Despite Obama's supposed loss to Romney during the first debate, it was incredibly fun to watch Chris Matthews lose his shit over Obama's debate performance. By MSNBC's reaction you would have thunk that it was election night, Romney wins, and after being sworn in he removes his mask to reveal he was George W. Bush in disguise the whole time (so that's where he's been).
"Hey ev'rybody! 'Meber me! I had Carl Rove kill Mittens 4 years ago! Hey ev'rybody, who wants to invade Iran!"
So why does everyone think that Obama lost so badly? Expectations.
What we expected was to see a blundering, bewildered gaffe-ridden Romney
get spanked by one of the greatest orators in Presidential history.
But according to the All-Day Opinion Generating Media Machine what we saw was was a gestural and aggressive Romney laying a beat-down on the contained and weak Obama.
What actually happened was two carefully thought out campaign strategies played out, and I don't see any
other way they could have played out.
Romney had to be aggressive because was losing ground in the polls
and needed to catch peoples attention, especially after looking so inept
so frequently on the campaign trail http://bit.ly/RYsYPe.
Obama's campaign expected this, and wanted to counter his
aggressiveness with the cool, calm and collected demeanor that worked so
well in '08 against Clinton and a spastic and tense McCain.
(Obama also has an attack-dog in Biden, whom, as we will hopefully
see on Thursday, will demonstrate the aggressive side to the ticket http://bit.ly/P94sFe.)
I will admit that after re-watching the debate in it's entirety I was
disappointed that Obama didn't counter Romney on any of his factual
errors (and there were plenty of opportunities to do so). He spoke only to his rehearsed talking points, and didn't expect
to or plan to respond to Romney's assertions on the fly, which was his
He may have been expecting the media to do the fact-checking for him,
using his own points as stand-alone proof that he is the better choice, admittedly not the best task to trust them with.
Then again the week since the debate the media and fact-checking
organizations have done a decent enough job sifting through Romney's
And if you had paid close attention, Romney did exactly what I ranted about last week, he shook the
Etch-A-Sketch and completely erased the narrative he established during his
campaign. Which only demonstrates the campaign strategy he has deployed
before; "shake up" his opinions based on what he thinks will best get him
A strategy that has worked against him and will continue to do so.
So enhance your calm, dear liberal drinkers. In my possibly naive
optimism I think Romney's debate bump to be temporary, and that the
facts will play out to Obama's favor http://bit.ly/SMIjmq.
Let's just let things play out over the next couple of debates,
expect to see both candidates alter strategy post-debate, and look
forward to Biden doing what he does best on Thursday night http://on.fb.me/UPV4Iw.