prep was terrible, but they also fault the President himself for not understanding that Romney was going to be more aggressive.”
Of course, the truth is that Obama went into the debate overconfident because he believed his campaign portrait of Romney as an out of touch rich guy who simply isn’t in his league. He assumed that he could wing it and the lap dog Mainstream Media would proclaim him the victor of the debate no matter the reality. He has never had to debate a truly first class opponent, and he got his hind end handed to him as around seventy million Americans watched. No doubt he will be better prepared next time, perhaps overprepared, but against Romney he is up against an opponent who has obviously thought deeply about the challenges confronting the nation and who can articulate his ideas and convey the enthusiasm he has for the changes he wishes to implement. A stylistic challenge is relatively simple to meet in a debate; one of substance is much harder to overcome.