After a surreal debate last night between Obama and Romney, one wonders if the President’s advisers were too complacent in their prep work. Many Democrats now appear panicked, while Romney — emerging from Round One looking like the superior candidate – seems reinvigorated.
But is Obama really down for the count?
In the infamous Rumble and The Jungle bout between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, Ali too looked overwhelmed and over-matched by a formidable George Foreman. Foreman came out of the gate swinging, pummeling and punishing his opponent, as Ali failed to retaliate. But after eight rounds of doling out a world class beating, Foreman succumbed to exhaustion, and Ali unleashed an explosive counter-attack, sealing Foreman’s fate with a technical knockout.
Mitt Romney, much like Foreman, will continue to swing harder and harder in subsequent debates and campaign speeches in hopes of delivering that final body blow to Obama’s re-election bid. Obama may yet summon his inner Ali, but a more likely conclusion — given Romney’s stunningly embarrassing trip across the pond and his horrendous statement about Obama immediately after Ambassador Stevens’ death in Libya — is that Romney will deliver the fatal blow himself.
As Walt Star wrote:
Obama’s performance tonight had nothing to do with putting points on the board.
Obama’s performance tonight was all about letting 50 million Americans watch Mitt Romney’s convincing language speak for itself so that it can be placed directly opposite of Mitt Romney stating the exact opposite of what he said in the debate.