Did last night’s debate lead you, the swing voter, to shift your vote toward Romney or Obama?
Kevin Baker, at Harper’s Magazine, vented on the President with these words, calling his piece “The Man Who Would be Ex-President,” but I would still ask if the debate is shifting the vote:
I mean, think about it. He runs for president as a populist, soaking up all the liberal energy for change in the country. Once in power, he surrounds himself with failed conservative advisers, and squanders most of his mandate. Then, just as it looks as if he will still be able to defeat his clueless Republican opponent, he turns in the worst performance any presidential candidate has ever given in a general-election debate, tanking the race and turning the country over to a party of fanatical Ayn Rand acolytes and warmongers.Homeland’s Abu Nazir never dreamed up anything this diabolical.
I know, it’s not very funny. Neither was Barack Obama’s noneffort last night. Nor am I joking about his performance being the worst in the history of presidential debates. In fact, it was the worst debate by any candidate in either the presidential or the vice-presidential debates. And I include Dan Quayle’s performance in 1988, and that poor, befuddled admiral who was running with Ross Perot.
Who would have thought that Barack Obama would come off as the candidate with a hollow core?