Team Obama is in a real pickle now.
When the Empty Suit Known as Barack Hussein Obama skipped his homework and sleep-walked through debate number one, delivering what I heard even one of his own operatives describe as a "ritalin-soaked" performance, he set in motion a quick series of self-inflicted campaign wounds that will cost him this election.
Team Obama's entire campaign strategy has been based on lying to the American people about their opponents' policies and their opponents' characters. Anyone who knew everything they knew about Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan through Obama campaign ads would have naturally assumed they were both monsters. Team Obama has gone so far as a thinly veiled charge of murder leveled at the Governor, and not-so-transparent claims the Congressman enjoys pushing Grandmothers off of cliffs for sport. The only thing they haven't done is make the obvious leap to Herman and Eddie Munster for comic relief. We here at LAS, including the staff cartoonist, are not so slow on the uptake, however.
When I announced my support of Newt Gingrich for the GOP Presidential nomination on this blog on the Lord's day November 16th of 2011, I offered the following rational.
...the GOP nominee will be facing what liberals like to label an “uneven playing field” in the biased press. The road to the White House for a GOP nominee goes through the televised debates with the incumbent, because that is the forum offering the most impactful opportunity to by-pass the media and influence the electorate directly. Think Reagan vs. Carter and “There you go again.”I was of course right on target identifying the debate series as the penultimate tactical objective for this campaign. However, I wholly underestimated Team Obama's capacity to shoot themselves in the foot.
Among the available options, the best debater in the room is far and away Newt Gingrich. Newt will most assuredly reduce the Empty Suit Known as Barack Hussein Obama to a babbling fool in any debate format not moderated by a teleprompter. Defeating the Empty Suit Known as Barack Hussein Obama in 2012 is simply paramount above all other considerations. For this reason, Newt Gingrich must be the GOP nominee. We can leave nothing to chance in 2012.
Team Obama was hammered in Debate #1 because they set up the circumstances allowing Mittens to win just by showing up and being himself. The real Willard Mitt Romney is so unlike the opposition campaign's caricature, his actual policies so not the ridiculous lies that have been aired - all he had to do was be polite and tell the truth to reset everything. Which he did. Mittens did his part ... and Barry turned it into a blowout by assuming he would get his usual affirmative action pass from the press, which led to him showing up totally unprepared.
In the search for excuses, Team Obama decided the mild mannered Mittens had "bullied" the poor pitiful Quota President. So, Team Obama sent out Crazy Uncle Joe to turn up the crazy in Round 2. They calculated it was necessary to re-energize their "base." The problem they have here, however - the problem they always have - is their "base" is at most 20% of the electorate. Whenever they have to fire up their base in plain view of everyone else, they inevitably lose ground with the precious "independents" that swing elections. Which Crazy Uncle Joe just did.
Now, for round three, the scuttlebutt is the Empty Suit Known as Barack Hussein Obama plans to come out swinging against the "bully" Mittens. I suppose he has no choice now - but it will inevitably bite into his only remaining campaign asset: personal likability. The contrast with the first debate is bound to have millions of Americans asking themselves "do we really know who this guy is?" Not a good set up for a guy who is famous for keeping so much hidden about himself. And he has no one to blame but himself and his own campaign for the making of this trap.
I can't wait for round three. The only thing Team Obama will have left afterward is angry rhetoric about non-existent wars on women. The Democrat party will then have no choice but to update its mascot to ...