At Wednesday’s debate, the emperor showed up without his clothes
by Don McKee
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October 05, 2012 12:53 AM | 1471 views | 7 7 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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It seems the “emperor had no clothes.”

Barack Obama apparently thought his imperial persona would knock Mitt Romney out of the ring Wednesday night. It didn’t happen. Obama’s overrated debating skills didn’t show up, nor did a credible defense of his policies that have the economy stuck in slow to no growth mode while he calls for higher taxes.

Result: his defeat was the worst in the 28 years since viewers were first polled on presidential debates. Romney won by a landslide 67 percent to Obama’s 25 percent, according to a CNN/ORC International survey immediately after the debate. “No presidential candidate has topped 60 percent in that question since it was first asked in 1984,” CNN’s polling director said. Get this: more than one-third, 35 percent, said the debate made them more likely to vote for Romney, but only 18 percent said likewise about Obama.

Making Romney’s victory sweeter, final Nielsen data showed that 67.2 million viewers watched the debate, 28 percent more than the 52.4 million that tuned in for the first 2008 debate between Obama and GOP nominee John McCain.

The Chicago Tribune editorialized: “Romney was alert, energized and confident. Obama slumped his shoulders, smiled mostly to himself, and for some reason kept staring down. He was that guy at the meeting who’s surreptitiously checking his email.”

Obama supporters, notably liberal pundits, came down hard on their hero. Time magazine’s Joe Klein wrote: “Mitt Romney won this debate. Barack Obama lost it. I mean, he got his butt kicked. It was, in fact, one of the most inept performances I’ve ever seen by a sitting president.” He gave Romney credit for being “calm, clear, convincing,” but added: “The real mystery was Obama. Where on earth was he? Why was his debate strategy unilateral disarmament?”

The New Yorker’s David Remnick lamented Obama’s “I-don’t-wanna-be-here-please-get-me-outta-here manner; his barely-able-to-rouse-himself incapacity to pounce on Mitt Romney’s empty and contradictory policy prescriptions; his unwillingness even to craft a solid two-minute closing statement.”

Wild man Chris Matthews on the little-watched MSNBC threw a hissy fit about Obama’s debacle. “I don’t’ know what he was doing out there He had his head down, he was enduring the debate rather than fighting it,” Matthews ranted. “Where was Obama tonight?”

Al Gore, discredited one-time Dem presidential candidate who sighed his way into losing a decisive debate with George W. Bush, came up with a thin air excuse for Obama falling on his face. Gore said maybe the high altitude of Denver, the debate site, was to blame. Obama arrived “just a few hours before the debate started,” Gore said on Current TV, while “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, maybe…”

The best zinger came from so-called humorist and diehard Obama supporter Bill Maher: “I can’t believe I’m saying this but Obama looks like he does need a Teleprompter.”

This time the emperor was caught without his clothes.

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Emperors' Clothes
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October 12, 2012
It will be interesting to see what costume the emperor assumes next Tuesday....
Just Me
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October 05, 2012
Great analogy Don. As a journalist I truly respect, your observations are right on.

Isn't the arrogance amazing? Democrats want to portray Mitt as a rich, arrogant jerk, but it's really Obama who shows up casually unprepared, trying to look cool but without any substance. We all knew people like him in school. Skin color notwithstanding, there were always those guys who got by as long as they could flash that huge, fake smile and bs their way into the class presidency...all the while getting others to do the hard work and seeming to slouch away when any real responsibilities loomed. I always felt sorry for the people who were fooled by clowns like this , following them around like puppies despite their incompetence.
Kevin Foley
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October 05, 2012
Rope a dope.
anonymous
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October 05, 2012
Here goes Foley again, inappropriately commenting on other's columns when he has how many times each week where he can opine???

Don't you have a real job, Foley?
Devlin Adams
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October 05, 2012
Foley, that is very astute of you. That is exactly what Romney did to Obama.
SG68
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October 05, 2012
More like "Debate a Dope"

Obama was obviously outclassed and he knew it.

The one good thing for Obama is that he has a lot of room for improvement. He set the bar very, very low.

If he utters any semblance of a well thought out response in the debates that follow it will be regaled as a major victory.
anonymous
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October 05, 2012
Right on again Mr. Mckee. It reminded me of the Tyson vs. Douglas fight back in 1990 when Iron Mike lost in Japan to an underdog Buster Douglas.
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