Originally Posted by BroncoInferno
Frankly, I think there is a bit of self-fullfilling prophecy going here with the hand-wringing coming from the left. It's not unprecendent for an incumbant to come out flat in a first debate, as Sullivan himself points out. Bush lost the first debate to Kerry in emphatic fashion, Reagan embarassed himself in the first debate with Mondale. Then, Sullivan goes all emo on his readers by decalring that Obama performed even worse in this instance, which is absurd. Was he flat? Yes. Did he miss a couple of opportunities? Sure. Was it some sort of bumbling disaster of epic proportion? Of course not. But the apopletic reaction from the media and the left has done nothing to help that perception with the public. The right is better at playing these games. When Bush got his clock cleaned by Kerry, the right dutifully pretended otherwise, minimizing and rationalizing any flubbs or missteps. And, ultimately, Kerry got only a moderate boost that lasted maybe a week. If your an indy and you witness the self-flagellation of Obama's supporters, that very well could make an impression. And it also rallies the faithful to see their opponents beating each other up.
Agreed. No bones about it, ****ty performance by the President. But the media, particularly
the liberal media, were more than willing to categorize it as a historic disaster. I mean, a ton of people watched the debates, but how many watched the whole thing? Or watched closely and came away with a really clear concept of who won?
It's in the days and days of constant media stories about how Obama got beat that the perception really filters in to the general electorate. And that's the media's job, to educate on an event many people couldn't follow live. The ash and sackcloth routine of the liberal opinion columnists, though, seems an odd approach if they feel it is so dire that he be re-elected. CNN afterward had most their panel calling it a decisive win for Romney, but nobody was running around with their head chopped off ala Chris Matthews.