Andrew Sullivan Melts Down (Again) Over Obama Debate Performance

Andy’s latest rant is sure to raise a smile.  The great irony is that he identifies the problem with laser precision but is clueless as to the cause.

The Pew poll is devastating, just devastating. Before the debate, Obama had a 51 – 43 lead; now, Romney has a 49 – 45 lead. That’s a simply unprecedented reversal for a candidate in October. Before Obama had leads on every policy issue and personal characteristic; now Romney leads in almost all of them. Obama’s performance gave Romney a 12 point swing! I repeat: a 12 point swing.

Romney’s favorables are above Obama’s now. Yes, you read that right. Romney’s favorables are higher than Obama’s right now. That gender gap that was Obama’s firewall? Over in one night:

Currently, women are evenly divided (47% Obama, 47% Romney). Last month, Obama led Romney by 18 points (56% to 38%) among women likely voters.

Seriously: has that kind of swing ever happened this late in a campaign? Has any candidate lost 18 points among women voters in one night ever? And we are told that when Obama left the stage that night, he was feeling good. That’s terrifying. On every single issue, Obama has instantly plummeted into near-oblivion. He still has some personal advantages over Romney – even though they are all much diminished. Obama still has an edge on Medicare, scores much higher on relating to ordinary people, is ahead on foreign policy, and on being moderate, consistent and honest (only 14 percent of swing voters believe Romney is honest). But on the core issues of the economy and the deficit, Romney is now kicking the president’s ass …

Look: I’m trying to rally some morale, but I’ve never seen a candidate this late in the game, so far ahead, just throw in the towel in the way Obama did last week – throw away almost every single advantage he had with voters and manage to enable his opponent to seem as if he cares about the middle class as much as Obama does. How do you erase that imprinted first image from public consciousness: a president incapable of making a single argument or even a halfway decent closing statement?

Andy is in such a state of shock, he still hasn’t figured out what happened. We don’t have the final numbers but somewhere in the neighborhood of a half a billion -billion with a B- dollars have been spent to make Romney look like the devil. And in 90 minutes people saw the real man and realized two things: 1) He wasn’t the devil and 2) Obama will say anything to stay in power.

Barrack Obama threw away 10 months of work and a half a billion dollars in 90 minutes. Really more like 30 minutes; after that we were all just watching the car wreck.

Andy and his hard core lefty pals don’t get that nobody but them like’s Obama. Obama’s lead was artificial because people didn’t realize there was a viable alternative. When people saw for themselves there was a viable alternative -and he was far more qualified than Obama was- they understandably jumped ship. I’m really tired of hearing that Obama lost the debate. Sure he sucked, but don’t kid yourself Romney kicked his ass.  Romney proved not only is he more personable than Obama but he’s smarter than Obama could hope to be. Barrack Obama has always been a myth in the media’s mind. The only surprise is that it took the public this long to figure it out. Even Andy must know Obama is as much a media creation as any Kardashian.

Andy flails around for the rest of the piece trying to figure out how to put the genie back in the bottle, the clothes back on the emperor, Oz back behind the curtain.  I seriously doubt it can be done, people saw what they saw.

There are two other things that happened that night the media has been slow to pick up on:

For much of this campaign the Romney camp has been trying to gently persuade people that it is ok to give up on Obama; that voting for Romney didn’t mean you were wrong four years ago. Obama graciously gave them the out. They could switch to the Romney camp telling themselves they voted for the right guy 4 years ago but now he’s burned out and it’s time to move on. The other thing that happened that night was what happened the next few days, the water cooler factor. If you look at the polls closely, Romney’s bounce actually grew a few days post debate as people talked about the debate. It’s hard to be the one guy in the office voting for the loser when the rest of the office is talking about how bad he sucked.

I suppose there’s a chance for Obama to redeem himself but I’m not sure how. Even if Obama has a good night, Romney is smarter and more in command of the facts and oh by the way doesn’t have the last 4 years of the Obama record hanging from his neck.

And with this week’s Ryan/Biden debate, Obama’s chances are that much longer.


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