A Media Meltdown of Epic Proportions

To be blunt, Mitt Romney cleaned President Obama’s clock in the presidential debate Wednesday night. It was such a lopsided victory that 67 percent of debate watchers questioned in a CNN poll gave it to the Republican challenger. But it gets worse for the incumbent Democrat. “No presidential candidate has topped 60% in that question since it was first asked in 1984,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. Yet as bad as the president was, the freak-out by leftists and their media enablers was the stuff of legend. More subtly, the media establishment is busy softening Obama’s failure via absurd excuses and anemic acknowledgement of Romney’s victory, studiously avoiding utterance of terms like “defeat” or “loss.”

Taking the lead was the seismic tantrum of MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who apparently no longer feels the same thrill up his leg he once felt over the president several years ago. “I don’t know what he was doing out there,” said Matthews. “He had his head down, he was enduring the debate rather than fighting it. I don’t know how he let Romney get away with the crap he threw out tonight.” Yet Matthews’ most remarkable quote of the night was the inadvertent admission that MSNBC’s lineup of hosts are little more than shills for the Democratic party. “Where was Obama tonight?! He should watch, well not just Hardball, Rachel [Maddow], he should watch you, he should watch the Reverend Al [Sharpton], he should watch Lawrence [O’Donnell]. He would learn something about this debate,” said Matthews. These folks had their “knives out” for the president’s left-wing policies.

Uncharacteristically, Matthews left it up to MSNBC colleague Ed Schultz to play the race card. “It was just very frustrating to watch a guy lie to the American people and not be counter-punched because we’re afraid he’s going to be called an angry black man,” said Schultz. Schultz was backed up by yet another hack at MSNBC. “Obama has just been subject to the Fox News treatment of Angry Black Man, again,” said “Now with Alex Wagner” panelist Michael Eric Dyson during the next viewing hour.

A couple of tweets by the Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan and HBO’s Bill Maher were equally apoplectic. “How is Obama’s closing so f**king sad, confuse.d lame?” tweeted Sullivan. “He choked. He lost. He may have even lost the election tonight.” Maher joined right in. “i can’t believe i’m saying this, but Obama looks like he DOES need a teleprompter,” opined Maher. Corpulent filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted several disparaging items as well, the highlight of which was blaming Obama’s debate coach for the president’s lackluster effort. “This is what happens when u pick John Kerry as your debate coach,” said Moore.

Blaming moderator Jim Lehrer for Obama’s performance was an integral part of the mix as well. “Regardless of who is winning this debate, Jim Lehrer is losing,” tweeted Dan Abrams of ABC News. “I wondered if we needed a moderator since we had Mitt Romney,” whined Obama campaign manager Stephanie Cutter. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow contended that Romney “spent much of the night battling not just President Obama, but also the moderator of the debate, Jim Lehrer. And Mr. Romney won every exchange,” she added.

And then there were the excuses. “The President had to be the President, and had to be a candidate, and so he didn’t have nearly as much prep time,” said Politico editor Jim Vande Hei. The New York Times echoed that sentiment, noting that “Mr. Obama’s advisers went into the debate recognizing that incumbents often lose their first debate while seeking re-election in part because they have less time to prepare and in part because it is the first time a challenger is onstage as a peer with a president.”  Former Al Gore campaign manager Donna Brazile also jumped on that bandwagon. “Well, he was a little rusty. After four years, he hasn’t been in a one-on-one kind of debate setting in a long time,” she said on Good Morning America, to a bewildered George Stephanopoulos, who himself wondered, “where was the president? Where was the fight?”

Speaking of Al Gore, he should get a prize for the most creative–and bizarre–excuse offered up so far. “I’m going to say something controversial here,” Gore said on Current TV. “Obama arrived in Denver at 2 p.m. today, just a few hours before the debate started. Romney did his debate prep in Denver. When you go to 5,000 feet, and you only have a few hours to adjust, I don’t know …” Co-host Cenk Uygur echoed Gore’s Obama-was-out-of-it idea. “You know what I did? I drank two cups of coffee before coming out here,” he explained.

