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    then the President needs to throw his weight around somehow the next time they debate.  I'm not going to link to it, but the New Yorker cover for next week is just brutal.

    More than anything, what makes me so angry about the Wednesday night debate debacle is that it's given ammo to all those righties claiming the President was just an empty suit who would wilt when confronted, who was hapless without a Teleprompter.

    We know it's bullshit, we've seen Obama speak very well extemporaneously, such as in his 2008 debates with Hillary Clinton and John McCain, and especially when he destroyed the entire House Republican Caucus at their retreat on live TV back in January 2010.

    But Wednesday's performance gave righties an opening to reinforce their mythology of Obama as an empty suit, and unfortunately if the New Yorker cover is any indication it may be a meme that takes hold somewhat.

    I sincerely hope that doesn't become the case because I desperately want Obama to win this thing and desperately do not want someone like Mitt Romney getting anywhere near the White House.  But it is dangerous this late in the election for such a meme to take hold because there's not much time left to undo it.  And given that 70 million Americans tuned into the debate, the most since 1980, there's the possibility that this impression has or will become quite widespread.

    Thus, the stakes are very high in the next debate.  The President must completely disavow anyone of the impression they might've gotten of him as empty suit from the first debate.  And he can do it by thoroughly dismantling Romney for all the American people to see in the next debate.  It is absolutely imperative that he do so.

    “Th’ noise ye hear is not th’ first gun iv a revolution. It’s on’y th’ people iv the United States batin’ a carpet.” - Mr. Dooley

    by puakev on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 03:09:34 PM PDT

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