Gallup’s tick back up to a seven point lead yesterday –five days after the debate that President Obama lost despite the loud and prolonged cheering from his Manhattan-Beltway media elite friends– must have further unnerved an already flailing Chicago team.
This pratically guarantees that tonight’s debate will include all sorts of stunts by a cornered president, cornered not by Mitt Romney but by his own record of failures at home and abroad.
My Washington Examiner column today reviews why the “news” of a breakthrough with Iran was another bit of bad news for the president, and it is hard to imagine how even a stalwart friend of the president could arrange this debate to hurt Romney and help Obama given the issues set. Is Bob Schieffer going to ignore Libya, Iran and the estrangement with Israel?
Every absurd defense opens new lines of questioning, however, in this case the obvious issue of the Administration’s incompetence in the management of intelligence so that it was not only wrongly informed on Benghazi, but also surprised on Syria and Egypt.
The president’s four years have been a series of disasters abroad preceded by a wholly unjustified confidence in the power of the president’s words. The president may choose to filibuster and interrupt tonight, but even if he controls his poker tells –and he has not done so in debates 1 and 2– he won’t be able to avoid a record of failure in foreign affaurs as obvious as the monuments he passes by daily.