It took former environmental jobs czar and 9/11 “truther” Van Jones, who thought Romney managed to “out-Obama Obama,” to get to the essential reality. “I think [Obama] took Romney too lightly,” said Jones. “I think he did not expect Romney to throw that kind of heat.”

Top Obama campaign strategist, David Axelrod, isn’t even pretending. In a conference call with reporters he urged them to start making the points the president himself failed to make. “All of you who travel on the road with Governor Romney know that he just a few weeks ago stood up and said we didn’t need any more teachers. Last night he couldn’t be more enthusiastic about teachers and more teachers. And so today, as the day after, I think the question for you [the media], for the American people is really one of character, and whether or not a candidacy that’s so fundamentally rooted in hiding the truth and the facts from the American people and deception, is the basis of trust on which you assign the presidency to a person,” he said. He continued:

So that is what we are going to focus on moving forward. We’re going to hold Governor Romney accountable for the things that he said last night and we’re going to make him justify those claims – as I hope you will make him justify those claims.

These are breath-taking statements from a man whose own candidate has made an unrelenting effort to keep substantial portions of his past completely off-limits from public scrutiny — even as the ever-doting media were more than willing to play along. Furthermore, if Axelrod wishes the media to hold a candidate accountable to the truth, perhaps they should begin by holding Barack Obama accountable for the ever-evolving story surrounding the murders of four Americans in Benghazi or the administration’s numerous investments in failing green companies owned by top Democrat campaign donors or the top-secret security leaks surrounding the Bin Laden execution, or the invocation of executive privilege in the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal — just for starters.

Nonetheless, mainstream media were happy to answer Axelrod’s entreaties. Obama’s Pravda, The New York Times predictably rose to the occasion. Headlining Times coverage of Romney’s domination of the debate and Obama’s disaster was muted at best. There were no hand-ringing analyses of the future of the Obama campaign as there are for essentially every Romney camp mishap; for instance, when video was released a few weeks ago of Romney assailing the “47%” of American voters in Obama’s pocket. In fact, the Times declared war on Romney in an acrimonious post-debate editorial, which seemed to interpret Axelrod’s pleas as direct orders.

The Mitt Romney in the debate, the paper said, “seemed to be fleeing from the one who won the Republican nomination on a hard-right platform of tax cuts, budget slashing and indifference to the suffering of those at the bottom[.]” Romney was the exclusive purveyor of “mendacity.” In turn, Obama’s fault was that “he missed repeated opportunities to challenge Mr. Romney on his falsehoods and turnabouts.” Among Obama’s few other failings noted by the Times included that he “chose to be polite and professorial” and failed to be aggressive.

“Virtually every time Mr. Romney spoke,” the writers bemoaned, “he misrepresented the platform on which he and Paul Ryan are actually running.”

For a paper that excoriated a debate that “quickly sunk into an unenlightening recitation of tired talking points” it is remarkable that its entire screed was virtually identical to Obama campaign talking points issued the next morning. As the President himself said, “I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney. But it couldn’t be Mitt Romney, because the real Mitt Romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. The fellow onstage last night said he didn’t know anything about that.” Yes, the Times dutifully regurgitated this last point as well.

If there was anyone onstage Wednesday night who appeared not to “know anything” about a great many things, it was the president himself. Moreover, he demonstrated a toxic combination of semi-detachment, hesitation and tenuous grasp of specifics in front of 63 million Americans, many of whom in poll after poll, declared Romney the winner.

Yet what scares the leftist media the most, what has driven them into paroxysms of rage and excuse-making, is not the feeble performance of the president in a single debate. It is the nerve-rattling possibility that Obama did not have a bad night. It is the possibility that the real Obama, when stripped of his media filter and teleprompter, is always as small, unprepared, self-conscious, and as lacking in substance as he seemed Wednesday night. And if the president himself is a fraud, despite every media effort to anoint him as a brilliant demigod, then they are equally culpably for maintaining that facade — not only during Obama’s time in the Oval Office, but for most of his political career.

