Obama’s Romney-stand-in on Romney’s rhetorical skills: Oh, he “is a very good debater”

posted at 8:01 pm on September 28, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Er, has this downplaying-debate-expectations game maybe gotten just a little out of hand? H/t RCP, in the first few minutes:

 Oh, please. Please, please, please. Give me 20 breaks, not just one. Mitt Romney debated against Ted Kennedy back in the ’90s. He debated one-on-one when he ran for governor. He probably turned his campaign around when he ran for governor and won the governorship because of what happened in that debate.

And listen to the Republicans, don’t listen to me, because nobody’s — I’m obviously partisan. But just this morning on “Morning Joe,” Newt Gingrich, who debated him many, many times, said that he got clobbered by him, that Mitt Romney, when he had to, down in Florida, literally turned things around; everybody saw that and knows that. …

So the fact is that Mitt Romney is a very good debater. He’s done a very good job at it. He’s practiced and practiced and practiced and practiced, and he’s been flying around with, you know, the person playing Obama on his airplane every minute. He’s gone away and done five debates in 48 hours up in New Hampshire or Vermont or somewhere. …

The president, on the other hand, has to be president every day. Just gave two speeches — I thought terrific speeches — in New York. He has been at the White House and dealing with a whole series of issues, Middle East and otherwise.

Mmm hmm. I mean, what with all of that presiding he’s been doing, it’s clear that the President has had hardly a spare moment for such trivial things as debate practice, I’m sure.


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gumbyandpokey is a lying concern troll. Even the posts he claims were boosting Santorum were NOT, they were anti-Romney. Similarly, his posts on Walker in the recall and lie about Limbaugh expose him as a plant.

Nobody here is buying what he is selling.

Looks like the DNI is taking the fall for Dear Leader in the Benghazi debacle…the wheels on the bus go round….

d1carter on September 28, 2012 at 8:06 PM

I will believe him when he submits his resignation. Until then, he’s just covering Obama butt.

Adjoran on September 29, 2012 at 1:49 AM

It’s just so unfair that Obama will get all the debate questions in advance. That way not only will he be prepared, he’ll know what Romney will be asked, can probably guess what he’ll say, and have comebacks prepared for that, too. Just keep that in mind while you’re watching, and judge Romney hearing the questions for the first time vs Obama having had the list for probably quite some time now.

JustTruth101 on September 29, 2012 at 1:53 AM

John F’n Kerry’s a master debater.

rayra on September 29, 2012 at 3:19 AM

John Kerry walks into a bar, the bartender sez: “Why the long face?”

tbear44 on September 29, 2012 at 6:01 AM

Jengisss Khannnnn!!!

tbear44 on September 29, 2012 at 6:14 AM

Kin ah git me a huntin lahcense here?

fossten on September 29, 2012 at 6:43 AM

Kerry looks like the talking tree in the Wizard of Oz, that tree creeped me out!

hip shot on September 29, 2012 at 7:31 AM

It won’t happen as a debate. There will be a moderator and the questions asked will be edited by both parties so Obama will have his answers on the prompter. Do you really think the left would allow a man to debate Mitt that needed a prompter to talk to a fifth grade class? Get real!

mixplix on September 29, 2012 at 8:02 AM

And he’s been doing it a lot lately. He’s a mass debater.

hawkdriver on September 29, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Is Romney that great of a debater? His competition, with the exception of Gingrich, last time around was so poor.

libfreeordie on September 29, 2012 at 8:26 AM

So…in other words…. The dog ate Obama’s homework – again.

Obama may not have had much experience with debating, but he has certainly gotten plenty of experience making excuses for himself. Look, he is so good at it, he can now make the excuses before the FAIL even happens.

bitsy on September 29, 2012 at 9:01 AM

After reading this, the scene that came into my mind:

Valerie Jarret: mr. president, mr. Kerry will have to say something complimentary about Mittens. He doesn’t mean it, and still holds you in the highest of esteem. We just need to cue the media to build the public expectation of R-money’s performance… You do understand, don’t you…. (camera pulls back revealing POTUS in the fetal position in a corner, nestled to Michele’s bosom as she strokes his hair… )

socalcon on September 29, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Why the long face, John?

petefrt on September 29, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Perry suffering from sleep apnea could still out debate the empty chair. I’m sure Oliar hasn’t been practicing. It would interfere with his visits to the View, Vegas and the links. Besides, would you want to spend that much time with Lurch?

Kissmygrits on September 29, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Why the long face, John?

petefrt on September 29, 2012 at 10:39 AM

…he finally paid the taxes on the yacht he docked in another state for ‘repairs”?

KOOLAID2 on September 29, 2012 at 11:22 AM

KOOLAID2 on September 29, 2012 at 11:22 AM

I think you’ll find that terayza probably paid those.

gh on September 29, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Kudlow just put it in the best terms possible–Romney is having it served to him on a silver platter and he just won’t take it. No cogent, precise message on the economy, with examples of what his policies will fix and illustrations of how it will effect the “$140,000 per year cop and teacher family” by “increasing their take home pay by $12,000 per year”.

Romney’s campaign is so large and directionless that, if they win, it will be in spite of themselves. I desperately want Romney to win, but he MUST start communicating to the people he wants votes from.

NOMOBO on September 29, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Obama has nothing to worry about in the debates. If he screws up, who’s going to report it? Surely not his lapdog media: they will be so busy “fact-checking” every word Romney utters, they won’t have time, just like how Romney’s statements distracted them on Libya.

The absolute worst Obama can do is a tie: they will not let him lose, even by a small margin, because at this point the American media knows what their real job is, and it ain’t telling the truth.

drunyan8315 on September 29, 2012 at 1:08 PM

After reading this, the scene that came into my mind:

Valerie Jarret: mr. president, mr. Kerry will have to say something complimentary about Mittens. He doesn’t mean it, and still holds you in the highest of esteem. We just need to cue the media to build the public expectation of R-money’s performance… You do understand, don’t you…. (camera pulls back revealing POTUS in the fetal position in a corner, nestled to MicheleReggie Love’s bosom as she strokes his hair… )

socalcon on September 29, 2012 at 9:58 AM

cptacek on September 29, 2012 at 8:10 PM

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