• Obama's "Phone It In" Debate Strategy Revealed

    A lot of Democrats are still incensed with President Obama's lackluster showing in last week's debate, but, hey, I get it. The guy was obviously tired! I can only imagine that sending out 50 emails a week begging for the unflagging support of anybody who has ever sent him a $5 donation has got to take something out of you. So, I'm willing to forgive him an election-momentum-changing debate fail every now and again.

    Though, that said, some new reports are leaking out from his campaign that make it sound like maybe Obama didn't walk onto that debate stage quite as prepared as some Democrats would have preferred. Or, like, prepared at all

    [A] Democrat close to the Obama campaign today reveals that the President also did not take his debate preparation seriously, ignored the advice of senior aides and ignored one-liners that had been prepared to wound Romney…

    The Democrat said that Obama's inner circle was dismayed at the 'disaster' and that he believed the central problem was that the President was so disdainful of Romney that he didn't believe he needed to engage with him.

    'President Obama made it clear he wanted to be doing anything else – anything – but debate prep,' the Democrat said. 'He kept breaking off whenever he got the opportunity and never really focused on the event.

    So, Democrats can at least sleep well knowing that the problem is not that their candidate lacks debating skills, as some have suggested.

    It's just that he doesn't really care all that much.

    That's comforting. In a way.

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Debates


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