Obama stunk up the stage, no one is questioning that. Even Seth Meyers on Saturday Night Live had a hard time finding ways to take jabs at Romney’s debate performance. That means Romney did something special in that first debate. So what do you do when your opponent so completely mops the floor with you that your most loyal allies can’t even find a nice thing to say? Accuse your opponent of lying.
In fact, Obama hasn’t just accused Romney of lying. Obama has accused Romney of so completely abandoning his beliefs and principles that Obama didn’t even know how to respond. The spin now is that Obama was so shocked by how far Romney would go to lie about his record that Obama was overcome with moral outrage and simply couldn’t get over it enough to respond or call him out.
That’s right, when Romney said he actually doesn’t want to cut taxes on the rich by $5 trillion and raise taxes on the poor and middle class to pay for it, Obama figured every American out there would know that was an outright lie. When Romney said he wants a healthcare plan that is determined by the states but ensures that people with pre-existing conditions can get coverage, Obama figured he wouldn’t have to respond to such an obvious distortion of the truth. Or perhaps Obama was so disgusted by Romney’s lies that he simply couldn’t stammer out a response.
Obviously that’s a bunch of baloney to try to excuse the worst debate performance since…well maybe ever. Or is it?
Barack Obama is a pretty smart guy, but surely he tunes in to watch his friends in the mainstream media talk glowingly about him and attack Romney. When the Tax Policy Center said that Romney’s tax plan was going to raise taxes on the middle class to pay for a tax break for the rich, Obama may have actually believed them. When Chris Matthews and the left portray the Republican party as some sort of gathering of vampires seeking to suck the life-blood out of the poor and minorities, perhaps Obama began to actually think such wild leftist representations of Republicans must be accurate.
When Obama said that Romney wants to cut taxes by $5 trillion for the rich and raise taxes on the poor and middle class to pay for it, maybe Obama truly believed that was an honest attack. When Obama, who himself cut $716 billion out of Medicare, talked about Romney taking away Medicare for seniors, maybe he thought the charges were accurate. And since the debate, perhaps the leftist media has Obama convinced now that Romney would actually like to put Big Bird in the unemployment line.
Republicans really aren’t evil. We don’t want to raise taxes on the poor. We don’t want to do horrible things to people’s “lady parts” as one Obama internet ad suggested. We don’t want to put blacks back in chains as Biden suggested. Honestly, we don’t want to keep Hispanics out of the country or go to war with every country with a majority Muslim population. Republicans are not racists by nature either.
If Obama doesn’t figure out that the other half of the country isn’t evil, he will look just as lost and bewildered in the next debate too. And in the next debate, if Romney doesn’t admit to being a monster who wants to chain women to the kitchen sink or station troops at churches to stop gay weddings, I’m sure the Obama campaign will try to get more mileage out of the “Romney is a liar” argument to defend his next debate performance.
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