Friday, September 28, 2012

Silly spin

Every election the camps for each side try to downplay their own guy's debate prospects and play up their opponent as a combination of Demosthenes, Cicero, and Abraham Lincoln. It's always ridiculous and totally transparent, but they do it anyway.

Yesterday, the Obama campaign put out this spin about Obama's lack of time to prep for the debating juggernaut that is Mitt Romney.
Meanwhile, less than a week before Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney face-off in Denver, the debate expectations game is in full swing.

Team Obama is laying it on heavy that the president may be the less-prepared candidate because of the demands of his office.

“The President will have a little bit of time to review and practice before the debates, but he has had to balance the management of world events, governing, time out campaigning and will have less time than we anticipated to sharpen and cut down his tendency to give long, substantive answers,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki told ABC News.

To date, Obama has attended a handful of two- to three-hour prep sessions at Democratic National Committee headquarters with Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who is standing in as Romney.

Psaki said that Romney, by contrast, has been preparing like an “Olympic decathlete” with an unprecedented amount of practice.

He started “earlier than any candidate in modern history and running through mock debates five times in 48-hours,” she said.

Obama campaign officials are even putting a spin on the debates as a potential “reset” moment for the race, claiming they won’t be surprised if Romney gets a bounce “just by being on the same stage as the incumbent.”
Oh, please. Does this sort of spin work anymore? Isn't Barack Obama supposed to be one of the most eloquent presidents ever to grace the White House? Isn't he the man who thought that just appearing for Democratic candidates in Virginia, New Jersey, or Massachusetts would sway the electorate and that he could simply appear before the international Olympic Committee and they'd fall over in awe and scramble to award the Olympics to Chicago? Isn't he the man who thought he could give around 100 speeches and improve people's perceptions of Obamacare? And isn't he the man who thinks that his biggest failure of the past four years is that he just didn't tell enough stories?

Oh, wait.

I love this bit about how he's been so busy because he has "to balance the management of world events, governing, time out campaigning." Maybe he could have saved some of the time that he spent on The View, Letterman, or talking to the Pimp with a Limp to trade campaign pitches with John Kerry. Or maybe cut out a few rounds of golf.

And how exactly has he "managed" world events? What event around the world gives off any indication of having been "managed" by Barack Obama. Using that term betrays a typical misconception of many Americans from both parties that the United States is capable of "managing" world events. It would be better if American leaders emulated Lincoln's modest when he said, "I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me."