I only see this debate hurting the President. If he comes out and destroys it people are going to wonder what the heck was going on in the first debate and which performance is the real Obama. If he comes out and does awful again even more people are going to jump that sinking ship.
Romney will have to same something absurd for Obama to gain any ground I think. [/quote]
No one is going to wonder what happened in the first debate that is against human nature. The “wondering” took place over the past couple of weeks. It’s a brand new show tonight and if Obama hits it out of the part that is the Obama that the weak minded peole who cannot make up their minds will cling to.
Obama has everything to gain tonight based on the low expectations going in, the format and the moderator who adores the chosen one.[/quote]
I don’t know. I think the “weak minded” have made their mind up already. I think the undecided that are actually watching will compare this debate to the first one. [/quote]
If Obama puts in even a passable performance in this debate by comparison to the previous debate he looks good!
That’s why Romney has nothing to gain tonight. He batted Obama around the stage so badly in the first debate he’s bound to not look as good by comparison in this debate. One with 80 people playing town hall participants and Candy (I love Obama in an unnatural way) Crowley as the moderator deciding which questions to ask.
If Obama doesn’t do well in tonights debate he might as well start packing his bags because he is going to lose.
This Debate Is Obama’s To Lose and here’s why:
This is a format that favors Obama, Romney cannot get inside and work him over one on one as he did in the first debate. There are 80 peole in the way.
The moderator is an adoring fan and the questions will be stacked. She will also insert herself into the debate as soon as she sees Romney gaining an edge.
He’s coming off a poor performance so the expectations are low.
I hope everyone understands that the best Romney can do tonight is a perceived draw. There is no way that he can come even close to the performance that he had in the previous debate. There is far too much working against him.
I agree with some of your post, but I disagree that expectations are low. I think that the leadership and intellectually honest members of the democratic party have very high expectations for the President. Higher than the did for the first debate. I would expect the man I’m backing to perform at the highest level otherwise of can I back him?[/quote]
The TV debate game is all about expectations. Each candidate and their backers try to lower the expectation for their particular candidate then when the debate begins and he beats expectations it’s called a win. That is how the game is played. It doesn’t matter how you and I think it’s played that IS how it’s played.
Secondly, Obama did so poorly the first time out the voters have lower expectations of his capabilities. Hence, when he shows up happy upbeat and says a few smart things he has exceeded expectations.
[quote]I also think Romney can still gain ground by beating Obama at his own game. It will be a challenge, but I feel like anytime a candidate is in front of the people there is a chance to gain or lose ground.
Yes, Romney can beat Obama tonight no question. But if he is to do that he has to perform as well or better than he did in the first debate (see expectation game above). He then has to overcome a biased moderator and loaded questions. And if he can do all of that he then needs to have as much face to face time talking down Obama as he did last time. And he has to do that with 80 people between he and Obama.
So if he is able to achieve the near impossible he can look as good as he did in the first debate. Barring all of that Obama will look equal to Romney tonight almost regardless of who really wins.