The Fretting Begins: Obama an ‘Imperiled Incumbent’ Facing ‘Must-Win’ Debate

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 at 10:55 am
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Get ready for the “Comeback Kid” stories after tomorrow’s debate. The National Journal sets up the narrative.

In little over a week, Barack Obama has gone from being a likely two-term president (according to the polls) to an imperiled incumbent who faces a must-win situation in Hempstead, N.Y., on Tuesday when he confronts Mitt Romney at Hofstra University in their second debate. The president apparently understands this, telling a radio talk show this week that he was “too polite” to Romney last time and that there will be “more activity” in Hempstead. White House press secretary Jay Carney, asked about the challenge, said that Obama realizes “the stakes are tremendously high” and that he must present “a very clear contrast.”

Obama’s biggest problem, however, may not be Romney but the debate’s format, which couldn’t be more difficult for an incumbent mounting a comeback. The second debate will be town-hall-style, where a selected audience of undecided voters asks the questions, many of which will likely focus on the president’s tenure.

Who are they kidding? The CNN host gets to select the questions herself. Does anyone really believe she’s going to allow Obama anything but softballs? Please. This is the same person who called the Romney-Ryan ticket a death wish for the GOP.

You can pretty much guarantee Obama will get a question along the lines of  “How have you been able to survive with such a hostile Tea Party Congress?” while Romney will be deluged with contrived “War on Women” questions trying to trip him up. And it’s a near certainty some of the “undecided” people asking questions will easily be revealed as Democrat plants. If CNN wants to maintain any credibility they better make sure those allowed to ask questions have been properly vetted because it’ll be pretty easy finding out who they are and their past political history.

 

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3 Responses to “The Fretting Begins: Obama an ‘Imperiled Incumbent’ Facing ‘Must-Win’ Debate”

  1. lyle on 15/15/12 at 12:45 pm

    If CNN wants to maintain any credibility they better make sure those allowed to ask questions have been properly vetted

    CNN? Credibility? It is to laugh…

  2. Jeff S. on 15/15/12 at 2:50 pm

    If CNN wants to maintain any credibility they better make sure those allowed to ask questions have been properly vetted because it’ll be pretty easy finding out who they are and their past political history.

    I think this is another example of a mistake conservative pundits make a lot, namely, assuming that progs are concerned with things like reputation and fairness in arguing. They are not. They are interested only in the accumulation of power and winning the battle currently at hand. Burned bridges mean nothing to them, because in true postmodern fashion history can be molded to what their needs require. “What? My reputation is ruined? I’ll discredit the ruiners and manufacture a new one.”

    To use a military analogy, they’re like Napoleon’s or Sherman’s armies, moving across the countryside cut off from their supply lines and living off the land. Progressives and liberals are maneuvering through the political landscape with no connection to history, ethics or epistemology–by their definition, truth is whatever they believe and right is whatever they manage to accomplish.

    Crowley’s prejudices will be ignored if Obama wins. If he doesn’t, she’ll still get a paycheck somewhere under the MSM rock.

  3. Blue Hen on 15/15/12 at 3:20 pm

    Sadly, this will be so flawed, so skewed, that the best we can hope for is that Romney doesn’t inadvertantly provide the media and the left ( I repeat myself) with any soundbites.