The Battle of Agincourt
A historic defeat for a sitting president. Never has a POTUS been this badly whupped in a debate. It is that simple.
It wasn’t just that Obama was so bad, but that Romney was so good. Conservatives see a candidate they did not know they had, and independents see a candidate who could turn the country around. No way to predict what this will do to campaign over a week.
Take aways: trickle down government, “you pick losers,” and Solyndra and other green energy expenditures of 90 billion could have been 2 million teachers.
Throwing in the towel: Michael Moore, Andrew Sullivan, David Gregory, Ed Schultz.
Sports analogy: POTUS was the ’54 Cleveland Indians –winningest team ever, and lost the Series in four games.
Caution to Team Romney and salve to the left: Mondale beat Reagan in the first debate in ’04 (though not nearly as badly as Romney beat Obama tonight.)
On asking Lileks for an analogy, he noted that “Romney-Obama” will now serev as shorthand for a debate pummeling.
10.31 pm. Look: you know how much I love the guy, and you know how much of a high information viewer I am, and I can see the logic of some of Obama’s meandering, weak, professorial arguments. But this was a disaster for the president for the key people he needs to reach, and his effete, wonkish lectures may have jolted a lot of independents into giving Romney a second look.
Obama looked tired, even bored; he kept looking down; he had no crisp statements of passion or argument; he wasn’t there. He was entirely defensive, which may have been the strategy. But it was the wrong strategy. At the wrong moment.
The person with authority on that stage was Romney – offered it by one of the lamest moderators ever, and seized with relish. This was Romney the salesman. And my gut tells me he sold a few voters on a change tonight. It’s beyond depressing. But it’s true.