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There may be logical reasons why Obama deliberately underplayed this.

For one thing, it defeats the Hannity "uppity" premise.

For another, it activates us -- his base.

For another,  since the mainstream media is going to provide false balance ANYWAYS, it allow them to spend more time dissecting lies and material misstatements.  And there just aren't many things they can pick at on our side.

I think we'll be content to have that flamboyant, arm-flapping liar win all he wants on "style points".  By the time people soak up what he really said, and how he's done another aerobatic set of loop-de-loops around his previous positions, they're going to be happy to come back down to earth with our man.

Consider the alternative outcome: if President Obama had gone nonstop toe-to-toe against the Romney lies.  We wouldn't have moved down the field; the entire game would've been labelled a stall.  The President would have likely been seen rolling down in the mud with the Republican.  But by playing it straight -- with his opponent flailing like that -- the Obama ground game got all it needed out of this first debate.

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  •  So he deliberately underperformed (2+ / 0-)
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    belzaboo, koNko

    A variation on the "didn't want to win that debate anyway" excuse.

    Congratulations. This will be #1 on my "List of excuses why Obama lost the first debate".

  •  Losing is not a form of winning (4+ / 0-)

    You don't win by losing. You win by winning.

    •  and sometimes you win by.... (1+ / 0-)
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      judyms9

      .... doing something paradoxical to shake your people on the ground out of their complacency, so they work harder for the one and only win that really counts, which is Election Day.

      We've been having a good ol' time around here laughing at Unfit Mitt and his sidekick Twit, but meanwhile the badguys are sneaking around in the shadows, interfering with voter registration, attempting to disenfranchise voters by the hundreds of thousands, and engaging in various dirty tricks.

      I spoke with someone on Weds night who had much to say about the wild & wooly spy-vs-spy game that's going on in the background.  It is fierce, it is hardcore, and it is clear that our enemies have no morals, no scruples, and no hesitation to break the law if that's what they have to do in order to win.  Meanwhile certain key people on our side are in complete denial of what we're facing.

      The denial ought to stop as of now, with Unfit Mitt's favorable ratings up after this debate.  

      "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

      by G2geek on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 01:44:37 AM PDT

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  •  You're putting a lot of lipstick on this. (3+ / 0-)
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    Sharon Wraight, koNko, IreGyre

    But I agree that Obama could never be as aggressive as people here would like, simply because of the color of his skin.

    Also, likeability is probably his number one asset, and he has to be careful not to screw with that.

    Repubs started up the car, hit the throttle and sent it over the cliff, and now they're complaining that the black guy hasn't fixed it fast enough.

    by Bush Bites on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 01:19:14 AM PDT

  •  He can turn it to advantage (2+ / 0-)
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    IreGyre, judyms9

    If he uses the next debate to bush back a bit harder and call out Romney on the lies on the spot.

    People want a fighter - not an insane rabid dog - but some toughness.

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 01:38:30 AM PDT

  •  Maybe a better way to "activate" the base (2+ / 0-)
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    judyms9, Roadbed Guy

    would have been to fight for a larger stimulus package, fight for the EFCA, fought for single payer healthcare or at least the public opinion, killed the extension of the Bush tax cuts, fouoght for educational equity instead of adopting the same failed neoliberal educational policies of the Bush administration,and maybe prosecuted the Wall Street bankers who melted down the world economy instead of letting scumbags like Jon Corzine skate, instead of advocating Bowles-Simpson at every opportunity.

    Success through failure."  It seems plausible to me.

    Not.

    "The working class mind is strange and unpredictable" -- Ty Lookwell

    by Illinibeatle on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 05:11:45 AM PDT

  •  And again neither mentioned how veterans (0+ / 0-)

    would be plugged into the economy.  Not good.  Obama mentioned that Romney's budget would give more money to the military than they've asked for, but we know it's for private sector contractors.  All of the GOP policies will change the stars and stripes to a big dollar sign, the new US identity.

    Romney went to France instead of serving in our military, got rich chop-shopping US businesses and eliminating US jobs, off-shored his money in the Cayman Islands, and now tells us to "Believe in America."

    by judyms9 on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 05:32:14 AM PDT

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