|At this point, Romney has won the election. The next two weeks will see whether or not the President can win it back in time.|
Perhaps it is Gestalt. You know about this: when you walk into a restaurant and see a bit of old food on a fork, you know right away the place is dirty. Or when you step into a car mechanics bay and see piles of broken parts stacked up in the corner, you know your car wont be ready on time. Little tiny things are indicative of the whole, and tell you lots. Likewise, the whole can manifest itself in surprisingly small ways.
Here is another example: look at Democratss explanations for what happened. None of these are original: the Czar has seen multiple references to every one of these from Democrats, not from wacky Republicans.
- The President finds the debate format too stifling and artificial.
- The President was exhausted from Denvers thin air.
- The President was interrupted by the moderator too much.
- The President had to talk too fast because Romney went over on time.
- The President was exhausted from anniversary sex [no, the Czar is not making this up; no less than three Dem sources stated this, quite seriously].
- The President intentionally nosedived his performance in order to appear as the underdog.
- The President intentionally nosedived his performance in order to rope-a-dope Romney.
- In fact, the President was awesome. Americans are just too stupid to understand the incredible level of genius he displayed.
Once again, the President cannot admit he choked. Everything must be someone elses fault: incredibly, no one appears to be blaming George Bush, ATMs, tsunami, European austerity, George Bush, corporate jet owners, or the previous president for Obamas Bill Buckner moment. The greater inability of the President to accept responsibility for his own mistakes manifests itself in an off-putting debate performance.
Likewise, the little predicts the greater. The fact that so many folks are making increasingly outlandish excuses for the President means all this comfort and filtering insulation around Obama is exactly why he found himself facing a fast-thinking, deeply analytic, powerhouse corporate executive who specializes in problem solving, and not a senile, humorless automaton so wealthy that he cannot comprehend anything other than his offshore accountsin other words, Obama found himself facing Mitt Romney, and not this ridiculous straw man Obamas own campaign dolts invented for him to organize the community around. More here.
Many Democrats are now realizing why their evil Republican opponents were so damned eager to get Mitt Romneyor actually any of the primary candidatesacross the podium from the President. Republicans have been promising the undecided voters for about a year now that the President would indeed be wearing his new clothes for the debates: the President is a fraud who believes his own hype. And almost 70 million Americansthat may be three-quarters of all likely voterssaw the President for what he was. You know perfectly well Rick Perry would have dinged him up just as badly.
And when Paul Ryan was picked as the running mate, millions of Republicans all thought the exact same thought: wow, the debate will be a bloodbath. Perhaps notRyan is planning a lower key approach, and by all accounts Biden is planning to be obnoxious. But come onPaul Ryan against Joe Biden will be like watching Ricky Jay play poker against that wino at the end of the bar who mutters into his drink and unpredictably shrieks condemnations at the neon signs on the wall. One wonders if Obama is even going to watch.
So really, the second debate will be the one that matters. We all know, and are sick of hearing, how Carter trounced Reagan in the first debate, and that Kerry smacked Bush badly in their first debate, and so on and so on. Hayes didnt do so well, either, as the Czar recalls (but no way were we voting for Tilden).
But the second debate will reveal how seriously Barack Obama wants to be re-elected, or if his goof of a presidency is over for him. If Obama does not come singing with a pitch-perfect performance and tears apart Romney, it means he is incapable of change. He learned nothing from the first one.
And we will likely see all sorts of excuses and denials by others around him; but the expectation is that the President will continue to set a low barreally, the only one he has ever known. And more and more folks will be forced to admit it.