If you thought Mitt Romney’s blow-torching of the hapless Obama Wednesday night was entertaining, just imagine the damage Paul Ryan can do matched up against the bumbling Joe Biden next Thursday. Remarkably enough Democrats are actually reduced to hoping Biden can salvage some dignity from that debacle and get their sinking ship righted.
Democratic strategists are eyeing the forthcoming debate between Vice President Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) with a mix of hope and nervousness in the wake of President Obama’s widely panned performance in his initial encounter with Mitt Romney Wednesday night.
On the plus side, some Democrats feel that a strong performance from Biden next Thursday could turn the page on the president’s near-debacle in Denver.
At this point a strong performance for Biden would have him not crapping his pants and fondling the moderator. Really, are they seriously thinking he can match wits with Ryan? Chances are for greater the famed malaprop king will produce a cringe-worthy gaffe he’s famous for.
“Joe Biden needs to go back to the effective organizing principle of the Obama campaign, which was at some level not adhered to last night,” said Chris Lehane, a strategist who worked in the Clinton White House and on Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign.
“He needs to be the aggressor, keep the foot on the gas,” Lehane added, noting that the economic fundamentals were so problematic, from Team Obama’s perspective, that “it’s like you’re going up a hill. The moment you take your foot off the gas pedal, gravity is going to start pulling you down in the opposite direction.”
Gravity, the next great challenge for Democrats. That and a hostile electorate.