I’ve been mulling President Obama’s abysmal debate performance for the last few days, wondering what was really behind it.
Yes, he was rusty and has been isolated in the Oval Office. And certainly, the president was guilty of complacency, unusually high self-regard and, frankly, disdain for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
But his performance was such a disaster, down to his body language — his “uhs” and “ahs,” constantly scribbling notes and rarely looking at the camera — that it looked not so much like a defeat as a surrender. Read