Just when you begin bragging that your ship is UNSINKABLE, the gods have a way of tipping an iceberg in your path.
For SS OBAMA, what was supposed to be a reelection pleasure cruise just struck an iceberg: Mitt Romney!
In their first Presidential Debate, moderated by Jim Lehrer, the President’s Republican challenger scored a knockout! Perhaps not since Howard Cosell breathlessly cried, “DOWN GOES FRASIER!”, as challenger George Foreman knocked out the Heavy Weight Champion Joe Frazier in the First Round of their title fight; has he pundit-class expressed such shocked and dismayed by an unexpected knockout of their heavily favored champion!
If you wonder how bad it was for a President who seemed often uncomfortable and even somnolent, just listen to the after-action reports from LIBERAL pundits:
“This was a disaster for the President!”, opined Andrew Sullivan, over at the Daily Beast. “Obama looked tired, even bored; he kept looking down; he had no crisp statements of passion or argument; he wasn’t there.”
“It makes me just sick to my stomach!”, snorted Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe show, the morning after.
From fellow MSNBCer, Ed Schultz: “I Was Absolutely Stunned,” Obama Was “Off His Game“. That’s putting it mildly. The last time a prohibitive favorite was this “off his game” was when Napoleon marched off to Waterloo!
Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times (on MSNBC’s Jansing and Co. morning show) was more succinct concerning Obama’s lackluster performance: “He blew it.”
Long-time Clintonista James Carville (“The Ragin Cajun”) was somewhat more colorful in his analysis: “I think he (Obama) was off his game tonight….Mitt Romney came in with a chainsaw“!
The Washington Times Charles Hurt dissected the President’s poor performance harshly:
“Bewildered and lost without his teleprompter, President Obama flailed all around the debate stage last night. He was stuttering, nervous and petulant. It was like he had been called in front of the principal after goofing around for four years and blowing off all his homework”! “Not since Jimmy Carter faced Ronald Reagan has the U.S. presidency been so embarrassingly represented in public. Actually, that’s an insult to JImmy Carter”!
Uber-Progressive Bill Maher, who has put his money where his mouth is by donating a million dollars to a pro-Obama Super PAC, seemed shocked when he twitted the following:
An appalled Chris Matthews had a meltdown; sputtering, “What Was He Doing?? (Obama) had his head down, he was enduring the debate rather than fighting it…What was Romney doing?” Matthews asked. “He was winning.”
Matthews, who claims to get a “tingle in his legs” when Obama speaks, was forced (grudgingly) to compliment the Republican: “(Romney) had a plan, he was going to dominate the time, he was going to be aggressive, he was going to push the moderator around, which he did effectively, he was going to relish the evening, enjoying it… You’ve got to beat the champ”, Matthews muttered.
Beat him he did! Returning to the boxing analogy, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough observed that not since Buster Douglas took down Mike Tyson has the challenger so overturned the expectations of the “nattering class”.
Obama has been knocked down. It remains to be seen if he will get back up again, or if he is down for the count!