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  •  Debates aren't what Obama loves; everyone (5+ / 0-)

    knows that.  He's a non-confrontational personality; it is out of his comfort zone to be the sort of "annihilator" you seem to be hoping for.  

    And  don't know why you would think this was some big conspiracy to "tongue tie" him.  He just is not the street brawler you seem to think.  We have known this about him for many years now.  I truly don't understand how you've come this far with him and still failed to grasp this core element of his personality.

    •  Thing Is You Can Be Confident At Non-Confrontation (1+ / 0-)
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      Look at the camera, make missed points of accomplishments of the past 4 years. It's the same thing I was screaming about in 2010: whatever your strategy, you still have to sell it in a convincing performance.

      It seems to be more basic than simply not being confrontational.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 01:56:27 PM PDT

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      •  Can I R you a thousand times. You stated it (0+ / 0-)

        perfectly. Wish Obama and his team could memorize it.


        It’s the Supreme Court, stupid! Followed by: It's always the Supreme Court! Progressives will win only when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

        by auapplemac on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 01:59:44 PM PDT

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      •  Perhaps he's just Not Very Good At Debating. (0+ / 0-)

        Oh well.  Shrug.  We all have our strengths and weaknesses.

        Obama's best out on the campaign trail talking to rallies and connecting with people on a personal level.  That's where the Presidency will be won or lost, not on debating ability.

    •  Good points, Loquatrix (0+ / 0-)

      But why did President Obama use NONE of his big guns in defending his policies on the economy? And he is a member of the DLC, the folks that gave us NAFTA. So my concerns aren't unreasonable.

      As to his not being a "street brawler" as you see, I know that. He's been coached no doubt to avoid being seen as "an uppity black man" by those seeing through the filter of racism. But the man has pride and ambition, and those things should've led him to speak to his own successes in the economy even if he wasn't willing to confront Romney on his lies.

      But he didn't. I think asking why is a valid question. Regardless, I'll be supporting the man fully through the election. After that, after he has a secure second term, then we can be critical about his actions and through our progressive might shift both he and Congress more to the left.

      With the president reelected, then we can shift towards the next big potential victory:  ending the filibuster's unreasonable choking of actual democracy in the Senate. You're next on our list, Harry Reid. Don't let this opportunity to change the Senate rules for the better slip by again.

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      by ProgToddNorCal on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 02:06:51 PM PDT

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      •  Perhaps he's just not a very good debater? (0+ / 0-)

        Maybe it's as simple as that.  He hates it, and he isn't the best at it.  Oh well!  Presidencies aren't won or lost on debating ability.

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