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People ramping up expectations for Obama need to stop it. It is Romney who needs an EPIC win Tuesday. Given the voting reality in Ohio (we are reality based, fact based, right?) it is Romney who needs to give a perfect 10 debate performance. Obama just needs to show up and be himself. The nation has decided they don't like Romney. It's the same narrative as all along. No amount of Republican spin seems to be changing that fact.

But all the CONCERN about Obama needing to absolutely kill the next debate is just plain wrong. He needs to be perhaps a little better than the last debate. Romney, on the other hand, needs to give it a perfect 10. He'll need some new tricks too because the ones he used last time or out of style. Without a perfect 10 he should just pack it in.

Put the pressure on him.

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  •  Tip Jar (15+ / 0-)

    "There are two kinds of truth, small truth and great truth. You can recognize a small truth because its opposite is a falsehood. The opposite of a great truth is another truth." -- Niels Bohr

    by paxpi on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 06:23:25 PM PDT

  •  I think you're misreading it (5+ / 0-)
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    paxpi, NMDad, madmojo, Supavash, Lee

    The fact that there's so much suspense about Obama's performance in the coming debate practically assures that he'll surpass expectations and win it.

    So I wouldn't sweat the pre-game this time.

    •  Interesting, I'll think on that a bit (1+ / 0-)
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      But I don't think Obama needs to do anything special. He just needs to not be not himself, like last time.

      "There are two kinds of truth, small truth and great truth. You can recognize a small truth because its opposite is a falsehood. The opposite of a great truth is another truth." -- Niels Bohr

      by paxpi on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 06:37:03 PM PDT

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      •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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        And I think that expectations are so low for him (perversely) that he'll have no trouble meeting them. I don't want to jinx it, but I think it will be extra hard for him to "lose" this one. As long as he uses words that are recognizable to the American public, this will probably be deemed the best debate comeback story (TM) in history.

        •  if you're talking about obama (0+ / 0-)

          do you think you could be just a little more insulting? thanks.

          •  What??? (0+ / 0-)

            Please read my comment again. My point is that the media has made his first debate performance to seem SO bad that even stringing two sentences together in the second debate will have to be seen as a huge win for him.

            Obama is incredibly smart and thoughtful. My comment was not a reflection on him at all but on our media culture and the expectations game.

  •  In Town Hall, Romney must talk with "You People" (3+ / 0-)
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    That will be hard for him.  Obama should do great with anyone who asks a questions.

  •  No (5+ / 0-)

    The President needs to do more than simply show up.

    This election is about more than just the President. His poor performance energized the Republican base. That's not good news regardless of the outcome of the Presidentisl race.

    Here in Michigan, for instance, we have a couple of proposals that are rather important. Increased Republican turnout decreases the chances that the votes on the proposals will go our way.

    The President needs to step up. Is the pressure on him? Yes it is, as it should be.

    A proud member of the Professional Left since 1967.

    by slatsg on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 06:40:59 PM PDT

  •  With the stakes, what positions will Romney choose (1+ / 0-)
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    I predict he'll embrace the stimulus and a manned mission to Mars...

    Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore

    by Minerva on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 06:41:16 PM PDT

  •  The sky may not be falling.... (1+ / 0-)
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    but at this point, I'd say there's a bit more pressure on the President than on Romney. I'm sure we'd all want it another way, but it isn't.

    Romney moved the needle last time. Since there was so much questioning of the President's debate performance last time, I think even a draw would draw criticism in the media, and might send poor Chris Matthews and Sully to the nearest bridge to jump from.

    Rick Perry - the greatest scientist since Galileo!

    by Bobs Telecaster on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 06:44:03 PM PDT

  •  I Disagree (1+ / 0-)
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    I don't trust the media and the polls. I know that Rove the Election Monster is out there somewhere eager to pounce on unexpected voters.

    We need to step up the heat. Its a bad time to play prevent defense. Obama needs to seal the deal and send Mitt the Twit home once and for all.

    No Mercy!!

  •  I get what you're trying to do here (2+ / 0-)
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    paxpi, Supavash

    but we don't have a noise machine equivalent to what the wingnuts have, willing to repeat talking points even if they are just manufactured "malarkey".

    There's smart, and there's K-mart smart. Sarah Palin is K-mart smart.

    by InsultComicDog on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 07:04:01 PM PDT

  •  I thought the last debate was not bad (1+ / 0-)
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    Obama being Obama. (although he needs to lose the "I think were pretty much in agreement.." stuff- it being a debate and all.

    But then, my house is now surrounded by Romney signs.

  •  Thanks for the pep talk, papxi. (1+ / 0-)
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    I think we all needed it. =)

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