Remember when Obama was Mr. Smoove? Not anymore:
President Obama’s campaign spokeswoman said she’s concerned Obama will sound too “professorial” to resonate with the low-information voters tuning into the presidential campaign for the first time during this week’s debate.
“[W]hat the American [people] are looking for is not just a professorial list of facts or accomplishments or even goals,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said yesterday as part of her ongoing, almost-comical attempt to lower expectations going into the debates. She then lamented that Obama “has a tendency to give longer, substantive answers.” …
Maybe it has to do with their target audience. “He wants to speak directly to the families — the people who are on their couches at home, having snacks, drinking a beer, drinking soda, whatever it is, and tuning in for the first time — and that’s who he’s speaking directly to,” she said.
Obama campaign mouthpiece Stephanie “He’s a FELON!” Cutter says that history favors the challenger in the first presidential debate. ORLY?
Who won the Carter-Ford debate isn’t clear, but Ford made a gaffe about Poland that was criticized. Carter and Reagan held a single debate. Reagan was considered the winner. Mondale won the first debate with Reagan prompting calls to “Let Reagan be Reagan” because Ronnie supposedly over-prepared. Reagan won the second. The Big Dawg kicked Dole’s and Perot’s asses, but he always wins debates. George W. Bush was declared the winner of every debate because he didn’t shit himself.
That’s a total of five “first” debates between incumbents and challengers, and the incumbent won two of them.
I’ll probably be watching the debate and I expect Romney to win, but I also expect that regardless of what actually happens Obamanation will declare that Obama pulled an upset victory.
Even if he shits himself.