While it wasn't a good night at all for the President I personally didn't see it as the complete wipe out that the punditry did. While it was obvious that Romney had brought his A game it was clearly evident that Barack Obama was off his majorly.
It went somewhat along the lines of mitt Romney spewed a torrent of unabashed lies with amazing clarity and zingy precision while Obama stuck to the facts in a low key, boring and professorial manner.
That being said the reviews by the chattering class were deadly. Here are a few by those who would be considered cheerleaders for the President...
Chris Matthews said “Where was Obama tonight?! I don't know what he was doing out there…. I know he likes to say he doesn't watch cable television but maybe he should start. Maybe he should start. I don't know how he let Romney get away with the crap he threw at him tonight…"
Ed Schultz raged “I was absolutely stunned tonight,”
David Gergen offered, "I don't think anyone's ever spoken to him like that over the last four years. I think he found that not only surprising but offensive in some ways... it looked like he was angry at times."
Ezra Klein vented “If the Obama campaign was worried about Dems being overconfident going into the final stretch, tonight should allay those fears,”
Bill Maher tweeted "I can’t believe I’m saying this, But Obama looks like he DOES need a teleprompter.”
Whoopi Goldberg summed up the night by tweeting "Good Lord I need a joint oh my god I want to go down the path to an answer!!"While Obama allies lamented his performance Fox News gloated over the win and then gloated again over the fact that Obama supporters recognized that he lost. They printed all the above quotes and more and rolled around in it them like a fat sweaty stripper in a jello pit full of dirty singles.
Rahther than link to a clip of the whole debate here is a condensed version of it from our friends over BuzzFeed. It's called "The Whole Presidential Debate In 121 Seconds". It's basically everything you need to know without having to sit through the whole 90 minutes…
After watching that take into account that it's not that it was edited out but rather that Barack Obama (stunningly) never once mentioned any of these topics: Bain Capital, 47% gaffe, the Personhood amendment, Mitt's "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" editorial, women's reproductive rights, tax shelters, self deportation, defunding Planned Parenthood, union busting, Arizona's papers please law, privatizing Social Security, a woman's right to choose, ect, ect, ect…. (Did I leave anything out?)
It boggles the mind.
Many of Obama's fans have expressed the hope that the President was playing rope-a-dope in order to set up a situation where Mitt Romney would tell the same lies in the next debate so he could deliver a knockout blow using Mitts own words as the cudgel.
In stark and maddening contrast here is the stump speech Barack Obama was giving today (where the hell was this guy last night!?!)…