In short, being in-the-tank lapdogs for their Messiah has suddenly acquired a terrifying aspect for the leftist media — one that could get a lot more terrifying in the days leading up to the next debates, and onward to the election. Most people know that an animal is most dangerous when it is wounded. The president and his sycophants were wounded Wednesday night. What they all do going forward to put this president across the finish line in November could be unprecedented in its nastiness as a result.

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  • HeavensToMurgatroyd

    The Buffalo News with their post-debate headline almost made it seem like it was a neck and neck battle.

  • Banastre Tarleton

    Romney DID WIN , but he had to, to stay in the race…..Obama has built up momentum over the last three months that is going to carry him over the finish line …this is too little, too late, for Romney
    Obama looks tired of being President , while Romney looks like he really wants to be President , but is that enough ? ..I doubt it

    • Andy

      Keep your fingers crossed and keep dreaming.

    • PaulRevereNow

      If Obama is tired of being President….then perhaps he shouldn't be.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Obama has built up momentum over the last three months that is going to carry him over the finish line "

      Last 3 months of what calendar year?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Obama looks tired of being President"

      Tired of being challenged. he loves being dictator, not being accountable or challenged in any way. He gets enough of that at home.

      "while Romney looks like he really wants to be President , but is that enough ?"

      If that was the end of the story, it would not be enough. That is not the end of the story, and doesn't even begin to flesh out the relevant facts.

      "I doubt it"

      Pay more attention then.

    • davarino

      Wow, that is insightful analysis. Please give us more : )

      • Tom Sullivan

        I agree. This guy Arnold Ahlert is the best writer I see at the current time. Where has he been? Glad he's here now.

  • PhillipGaley

    Wow! Who wrote this/ What a piece—humor, facts, quotes—we got it all!

    Of course, none of this was a surprise; I mean, for some years, have y'been listening to Obama's clipped consonants and dis-jointed reasoning? Sheesh, . . .

  • garrett

    Suggest all read Dinesh D'Souza's "The Roots of Obama's Rage" before you put pen to your ballet . . .

  • burt

    most of our high school kids could do BHO's job – id est reading on teleprompter articles written by professionals….the difference – privately they wouldn't blatantly lie, like he can…..

    iilii <——————— my middle finger salute to our MSM still in awe,
    on their knees before FuBar Ack Hussein, in an incredibly strange body twist (their heads still deep inside his arshe)

  • Stern

    David Axelrod: "And so today, as the day after, I think the question for you [the media], for the American people is really one of character, and whether or not a candidacy that’s so fundamentally rooted in hiding the truth and the facts from the American people and deception, is the basis of trust on which you assign the presidency to a person."

    And there we have it – an open admission that the media "assign(s) the presidency to a person", from somebody who you think would really know.. Hoo boy.

    • trickyblain

      So, it's reasonable to insert brackets that contain an extra word into a quote, then claim the person actually said that word when he clearly is talking about "the American people"?

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "So, it's reasonable to insert brackets that contain an extra word into a quote,

        What do you suppose the brackets indicate? It's an editing decision and generally subjective.

        " then claim the person actually said that word"

        When did that happen? I see no such claim. The edit indicates a subjective belief in meaning, not a claim of what was said literally.

        "when he clearly is talking about "the American people"?"

        You *might* be right about what he intended to say, but it's not clear to me without more context.

    • Maxie

      ' ". . . the question for you [the media], for the American people is really one of character, and whether or not a candidacy that’s so fundamentally rooted in hiding the truth and the facts from the American people and deception, is the basis of trust on which you assign the presidency to a person.' "

      pure PROJECTION

    • https://www.facebook.com/possumntaters Frank Orlando Wilson

      David knows how to dish out Comintern propaganda and control the press! He is well schooled as is the rest of the "Red Diaper" brigade behind the scenes in the "culturally diverse (muslims and communists) WH army.
      Axelrod's mother, Frank ("mentor" the commie) Davis, Paul Robeson, Valerie Jarret's in-laws, and various 'n sundry "Reds" from FDR's "Red Nest" were all sucking from the same Comintern "straw" in the 30s and 40s. The Chicago Star or, as in-the-know locals called it, the "Red Star"! These Komrads are a finely tuned machine!

