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Maybe it stems from his work as a community organizer.Maybe it stems from not wanting to appear the "angry black man." But Obama is simply not a confrontational man. All one needs to look at is his interaction with his congressional opposition to see that here is a man that can make a fiery speech, but who avoids being confrontational.

I admire Obama for wanting to change the partisanship in Washington by setting a conciliatory tone. Violence begets violence. Partisanship begets partisanship. Turning the other cheek may eventually break the gridlock and turn the tide of a do nothing congress.

But crushing this current version of the Republican party at the ballot box could certainly speed up the process of rebuilding a government that actually can get something done. We can't afford a nuanced debate performance. We can't afford to wait a couple of days for the fact checkers to point out that Obama was able to nobally rise above the avalanche of lies unleashed on him by Romney. Obama probably lost votes last night. Those voters may not be waiting for verification from what is left of our free press.

Obama may be leading in the polls, but the forces of lie, cheat and steal are in full swing on the other side. Election officials in swing states are poised to turn away potential Obama voters despite recent court rulings. We will have to overcome voting machine errors, impossibly long lines in democratic districts, hanging chads and god knows what else. The right wing spin machine will shout from every media outlet, the "high points" of Romney's debate victory. Can Obama afford to be the calm voice of reason in the next two debates? I don't think so.

It seems likely that Joe Biden will do well in his role as attack dog, but fewer people will see the VP debate. In the next two presidential debates, let's hope the "real" Obama does not show up.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Maybe (8+ / 0-)

    it's not a universal winner to be a "confrontational" man.  My 20-something white male grad student just told me he though Romney looked ridiculous in the debate, and that his age group doesn't have the angry white men that Romney's looking for.

    Do you not see that it is the grossest idolatry to speak of the market as though it were the rival of God?

    by kismet on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 12:54:52 PM PDT

  •  What a load of unmitigated balderdash. (8+ / 0-)

    Barack Obama is hugely liked because he is AUTHENTIC.  Your advice to him -- to not be himself -- is rubbish.  Thank goodness you weren't on his campaign last time or this.

    •  Yup. If he'd performed to please those who will (0+ / 0-)

      already be voting for him it may well have alienated gaining additional voters who aren't interested in "zingers".

      Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

      by JTinDC on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 01:05:14 PM PDT

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  •  Last Time Joe Deferred To Palin..... (0+ / 0-)

    Politicians  don't want to be perceived as beating up on a woman......except for Todd Akin & Scott Brown, of course.

    Paul Ryan is just as cut throat as Romney.  He's a liar too, just like Romney.

    No more Mr. Nice Guy as we saw last night.  Joe needs to come out swinging right from the get go when he debates Ryan.

    Be prepared.  Ryan may also come out w/ brand new proposals never discussed before.

  •  And the real R-Money showed up, too (2+ / 0-)
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    Kokomo for Obama, Russgirl

    And, no, I'm not talking policy here.

    R-Money was never going to win this debate by simply scoring more points on "the issues."

    His #1 problem going in was that people think he's a prick.

    Do you think anyone watching the debate last night came away thinking, "Gee, he's not really as big an asshole as I'd imagined"?

    All Obama had to do was step aside and let Mitt be Mitt. Whether the President's passive detachment was the result of some devious strategy or just simple exhaustion, it achieved the desired result. The more Obama disengaged, the more Mitt grew enraged.

    After a few more news cycles, the talking points from Wednesday night will largely fade from memory. But Mitt will continue to be thought of as a dick.

    Advantage: Obama.

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