Now that Debate 1 is history, out come the excuses
posted at 3:51 pm on October 4, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
Well that didn’t take long. The morning after a debate on the economy in which the president was schooled by his businessman opponent, liberals took time out to feel their pain and lick their wounds. It just wasn’t supposed to be like this.
But the period of mourning was short lived. By early afternoon, the excuses began to take shape and find their way into headlines. Former vice president and current certifiable maniac Al Gore complained that the mile-high altitude worked in Romney’s favor and against Obama. “Obama,” he groused on his TV network Current, “arrived in Denver at 2 p.m. today—just a few hours before the debate started. Romney did his debate prep in Denver. When you go to 5,000 feet, and you only have a few hours to adjust, I don’t know.”
Jim Lehrer, who moderated the debate, also drew some red flags from critics on the left who apparently miss having the NFL replacement refs to kick around. “Lehrer sucked,” Bill Maher noted tersely, although I don’t think he was far off in his critique. Lehrer, who is 78, seemed a tad feeble, his voice reedy, suggesting that maybe it is time to retire his number. But Maher’s beef seems to reside in Lehrer’s cutting the president off when he had exceeded his time limit, which is one of the few functions Lehrer carried out according to Hoyle.
The DNC released an ad suggesting that Romney wasn’t nice enough to the president, which should resonate with that huge section of the electorate who vote based on “niceness” and who are convinced by the ad. The National Journal declared, without sensing a need to explain what they meant, that “the deck was stacked against Obama.” Which raises the question of whether, apart from his having the incumbent advantage, Obama’s vaunted rhetorical skills shouldn’t have stacked the deck in his favor.
And finally, there is the Obama campaign, which has a different spin on last night’s debate depending on who you ask. Deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter grudgingly conceded that Romney won that debate but only “on preparation and style points.” Chief honcho David Axelrod was unequivocal in his view that Romney won, even though he quizzically added, “I don’t see us adding huge amounts of additional prep time” for the next debate.
Sounds like it should be fun.
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- Obama ad claims Romney misquoted him, then plays Obama saying those words