Robert Stacy McCain hits on a great point.
How decisively did Mitt Romney win Wednesday night’s debate? All you had to do was watch the most pro-Obama network to see it. “I personally do not know who won this debate,” MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow said as soon as the debate ended.
She was obviously the only one who didn’t know.
When Maddow brought on her colleague Ed Schultz, he moaned that President Obama “created a problem for himself tonight on Social Security. He agreed with Mitt Romney.… I thought he was off his game.” Nor did the president’s performance send a thrill up the leg of Chris Matthews. “I don’t know what he was doing out there,” Matthews complained. “He had his head down. He was enduring the debate rather than fighting it.”
If ever there were a night when conservatives wanted to watch MSNBC, this was it — an all-you-can-eat buffet of schadenfreude, as one after another of the liberal network’s personalities tried to come to grips with what was perhaps the most one-sided presidential debate since JFK beat a shifty-looking Richard Nixon in 1960. “In terms of debate tactics, Romney was on the offense most of the night,” a glum Howard Fineman acknowledged, while a shell-shocked Chuck Todd admitted that the result “automatically elevates Romney as a credible alternative” and later added, in reference to the Obama camp’s post-debate mood: “They know they lost tonight.”
And now you all know why I watch PMSNBC after big political hootenannies.
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Bill Maher, along with seemingly every other leftist, is shocked that Obama fared so poorly. Notice how this is only a terrifying jolt for them; the Right has been calling the President ‘Teleprompter Jesus Man’ since 2007. For liberals, the sinking realization that Obama really is the empty-headed amateur conservatives said he is has to be spectacularly demoralizing.
Then again, that’s the funny thing about living in the progressive’s self-generated ideology bubble. They’re always unpleasantly surprised by uncontrollable events. Stories that they can’t frame in a handy New York Times-approved narrative shock their delicate sensibilities.
But hey, maybe the big gubmint movement has been on cruise control since 2008. They’ve allowed Nancy Pelosi, John Podesta and David Axelrod do their thinking for them for a while, so maybe they don’t really remember the last 48 months. So in the interest of charity, lets forget about the last four years for a moment. Disregard ‘Cinco de Quatro’, ‘Corpse-man’, ’57 states’ and every other brainless Obama verbal gaffe that would’ve been hours of knee-slapping late-night comic fodder had the evil warlord Premier George Bush said them. Just stick to the last six weeks.
The Democrat National Committee and their partners in the lamestream media have rigged every poll they possibly can to make it seem like Obama is beating Romney. Every story that could damage the President–Libya, craptastic job numbers, the vice president’s biker bar lap dance–has been crafted by the Team Barry Palace Guard press corps to either minimize the damage or somehow pin it on Mitt. Hollywood’s Leer Jet Liberal Set throws money and propaganda support behind the President by the bushel. The American Left, from the Workers World Party to CBS News, has done everything it can to create a favorable climate for Mr. Obama to succeed.
So just what has Barack Obama done to reward those monumental efforts by his tongue-bath surrogates? During the Democratic National Convention, he gave a trite listless speech that was upstaged by the orations given by Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton and Joe Biden. The President has been called the greatest public speaker of our age. At the DNC, Obambi could barely hang with Tammy Duckworth and Sandra Fluke.
Fast-forward to last night’s debate. Obama’s prep for the Denver show-down appeared to entail listening to an Ipod full of his old speeches, a breezy round of golf and half a pack of Marlboro Reds. Mitt Romney ran circles around the President, at one point looking at his rival with pity as Obama went through his talking point check list in a lifeless rote fashion. Where Romney seamlessly weaved his message into the debate, the President meandered from one lefty bromide to another like a adjunct English Lit lecturer scratching out a Daily Kos diary during his office hours.
And this is man who the progressive movement has invested so much of their spiritual and ideological capital to prop up–A guy who can barely be bothered to lift a finger in his own campaign.
To paraphrase Captain Queenan in The Departed, a lot of people want to appear to be President. Carry the nuclear football, get driven around in a big car, make pretty speeches, slam a terrorist’s face through a plate glass window…that sort of thing. Not many folks can actually be President in any kind of effective way.
Obama is the dude who wants all the President’s perks, but none of his work.
Last night’s debate was a wake-up call for the Left. Now maybe they’ll understand that being the CEO of America isn’t an entry level position. More importantly, with any luck the rest of the United States figured that out too.