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So, the 0bama team has decided to blame 0bama's debate loss on John Kerry (who served in Vietnam). At least in part. They have a huge list of excuses. I can certainly understand that, to a point. Kerry (who served in Vietnam) was a horrible, short-sighted choice, which I explained here on the day I found out he was selected for the role. And it isn't like I was the only one here who realized it. The point is, this was entirely predictable. Anyone who thought Kerry (who served in Vietnam) would be a good copy of Romney was a fool. The blame should go to the people who were responsible for choosing John Kerry (who served in Vietnam) as the Romney stand-in. He didn't choose himself. But no, it can't be the 0bama campaign at all.

From reading the reactions from left-wingers and the 0bama campaign, I think they are at great risk for repeating the Gore 2000 model, by overcompensating for a first debate performance. 0bama has doubled down on the "Romney lied" meme. But this actually is what got him in hot water in the first 15 minutes of the first debate. Romney easily swatted away the bogus accusations, and 0bama was left without a response. Now he is continuing on the campaign trail to insist that Romney lied, even though nobody who watched the debate believes that. Still, it helps whip up the base (which is his strategy), because they will apparently believe just about anything. But the more I hear from left-wingers and the 0bama campaign, it sounds like he is preparing to go on the attack in a big way. I say, go for it, but I think that might not be the right strategy. For one, it doesn't look very Presidential. It also doesn't make it look like you have a record to defend. And of course, if your attacks are all lines that only ring true in the hollow left-wing echo chamber, you aren't going to look good in front of a national audience. Maybe this isn't his plan. We'll have to see how desperate he is next week.

From CBS's "This Morning":

Norah O'Donnell: "Some Democrats say [Obama's] campaign needs a wake-up call. Bill Plante is here with that part of the story. Bill, you've been talking to your sources; what are they saying?

Correspondent Bill Plante: "Well Norah, they're simply upset and really outraged. They blame the President's team, first of all, for not preparing him to meet the challenge of an aggressive Mitt Romney. They say that nobody in the room challenged him, including the guy that he was debating with, John Kerry, because, as they say, he wants to be Secretary of State so he's not going to get in the President's face. And Presidents are used to deference; they're not used to people challenging them like that. So they think that the debate prep was terrible, but they also fault the President himself for not understanding that Romney was going to be more aggressive."
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