Honey, I Shrunk the Presidenthttp://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000087239639044376880457803...Obama's lame performance last night seemed typical to us. We can think of a few occasions in which we've seen the president less flaccid, less dull-brained, less jejune, less shifty, less downcast. But only a few. But these qualities - or, to put it another way, this lack of quality - was harder than usual to miss last night because of the contrast with the highly effectual Romney. One reason it came as such a shock to Obama is that it was the first time in his career that he shared a debate stage with a serious opponent.Think about it: John McCain was feeble. Alan Keyes, whom Obama beat in his 2004 Senate campaign, was crazy. All the Democrats who ran in 2008 were preposterous except Hillary Clinton, and she, as a beneficiary of nepotism, was highly overrated as a politician. He used Chicago-style dirty tricks to dispatch his original opponent in 2004, as well as the state senator he replaced back in the 1990s. The test he failed last night is one to which he had never been put.What we saw last night was the real Obama - a bright but incurious and inexperienced man who four years ago was promoted well beyond his level of competency. The Obama that guys like Matthews and Sullivan expected instead was a character in a fairy tale - a fairy tale written by guys like Matthews and Sullivan... Then the handsome prince killed Osama bin Laden, and the ambassador lived happily ever after.______________________Yeppers. Now during the next debate, which is about foreign policy, Romney needs to hit him hard on his lack of support for the Iran freedom protestors and for sending Churchill's bust back to Britain. --fleg
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