Sullivan in shock at Obama’s performance

Andrew Sullivan is having a big cry over Obama’s woeful performance in the first debate.

People have been emailing me asking why I am not likewise having a big cry. The answer is simple…I, contrary to what others may say, am not an Obama fanboi and never have been. People mistake my reading of the math of the race as support for Obama…they should not.

I think I would be irresponsible to blindly toe the party line. I don’t do it for New Zealand politics, so why should I blindly do it for American politics.

That said I still think Mitt Romney is a tool, but Obama made him look good in the debate. Romney deserves his bounce. Obama deserves ridicule.

But back to Sullivan and his histrionics. It really is a big gay hissy fit because his boy got spanked. It is silly for commentators to get so into a candidate that they lose objectivity. You won’t see me shedding a tear when John Key makes a screw up as he inevitably will.

Now back to Andrew Sullivan’s ‘cri de coeur’. He thinks that Obama may be throwing the election with his performance which to his mind was inexplicable:

 I’m trying to rally some morale, but I’ve never seen a candidate this late in the game, so far ahead, just throw in the towel in the way Obama did last week – throw away almost every single advantage he had with voters and manage to enable his opponent to seem as if he cares about the middle class as much as Obama does. How do you erase that imprinted first image from public consciousness: a president incapable of making a single argument or even a halfway decent closing statement? And after Romney’s convincing Etch-A-Sketch, convincing because Obama was incapable of exposing it, Romney is now the centrist candidate, even as he is running to head up the most radical party in the modern era.

Sullivan thinks that Obama was underprepared. I agree. Worse I think he was lazy and didn’t do his homework. I have seen candidates here do this when prepping them for selections or elections…if their team are any good then they don’t let them get away with it. They leave the screw ups in the practice sessions. It looks like Obama’s team screwed up and left him ill-prepared and pandered to his laziness.

There is a school of thought too that Obama wants out:

There’s no doubt that he did envision himself as transformational. Almost everything that had happened in his life before becoming president—succeeding at everything, often leaving observers in awe of him—clearly suggested to him that he’d conquer the presidency. He also believed, I think really genuinely believed, that he was and could be a post-partisan figure. He thought this because he wasn’t a product of the ’60s, and he said so explicitly on occasion, noting at one point in 2008 that we didn’t need to “relitigate the ’60s” anymore.

Well, maybe he didn’t. But someone did. Conservatives did, because they believe that’s when it all went sour, and for them, it’s good for business besides. I doubt Obama had ever been hated by anybody in his life. Now, 40 or so million Americans hate him. Must be stunning to him, still.

This is what happens when you surround yourself with sycophants who won’t tell you the truth and then you start believing your own press. I ahve seen it many, many times and only the truly great can combat it.

Others too think Obama may have had enough.

A look at the president’s career shows he has never stayed in a job four years without looking to move on to something better…. Now Obama has been president for nearly four years. Aided by a huge Democratic majority from 2009 to 2011, he achieved some big things — massive stimulus, Obamacare, Dodd-Frank. He even won the Nobel Peace Prize, essentially for showing up.

But he hasn’t achieved, and won’t achieve in four more years, the “fundamental transformation” of American society that he envisioned. And his entire career suggests that by now he should be angling for a bigger, better job.

If it is the case that Obama has bottled his job as president and shown himself up to be a person who lack application to a task then he should be shown the door, even if the new prospect is Mitt Romney.

The math is still difficult for Mitt Romney and maybe, just maybe he has turned the corner. The tossup states have increased again from just 78 to 106 on RealClearPolitics. Obama made life difficult for himself, we will have to wait to see if he can or will fight back.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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