  • Joe Get

    My favourite was fatso multi-millionaire marxist Micahel Moore blaming the lighting on Romney's shirt for the advantage. Yep – that'll be it, Mike…

  • pinnie99

    I never fell for BO..I reshearched and read beforee 2008 election. Quite frankly the man sucks. His whole life has been lazy Intimidation racist bull. A loser and abuser of govt.and blacks. He took Marxists ideas and spun them into American life .He bores me .His disgusting bevey of commies-brohoods< bore me. He doesnt represent me …my family or this Nation. His artificial black rambling accent is degrading,pandering and "amusing" .I cannot wait until his ugly face and voice are gone from are W.H. He has made America sick.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ray.burke.982 Ray Burke

      I would like to hitch a ride on your commentary, pinnie. You expressed my sentiments precisely and brilliantly !!!

    • http://1389blog.com 1389AD

      I had him figured out from the get-go, but then, I used to live in Chicago.

  • gman213

    The debate reminded me of the moment in the Wizard of Oz when the curtain was pulled back only to find a cowering shadow of a figure and not the big booming voice of wisdom of an all knowing overseer.

    • http://1389blog.com 1389AD

      In this case, we didn't even see a halfway convincing charlatan … just an empty chair.

  • BS77

    When you watch MSNBC, be prepared to be shocked by the abysmal level of "journalism" from this outlet. C Matthews….something is wrong with this guy….he is very bizarre, even deranged and unrestrained in his outbursts and remarks. MSNBC is for losers.

    • trickyblain

      Ever seen Horowitz on TV?

      • davarino

        Ya, isnt he great?

    • http://1389blog.com 1389AD

      Rumor has it that he could drink Ted Kennedy under the table.

      Just sayin'.

      We oughta call him "Tinkles" instead of "Tingles." I think his Depends are leaking.

  • tagalog

    By all means hold Candidate Romney's feet to the fire on his debate claims.

    While you're at it hold President Obama accountable for his debate claims.

  • wsk

    Okay, we all had our fun. Now lets get back to work. Theres a lot to do.
    Vote Romney!

  • Rifleman

    I bet they made more excuses for obama's performance in this debate than they made for Bush ever. Come to think of it, when did any of these people ever make an excuse for Bush on anything?

    They’re at ludicrous now, by November they’ll be in plaid. Now would be a good time to buy stock in anti-depressants.

  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    "To be blunt, Mitt Romney cleaned President Obama’s clock in the presidential debate Wednesday night"?!!

    What a degenerated nation America became if the article and commentators seriously discuss possible tricks of rhetoric in the debates while one of the debaters is MERELY A THIEF AND FORGER! Yet Romney extends his hand to the THIEF (!), keeps maintaining the taboo on the ugly truth about the thief, and does his dirty business as usual. America has fallen beyond repair. I regret that I live to see this…

  • pyeatte

    I like the excuse of Obama not having enough time to be prepared….he has had four years to be prepared – that is one of the jobs of being President. I think what we saw was the real Obama without a teleprompter.

  • http://tarandfeathersusa.wordpress.com/ Iratus Vulgas

    Let the excuses fly. Real leaders make it go right against all difficulties. This high school student body president may be a seasoned agitator, but he's no leader.

  • Glenn Koons

    The MSM already is charging Romney cheated. LOL Then today, the new labor numbers have not been used accurately. The U6 numbers is really over 12% unemployed. But the MSM will gin up the numbers. No matter the facts, the hate , smears, lies of the MSM and the DNC together look like the old alliance between Pravda and TASS. All anti-Obama voters should double down, get people registered to vote, vote in droves and forget the lies of the MSM and how they will try to discourage all of us with ….say a film two days before the election on killing of Osama. Yikes. Then the Pubs should show '2016' on free TV. My bet is, more would watch that truth than the spin for Obama as Patton.

