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Back on October 3rd, following Debate #1, I wrote a diary stating that The Boss had performed a great Rope-a-Dope on Rmoney.  At the time, it just seemed too out-of-character for this great, bright man to be so apparently listless in Round One of the Quad Debate cage match.  Sumpin' was up.  There was some splainin' to do.  Rope-a-dope seemed a more reasonable splainin' than, "Well, Barack just had a bad night."  This is a guy who hasn't had a bad night since about age 19 -- he's a consistent winner.  Winners like the president just don't have bad nights, especially not like that one.

I suspected something at the time, and I think it's even a stronger theory now:

The Boss Rope-a-Doped Rmoney to sop up some of the money that was starting to leak out of the top of the card and into down-ticket races.

Hear me out on this one.

As September drew to a close, the poll margins were widening in favor of the Good Guy at the top of the ticket.

Punditry wisdom, such as it is, was starting to run stories and parodies about "The Stench", sure loserdom for Rmoney/Eddie Munster, what was Eddie going to do next, circular firing squads, the whole lot.  There were a number of stories about The REAL MONEY seeking other targets, going after PROFESSOR Warren, Joe Donnelly, Tester, Claire and the other on-the-bubble Senate races, or heading into House races and even into state level races.

Here's the punchline:

I thought, and I still think, that the president was extremely confident of winning, so much so that he could throw Round One and sop up more of that money back into a race he knew he could win, AND PULL IT OUT OF THE DOWNBALLOT RACES.

OK, here's where you get to start smacking me around for being so idolatrous of Barack Obama.

However, this is a guy who plays the long game better than any politician I've ever seen.  It's no compliment, but the next best was probably Nixon.  For all his character flaws, he could play ahead like no one else on the national or world stage.

But this president is better in all regards, particularly in his lack of cynicism and base evil.

So...go ahead, start smacking.

I'm still gonna choose to believe this, myth or not.  

Maybe in about 10 years on the Discovery Channel, there'll be one of those crazy conspiracy shows that includes, "Exclusive!  Never explained before now!  Barack Obama Rope-a-Doped whatzizname in 2012 to soak up the billions coming into national politics with that since-overturned relic, "Citizens United", helping to expand the Senate majority and eat into the NutHouse majority!".

I have my little propeller hat here somewhere.


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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    You don't need a quadrophonic Blaupunkt, you hayseed. You need a curveball!

    by GoBlue08 on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 01:33:25 PM PST

  •  Nope. (1+ / 0-)
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    Really?  You think he wouldn't rather have twenty new D House members instead of 6?  That is some stupid-ass long game.  

    Still enjoying my stimulus package.

    by Kevvboy on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 01:37:27 PM PST

    •  The point, if I need to explain it, (1+ / 0-)
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      is that the D-count might have been less than 6 without re-directing to the top.

      Not sure how your comment is relevant to the point.

      How does he get 20 if a couple hundred mil goes into a 30 House races -- the bet is that the money is longer than his coattails, a bet that was backed up by the 2010s when he campaigned hard, but couldn't save many D congresspeeps.

      You don't need a quadrophonic Blaupunkt, you hayseed. You need a curveball!

      by GoBlue08 on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 01:43:53 PM PST

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      •  ah, so you think that republicans were abandoning (0+ / 0-)

        Romney... and sinking their money in house races?

        I dunno. It makes no sense really, since the same would apply for Dems.

        "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals; we know now that it is bad economics" - F.D.R.

        by biscobosco on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 03:43:18 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  So sick of this "rope-a-dope" shit.... (0+ / 0-)

    Obama's people just know math better than Mitt Romney.  

    Romney was a BAD candidate (even worse than McCain) who would have not gotten even this close if it weren't for the economy and the sickening racism that persists in this country.

  •  By any chance do you think the Titanic sank... (0+ / 0-)

    Because Captain Smith was playing chicken with the iceberg and lost?

    "I don't give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it's Hell."

    by Notthemayor on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 01:50:45 PM PST

  •  Complacency (2+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA, Sandino

    I actually had a similar thought.  I think they knew their numbers were too high and he needed to bring the poll numbers back to reality.  Better to do it in the first debate than have it happen in the last week.  Also, it may have been an attempt to curtail overly exuberant optimism.  Why turn out if your guy is 8 points ahead?  I do agree, Obama plays a very long game.  He's playing chess when everyone else is playing checkers.  History will be very very kind to President Obama.  This is what you get when you elect a community organizer as president.  It's too bad that most the excitement went to a few states though.  Imagine what the house would have looked like if every state had the organizing mastery that was the Obama campaign.  Boy are my republican friends unhappy though.  I'm giving them time to go through the seven stages.

  •  I had another strategic thought wrt (4+ / 0-)

    to the first debate 'performance'.

    The President is known for being polite.  The President is known to disdain RMoney.  By underperforming during debate 1, and letting RMoney behave like the bully he is, The President had the perfect excuse to come out swinging like the fighter he is in debates 2 and 3.

    All the wailing from the left and gloating from the right gave him all the excuse he needed to be very aggressive in the subsequent debates.

    His 'please go on, Governor' comment while RMoney was proving himself stupid about 'terror' and Benghazi, was the perfect demonstration that The President had set his opponent up, and that he had him exactly where he wanted him.

    Kathleen Sebelius 2016

    by pvlb on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 02:57:05 PM PST

  •  NYT says this about the first debate: (1+ / 0-)
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    Shortly after the debate began, Mr. Obama’s aides realized they had made their own mistakes in advising Mr. Obama to avoid combative exchanges that might sacrifice the good will many Americans felt toward him. In Mr. Obama’s mock debates with Senator John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat, Mr. Kerry drew Mr. Obama into a series of intense exchanges, and Mr. Axelrod decided that they were damaging to the president.

    In 90 minutes, Mr. Obama crystallized what had been gnawing concerns among many Americans about the president. He came across, as Mr. Obama’s advisers told him over the next few days, as professorial, arrogant, entitled and detached from the turmoil tearing the nation. He appeared to be disdainful not only of his opponent but also of the political process itself. Mr. Obama showed no passion for the job, and allowed Mr. Romney to explode the characterization of him as a wealthy, job-destroying venture capitalist that the Obama campaign had spent months creating.


    Quotes are from the third page of a long article today analyzing the Obama campaign.

    The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

    by ybruti on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 03:28:12 PM PST

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