As everyone, including the estimable Rachel Maddow, knows, President Obama was awful in the debate the other night. Simply awful. There have been many excuses from “He wanted to look Presidential” to “Jim Lehrer is a right-wing stooge”. I blame the President and his campaign for a fundamental error… His sparring partner in the run up to the debate was none other than John Kerry.
Yes, that’s right. John Kerry. The 2004 Democrat Presidential candidate who failed to beat George W. Bush in the debates that year. The same John Kerry who had trouble fitting in 400 words when 25 would do. This is a guy who speaks in run-on sentences that would make William Faulker blush. This has to be one of the dumbest moves of the Obama campaign since they claimed that a video incited the violence that killed an American diplomat.
Here’s some free advice to the Obama folks… Get a sparring partner who is a good, pit bull-type debater. I’m sure that Ed Rendell or Howard Dean are available. These guys don’t leave meat on a dead animal. They aren’t cerebral (as the President allegedly is), but they will rip him into shreds, which is something that he needs if he expects to not repeat Jimmy Carter’s experience.