Tonight’s debate format, being “town hall” style, puts President Obama at an advantage going in; that’s just a fact. He is much more comfortable with people than Mitt Romney, and the President’s policies are part of the fabric of the man, whereas Romney’s are finger-in-the-wind. That being said, the conservative forces are out in full force already giving Romney an out should he blow it tonight.
Laura Ingraham, who conveniently forgets the media lashing Obama took after the first debate, claims:
“I think he’s actually going to get good reviews from his pals in the media if he does a decent job in the debate tonight.”
(Would those be the same “media pals” who expressed disappointment with the President’s first debate performance?) Read something once in awhile Laura, please.) In fairness, Ingraham’s a little bitter of late, as her fellow Wasp and party cheerleader, Ann Coulter, is racking up a lot more media time.
David Limbaugh is physically unable to write or speak the fact that people, even many Conservatives, like this President. He writes (my emphasis):
“As he prepares for the second debate, Obama faces a major dilemma: how to be more aggressive without jeopardizing his alleged likability, the main thing he supposedly has going for him with voters.
…there’s no doubt the atmosphere of the second debate will be much different. Town hall formats usually play to liberals’ and demagogues’ advantage, with fawning audiences applauding every nod toward socialism.
(This guy sooooooo wants to be as famous as his drug addict, serial marrying, viagra dependent, slob of a brother.) A couple of facts are in order here: As NBC notes
President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney will answer questions from so-called “uncommitted” Long Island voters…
The audience of about 100 was recruited by the Gallup Organization, which picked a random sample of Nassau County residents. Each resident was asked a series of questions about voting status and candidate choice.
Uncommitted voters are those who either have no preference for Obama or Romney, or who may have a preference but are not committed and say there is still a chance they could vote for the other person.
Not your typical “fawning audience”. As for the President’s likeability:
“The president’s lead over Romney on “likability” was 22 points in polls conducted the week ending with October 14…”
Human Events claims: “The media desperately wants to write that Obama comeback story.”
Over at Red Alert, they’re pushing the ever-present conspiracy undertones:
“Of course, the townhall format this week can be worked to Obama’s advantage, and no doubt will be. Obama need not be thrown softballs, but he will get questions framed to suit the answers he is likely to have – and he probably won’t be troubled much with questions framed in a confrontational manner.”
Yeah… Conservatives are worried.