When I am on the same page with Chris Matthews of MSNBC you know that there is virtually universal agreement. Last night Governor Romney simply obliterated a depleted and unprepared Obama. Head hanging, defeated and submissive body language, Obama knew he was simply out of his league from the start. Just to lay the ground work for how bad it was, let’s listen to this Chris Matthews rant (I also find it incredibly delusions that Matthews thinks that all of Obama’s debating problems could be “fixed” if only he would listen more to the lies spewed daily on MSNBC):
A big part of the poor performance by Obama is simply the extent of the man’s arrogance – he truly believes that he is right and that if he is just allowed to speak he will be able to convince everyone of his brilliance and “rightness.” Well, that is great when you have a captive audience that must give deference to the President and be patient and respectful when he speaks, it is an entirely different proposition when you are in the gloves off forum of a debate where argument is not only appropriate but expected. I honestly think a condescending Obama was simply thinking “why don’t these people just SEE the truths I provide?” The President’s performance was SO bad that his camp was left to explain WHY it had been so bad (Obama camp).
There is clearly a debate to be had here – should the private sector or the public sector drive the economy – and each candidate is clearly on one side of that debate. Part of the problem for Obama is quite simply that it is very difficult to explain away the complete and utter failure of his administration over the past four years to do anything to improve the economy. When Obama actually tried to blame Bush for the past four years, that cam across as comical to me.
I was on a cruise earlier this year and for whatever reason the only news outlet carried on the ship was MSNBC. Because of that I really focused on my wife and the cruise because I would have thrown myself overboard if I had tried to watch MSNBC. During my brief forced exposure to that collective of screaming true believing liars I grew to loathe the condescending Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz. It brings a hop to my step when they agreed with my assessment of last night. According to Schultz:
Echoed MSNBC’s Ed Schultz: “Where was the president tonight? He was not properly prepared for this tonight. He was afraid to call out Romney because he didn’t want to look angry.”
As for Romney, Schultz said, “He didn’t look angry; he looked determined, like a guy who wanted the job. A couple of times Obama looked like a guy who wasn’t sure he wanted the job. I was stunned. There were so many missed opportunities, a couple of things he needed to call him out on to get Romney off his game. He didn’t come out confident and Romney did.”(Schultz)
Super lefty Joe Trippi, the one-time strategist for Democratic Presidential candidate Howard Dean, made a perceptive observation that I whole-heartedly agree with, “Romney looked like he was enjoying it and having fun, and Obama looked sour and like it was a headache to be there.” (Trippi) Fox’s Brit Hume expanded on this difference in body language, ”[Obama's] expression sometimes seemed like a smirk, and smirks never help you.” (Hume) I think that there is a simple explanation for the body language of both candidates. If you are Obama and you think that you and only you are right, then it is a waste of time to have to explain your “true and correct” positions. Governor Romney, a Reagan like delegator in his private endeavors, enjoys and encourages a robust discussion that he encourages in his daily life so that he is truly informed. That is pretty simple.