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    Who/What's to Blame for Obama's Poor Debate Performance?

    This poll is a little tongue in cheek, but I also find I'm genuinely curious about what people really think, given what I've heard in the news. I probably should make this an anonymous poll, but I think those are kinda boring, so it'll be public and multiple choice. The choices (minus my little commentaries) will be;

    Obama (not prepared, etc)

    Romney (he didn't show proper respect and/or too aggressive)

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    Screw you, X, Obama did great.

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    Since I believe in personal responsibility....Obama.
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    Re: Who/What's to Blame for Obama's Poor Debate Performance?

    I voted Obama and Romney. Obama because it's his fault, he turned in a poor debate performance, and I doubt the altitude or the moderator had anything to do with it. I voted Romney because I think his strong start in the debate surprised Obama and he never really recovered afterward.
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    Re: Who/What's to Blame for Obama's Poor Debate Performance?

    Two answers: Obama and "other."

    Obama didn't do what he is capable of doing and ought to do as a man who wants a second term and who represents people like me who are voting for him. His performance pretty much solidifies my decision to not contribute to his campaign this time around. He hasn't fought hard enough for his constituency these past 3/4 years and he didn't fight hard enough during the first debate and it, quite frankly, pisses me off. As a result, he deserves most of the blame for not preparing adequately and not adjusting his approach during the debate.

    I also include "other" as partially responsible - though less responsible than Obama. I think that the strategists who prepared him for debate probably failed and misjudged Romney's potential performance. Because of that, they deserve some of the blame. Another part of "other" is that I think the question is, at least, in part inherently flawed because it doesn't qualify what a "poor performance" is. I think Obama performed poorly in terms of not being aggressive/assertive enough and not being responsive enough to Romney. In other words, he failed at giving a **** - which, as I said before, pisses me off. However, I think substance-wise, he performed better than Romney.

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    Re: Who/What's to Blame for Obama's Poor Debate Performance?

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    Two answers: Obama and "other."

    Obama didn't do what he is capable of doing and ought to do as a man who wants a second term and who represents people like me who are voting for him. His performance pretty much solidifies my decision to not contribute to his campaign this time around. He hasn't fought hard enough for his constituency these past 3/4 years and he didn't fight hard enough during the first debate and it, quite frankly, pisses me off. As a result, he deserves most of the blame for not preparing adequately and not adjusting his approach during the debate.

    I also include "other" as partially responsible - though less responsible than Obama. I think that the strategists who prepared him for debate probably failed and misjudged Romney's potential performance. Because of that, they deserve some of the blame. Another part of "other" is that I think the question is, at least, in part inherently flawed because it doesn't qualify what a "poor performance" is. I think Obama performed poorly in terms of not being aggressive/assertive enough and not being responsive enough to Romney. In other words, he failed at giving a **** - which, as I said before, pisses me off. However, I think substance-wise, he performed better than Romney.
    A fair point, but I did try to use wording that characterized the fairly widely accepted narrative that Obama did perform poorly (as opposed to just being intentionally incendiary).

    I do appreciate the honest answers from everyone so far.

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    Re: Who/What's to Blame for Obama's Poor Debate Performance?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    A fair point, but I did try to use wording that characterized the fairly widely accepted narrative that Obama did perform poorly (as opposed to just being intentionally incendiary).

    I do appreciate the honest answers from everyone so far.
    Yeah, I figured that's what you were doing. I just wanted to clarify. I have the same criticism of the narrative as its been represented in much of the media as well, fwiw.

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    Re: Who/What's to Blame for Obama's Poor Debate Performance?

    My own flying experience in the past leads me to believe that it was indeed a disadvantage. Romney was smart to get there in advance.

    Also, the main topic was the economy. Obama is stuck with his own past record and this limits his (promissory) options. Romney is an unknown factor so his promises like "creating 20 million jobs" and "revenue neutral tax cuts" are easier to make.

    No question that Romney out-fantasized Obama in round one. When it comes to social issues, Obama will be able to out-promise Romney.

    They are both pretty much full of **** IMHO.

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    Re: Who/What's to Blame for Obama's Poor Debate Performance?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    This poll is a little tongue in cheek, but I also find I'm genuinely curious about what people really think, given what I've heard in the news. I probably should make this an anonymous poll, but I think those are kinda boring, so it'll be public and multiple choice. The choices (minus my little commentaries) will be;

    Obama (not prepared, etc)

    Romney (he didn't show proper respect and/or too aggressive)

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    Screw you, X, Obama did great.

    Other
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    Re: Who/What's to Blame for Obama's Poor Debate Performance?

    Well strictly on debating terms and keeping your interest Obama failed. Obama clouded the debate with facts, numbers, and a realistic portrayal of the situation. Obamas performance and indeed his campaign is based on the fact that these are complicated matters that call for complicated answers. Romney came on as nearly as moderate as Obama, but had simple nowhere answers that were easy to follow. The debate actually made me ponder--did the GOP seriously think anyone but Romney could have been their candidate this time around and survived that debate? I suspect Paul Ryan will pull similar stunts that Romney did during the VP debate and may even admit he was wrong on Medicare.
    "We’re going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that allow some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. In theory, some of those loopholes were understandable, but in practice they sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying ten percent of his salary, and that’s crazy." -Reagan

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    Re: Who/What's to Blame for Obama's Poor Debate Performance?

    Seems like he underestimated his opponent.

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