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How Obama’s debate
strategy bombed

Politico, by Alexander Burns

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 10/4/2012 3:02:51 PM

DENVER – A stunned Obama campaign acknowledged Thursday that President Barack Obama delivered a lackluster and even ineffectual performance in his leadoff debate against Mitt Romney, mistakenly opting for a cautious approach to handling his opponent that all too often left Obama looking timid and disengaged. Democrats close to the president privately acknowledge that their candidate appeared flat and uninspired against a more animated challenger, resulting in the worst debate showing he’s had since the early days of the 2008 campaign. Even more frustrating to many Obama supporters was the fact that the president’s muted tone was at least
Headline split by staff.

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Strategy?? What strategy? Obama has never been the nation’s most forceful debater?? That's sure not what they have previously told us! They are in full CYA mode. It is absolutely delightful to behold.

[w/Glenn Thrush &Maggie Haberman]

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Halfvast Conspirator, 10/4/2012 3:07:42 PM     (No. 8909845)

Back to mental master debating about their community organizer.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 10/4/2012 3:07:48 PM     (No. 8909847)

Lehrer didn't ask Romney to explain the 47% and Obama's entire debate was based on that happening.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: starsNstripes, 10/4/2012 3:13:34 PM     (No. 8909869)

I'm sure Hillary is wondering "How did I lose to this guy?!"

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Reply 4 - Posted by: StormCnter, 10/4/2012 3:14:26 PM     (No. 8909872)

That's the biggest hunk of baloney voters have been asked to swallow in a long time. Obama dislikes "theatrics"? Well, I was fooled, what with Grecian columns and phony rap cadences. Al Gore tells us Obama was not accustomed to Denver's altitude. Well, he's handled it ok in years past. Axelrod laments that Lehrer didn't help Obama out.

They don't want us to decide that Obama was too arrogant to adequately prepare, too smug to consider Romney is a better debater, too lazy to gather his facts, and too thin-skinned to keep his anger from showing.

Yes, it was a bad night for the president, but he has only himself to blame.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 10/4/2012 3:15:08 PM     (No. 8909874)

FTA "Obama has never been the nation’s most forceful debater, and he makes no secret of his disdain for the theatrical side of politics."

Politico does remember the Greek Columns right? Designed by Steven Spielberg? Barack Obama is the Wizard of Oz, with Valerie Jarrett and who knows else behind the theatrical curtain!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: PageTurner, 10/4/2012 3:17:17 PM     (No. 8909883)

Hanging out with Beyonce and JZ because prepping was 'a drag' and he wanted to play tourist at the Hoover Dam was the sum total of his debate strategy.

Nope, didn't work.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mitzi, 10/4/2012 3:20:49 PM     (No. 8909898)

Looking pathetically stupid is a strategy?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 10/4/2012 3:21:40 PM     (No. 8909900)

Choke on it, Politico.

Strategy? ROFL that's a good one, Burns!


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Reply 9 - Posted by: Photoonist, 10/4/2012 3:21:47 PM     (No. 8909902)

Oh so it's not that 0bama stinks it's just that his strategy was wrong, this one time. That's like saying a general who has lost every battle is still a good general, he just has some bad tactics. 0bama is an inept malignant narcissist. No one on his staff either realizes or dares to tell him he's no damn good a debating because he hasn't the brain for it.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: JAN, 10/4/2012 3:21:55 PM     (No. 8909903)

Clint Eastwood, pick up the white courtesy phone.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Udanja99, 10/4/2012 3:26:13 PM     (No. 8909926)

If that video from 2007 with zippy playing the black preacher wasn't political theatrics, then what was it?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Mass Minority, 10/4/2012 3:30:16 PM     (No. 8909940)

Obama's strategy failed because Lehrer did not ask the kind of question you can answer with a pre-memorized talking point. Did anyone else notice this? Obama would occasionally rattle off a full 4 or 5 sentence cadence without a single Uhm or Err and absolutely no pause before spitting it out, and then just STOP look completely confused and start to stammer and fidget.

Lehrer didn't ask "Mr Preezy, explain your position on meicare and why Romneys will fail". He asked a single question of BOTH candidates "Can you explain the differences in your policy compared to that of your opponent?"

Obama could not handle the compare and contrast format because it did not fit a bumper sticker.

Obama didn't have his beloved teleprompter, but he had memorized a bunch of screenshots from it. WHen he steered off those memorized soundbites, he simply floundered ignorantly and repeated the same shrill meaningless blather that got him elected last time.

Except this time he has a record, and despite his repeated blaming of Bush, he still cannot tell us how he is going to fix what he hasn't bothered to fix in 4 very long and very hard (for us, he's been on vacation) years.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: TexasRed, 10/4/2012 3:39:45 PM     (No. 8909962)

How much did Axelrod pay Burns to write this pile of fluff? Zero doesn't like theatrics and show. hORSE-POOP!
That's all he is; is facade, styrofoam grecian columns, all fluff, no grit, no heart; just a hot-shot community organizing thug!

But he's a hero on the 'View' - that's his element, THAT'S WHERE HE SHINES!!!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: thewarden, 10/4/2012 3:55:03 PM     (No. 8910000)

LOL. The mental midgets I work with said Obama was strategically holding back and that Romney interrupted him too often! It was all I could do to hold back and not takes these kids to the woodshed for being SO stupid! I fear for our future.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: never_convicted, 10/4/2012 4:04:05 PM     (No. 8910026)

This was a nicely crafted article. 3 separate times he alluded to possible future attacks the Dems could make on Romney, and NOT ONCE does he mention the validity of what Romney said about the failed policies and broken promises. This is the game plan. You didn't see Romney crush him in the debate. You saw The Divine Being being above the mental capacity of we great unwashed. I'm thinking maybe another Nobel is in store for Obama.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: hurricanegirl, 10/4/2012 4:55:11 PM     (No. 8910146)

Wait! O had a strategy? Seems to me he merely showed up.

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