Barack Obama just doesn’t get it. Obama admitted he lost his first debate with Mitt Romney, but still thinks that the election is a basketball game where the facts don’t matter, only who wins and who loses:
“Well it's not the first time I've had a bad night. But I think what's important is the, the fundamentals of what this race is about haven't changed. You know, Governor Romney went to a lotta trouble to try to hide what his positions are … You know, one thing, you know maybe this is because I played a lotta sports when I was a kid, and still do. If you have a bad game, you just move on. You look forward to the next one. And it makes you that much more determined. The difference between this and sports is that the stakes are so high.”
Obama actually thinks that the reason Romney won the debate was because Obama had an off-night, not because Romney defeated him on the issues. Romney’s campaign wasn’t shy about pointing that out; a spokeswoman replied:
“Tonight we heard from President Obama that he believed he had a ‘bad night’ during the first debate, but in reality, he’s had a bad four years and the American people suffered because of it. There is a clear choice in this election between two very different visions for our nation’s future. Governor Romney is offering real reforms for a real recovery, while President Obama will ensure four more years like the last four years. On Election Day, voters will stand with Mitt Romney and endorse his plan for a stronger middle class, which will create 12 million new jobs and deliver rising incomes for hardworking American families.”
The Gallup poll reported 72 percent of viewers said Romney won vs. 20 percent for Obama, the biggest margin of victory Gallup has ever recorded.
To use a basketball analogy, the Obama campaign is going to try a full-court press against Romney/Ryan now. But if you’re slower than the other team, a full-court press leaves you open for easy baskets. And when it comes to the collective IQ of Romney/Ryan vs. Obama/Biden, there’s no question which team is faster on its feet.