  • Ghostwriter

    I don't watch MSNBC anyway.

    • davarino

      Oh you ought to, its funny. Its like watching ret@rds trying to make sense of something that doesnt make sense

  • 13thGen

    It's been two days, and I am still waiting for MSNBC to run the videos that they claimed would prove Mitt was lying and flip-flopping.

  • Steve D

    Well, actually Obama had a really good night compared to what's going to happen to him in the next debate.

    • flowerknife_us

      Obama will be rolled into the roadbed.

  • Sunbeam

    Viewing from the side line, I can say that Mr Obama is no simple man to beat. Governor Romney needs wisdom and clarity to beat him. And one thing is that Romney needs consistency to stay focus. He cannot afford to stay off-bound as this might give his opponent chance to bang on his weaknesses and this would spell disaster. Obama looks cool and seem to retrieved back his strength after the debate. Mitt Romney needs a little spirit to drive on.

  • scum

    Wait, did I read this right? Ahlert is attacking a NYT EDITORIAL on the OPINION PAGE for …wait for it… editorializing? Wow.

  • johnpaulkelly2013

    The Obama Romney debate simply revealed what all thinking Americans have known since Obama took office.

    This inept buffoon had a totally fraudulent image that was crafted and spun by the treasonous "Liberal Media".

    But alas, without his teleprompter the world had a look at the real Obama. A smug, narcissistic, over rated, blow hard who despises our Constitution, our Flag, our Military and our Heritage.

    Here's a big prediction for the Liberal Media and Hollywood idiots to choke on; Obama will be even worse in round two of the debates with Romney and in Round three Obama will be revealed to the world as he has a total meltdown.

    Remember this Obama you two faced hypocrite. You have the audacity to claim you are a Christian ( to gain some votes) while you made 35 Major pro-Muslim moves in just the first 18 months of your Presidency and turned a blind eye as Christians and other religious minorities were slaughtered in Egypt, Sudan and other Muslim nations.

    Obama you are the so called Christian who mocked the Bible & Jesus Christ profusely in your "Call to Renewal" speech on June 28th 2006.

    Obama the very God that you mocked has had a 6000 year track record of dealing with great and egotistical leaders like you.

    He removed Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar and others from their thrones and he is about to remove you.

    Just remember this the very God you mocked also declared "Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall."

    When you fall Obama there will not be one single soul who supports you.
    They will abandon you like rats abandon a sinking ship.
    They will abandon you just as you have abandoned your oath to defend the U.S.Constitution and to defend America against all enemies both foreign and domestic.

  • Sam

    I think the second to the last paragraph says it all. For the last eight years, the media failed at it's job. They so wanted Obama that they failed to do even the most basic background check. From the left we hear all about Romney's taxes…. do we hear anything about Obama's qualifications to be President? The "Main Stream Media" supported and enabled an incompetent man into the highest office in the land. We the American people have paid for it. The really sad part; they fail to recognize what they have done. What happened to "Critical Thinking" in the Democratic Party? It's hard to believe Obama supporters are really that blind. One can only imagine what the historians will say about this time in American History. I pray this country survives the coming trials.

  • flowerknife_us

    Watching MSMBC have a meltdown was far more entertaining than the debate. It tells us far more than any poll will about how well Romney really did. One could almost smell the fowled underwear.

  • http://1389blog.com 1389AD

    Why should anybody be surprised at Obama's failure in the debate? He is NEVER able to act like an adult when his handlers aren't there to pull his puppet strings and put words in his mouth via the Teleprompter. Here's Obama, sticking his hand in the face of Mongolia's President Tsakhia Elbegdorj.

    I remember being asked to pose for group photos in kindergarten, first grade, and so forth. We were all told to smile and hold still. Nobody had to tell me to keep my arms down at my sides! I don't remember any of the small children being clueless enough to try to wave at the camera. Not so our POTUS…

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