Obama and Biden deserve to lose but will they? They are certainly doing all they can to make it happen, but there are some people just so stubborn they refuse to take the hint and will vote for them regardless. But O&B are making every effort to lose, that’s for sure.
A few examples. First from Biden’s Contempt at The Weekly Standard:
Biden showed that Democrats not only disagree with the Romney-Ryan views of the role of government in domestic and foreign affairs: They have utter contempt for such views, cannot even conceive of the possibility that the other side has a credible point of view, one that warrants thoughtful consideration and response rather than derision. That’s one reason President Obama did so poorly in the Denver debate: Certainty of his own virtue and wisdom relieves him of the necessity of considering the merit in the arguments of political opponents, and the structure of the White House shields him from criticism.
And at National Review Online, a commenter points out that there is more to a presidential debate than the 90 minutes spent on stage:
The debate no longer ends when the debaters walk off stage. And now it no longer ends when the TV spinners have, like cuckoos, laid their eggs and flown away. There is now the long, long reverberation in social media, where the basic debate footage serves as raw material for mash-ups and parodies and treatments for the rest of the election cycle and beyond. And Biden’s performance, which won him some tactical advantage in the debate, has set him up as the target for rich satire and a way that Ryan’s conventional performance didn’t and cannot do. His performance is comic gold, and although within hard-core Dem/left circles he will be celebrated as the warrior, everywhere else, and especially for basically apolitical young YouTube viewers, he will be the jackass supreme. I suspect that by Election Day, the various parodic videos will have had a larger viewership than the debate itself. By this criterion, the tactic was a massive miscalculation.
And the lies will now be checked and the claims checked against common sense. Here is Michael Barone commenting on what he sees as a campaign fit for the 1980s:
Fast forward to Joe Biden at the debate. He clearly did what the Obama campaign wanted: lots of lusty attacks on Mitt Romney, repeated mentions of that magic number 47 percent, smirks and groans and derisive laughter.
He interrupted Paul Ryan and moderator Martha Raddatz more than 80 times, which may have been offputting to Independents and Undecideds. But he gave core Democrats like interrupter Chris Matthews something to cheer about.
On substance he was weaker. He denied that the White House knew that Ambassador Christopher Stevens was attacked by terrorists rather than in a spontaneous demonstration prompted by an anti-Islam video. That’s in vivid contrast with sworn testimony Wednesday that the State Department knew it was a terrorist attack all along.
Biden’s statement was either an untruth or a confession of incompetence. If the State Department had the information, why didn’t the White House?
Well, Hillary, was it you alone who knew or did the White House also know and therefore did Biden lie?
After David Axelrod’s repeated assurances this morning on Fox News Sunday that ‘there isn’t anybody on this planet’ who feels a greater sense of responsibility for our diplomats than this President, Chris Wallace asked how soon after the Benghazi attacks the President actually met with his national security team.
Wallace followed up on Axelrod’s non-answer by asking whether the President managed to squeeze in a meeting with the National Security Council before jetting off to Las Vegas for a campaign rally. Given Axelrod’s inability to produce a straightforward answer to the questions, it’s pretty clear the answer is ‘no.’
This is well beyond incompetence and dereliction of duty. We are looking at people whose judgment is so impaired they should not be trusted with anything requiring an ounce of responsibility never mind the management of our economies and the fate of the West.