Victor Davis Hanson looks at the debate performance of Barry – and predicts the curve the media will grade his next performance on. Let’s just say it won’t be a tough grade:
Expectations have changed after the greatest audience in the history of presidential debates saw a veritable empty suit — or empty chair — on stage, without a helpful media follow-up question, or a “make no mistake about it” refrain to be had. Over 60 million now expect little at all from their president in the debate, so Obama will benefit from dismal expectations by just showing up as the incumbent and being addressed as “Mr. President.”
Conversely, the curve for Romney will essentially be asymptotic. A near vertical line to infinity.
My own take: If Obama turned his back to the cameras and refused to answer any questions while Romney concisely outlined a real and workable solution to world hunger that grew the economy, dropped tax rates to zero and provided every American with a pony the press will decisively call the debate for Obama.
Which is why you need to watch for yourselves. The media can’t tell you the truth about the last debate without spin, excuses and cover for the 0ne. What makes you think they’ll improve between the last one and the next?