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NYT: Obama’s Comeback Centers On Joe Biden

From an irony proof New York Times:

With Biden Up Next to Debate, Obama’s Aides Plot Comeback

By PETER BAKER and TRIP GABRIEL | Sun October 7, 2012

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s campaign is working feverishly to restore its momentum after a lackluster debate performance last week, an effort that began with a conference call 10 minutes before the debate even ended and led to new advertisements, a rewritten stump speech, a carefully timed leak and a reversal of months-old strategy.

The trouble is, it won’t be that easy to rewrite the history of the last four years. Even with the news media doing their best to help them.

Perhaps most important as the president’s team struggles to put his campaign back on track is a renewed effort to win the three remaining debates, starting with Thursday’s face-off between Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Representative Paul D. Ryan.

Imagine how dire things have to be for them to be pinning their hopes on Joe Biden.

Mr. Biden began traveling to a Delaware hotel on Sunday for three days of debate camp.

According to the Weekly Standard, Mr. Biden is taking six days off from the campaign trail to prepare for his debate. Which seems a bit excessive, given that he is one heart beat away from the Presidency.

You would think he would already be up to speed on the issues. But, then again, clearly the President wasn’t.

In any case, we suspect they have pulled Biden off the campaign trail to try to prevent him from making any more outrageous gaffes before the debate.

Under the tutelage of David Axelrod, the president’s chief strategist who is personally overseeing the preparations, Mr. Biden will be counseled on how to avoid Mr. Obama’s mistakes and even correct them with a more aggressive prosecution of the Republican ticket.

Mr. Axelrod makes almost as many gaffes as Biden does whenever he ventures out on the campaign trail. Though, to be fair, he is a much smoother liar on television.

Mr. Axelrod’s involvement highlights the stakes the Obama campaign places on the debate, and Mr. Biden has been reading “Young Guns,” the book co-written by Mr. Ryan, and practicing attack lines that Mr. Obama avoided.

The focus on Mr. Biden comes as the campaign tries to diagnose what went wrong in Denver and what to do about it. Advisers had seen two presidents during practice debates, one who had been listless and passive two nights before and another energetic and aggressive the next night.

It turned out the former was the one who showed up in Denver. He kept looking down and was not using the lines they had practiced assailing Mitt Romney, who kept the president on the defensive and presented a forceful case against his re-election.

"And was not using the lines they had practiced." — Remember how we were told that Ronald Reagan was just an actor who was programmed by his handlers?

For Mr. Obama, it was arguably the lowest point in his campaign for a second term. The campaign’s own focus groups and research indicated that he lost. Mr. Obama did not fully realize as he walked off the stage just how badly it had gone, but aides said he resolved to step up his game. “He doesn’t brood — he acts,” Mr. Axelrod said. “Whatever the concerns were about yesterday, he wakes up the next day ready to take it on again.”

On the conference call convened by aides in Denver and Chicago even as the candidates were still on stage, there was no debate in the Obama campaign about the debate. None of the advisers fooled themselves into thinking it was anything but a disaster.

And yet they have lied to the American public about the debate without batting an eye.

Instead, they scrambled for ways to recover. They resolved to go after Mr. Romney with a post-debate assault on his truthfulness. Ad makers were ordered to work all night to produce an attack ad. And they would seize on Mr. Romney’s vow to cut financing for Big Bird.

Oh, the irony of these people calling other people liars. But that was all they had. And notice how eagerly the media has cooperated. We have seen nothing but fact-free ‘fact check’ articles claiming Romney lied. And Big Bird is now everywhere.

Which makes it hard to see what does Biden has to worry about when it comes to his debate. If he loses the news media will just say Ryan lied.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, October 8th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “NYT: Obama’s Comeback Centers On Joe Biden”

  1. untrainable says:

    The Sesame street people have already said that Big Bird will do just fine without government funding. So what’s the problem? I love that Big Bird got in there, and I’m glad that the Sesame Street people came out swinging. It just proves that the money the government gives to “Public” television is unnecessary. They said it themselves. I hate to think of PBS having to beg for money even more frequently than they do now, but if there truly is a sector of the population that wants Charlie Rose, and Bill Moyers, then they should be the ones paying for it. Simple.

    If The Oblameless campaign is seriously considering Joe Biden their Ace in the hole for a comeback, then we have nothing to worry about. I predict Joe will open mouth and insert foot at least twice during the debate, and the excuses and explainations, and blame on others will be flying left and right. Next week the Obama campaign will begin to trumpet the lies of Ryan, and they will spin the crux of the comeback back on Barry (and Michelle’s fat ass – per Snoop Dog)

  2. fallingpianos says:

    Big Bird and Obama have at least one thing in common: They’re both yellow.

  3. wirenut says:

    Wow! This is like a brain cancer patient hoping for the tumor. Good luck with that! I guess when it comes to progressive’s, the brain needs to be removed for the cancer to spread.

  4. Anonymoose says:

    A. There’s no need for “analysis,” Obama’s heart just isn’t in it. He’s the kid used to awards for just showing up, getting good jobs because he applied for them, and not having to worry about very much. This is all out of his element, and to fight for something–because you believe in it, because it’s what you want–it’s all alien to him.

    B. Biden is the comeback king? Seriously? It sounds like they’re already writing “O” off and hoping for a miracle. Biden arguably won over Palin in the ’08 debate, but Palin was new to national politics. Ryan has got the gleam in his eye.

    C. Really, what is Biden going to present? What is his big plan? He’s not young, and can’t claim to be an agent of change. He also can’t claim to be a senior statesman–he’s a bumbling fool.

    D. Ryan should win handily, the question is how graciously without appearing like an attack dog or shark–then again maybe that’s what’s needed at this point. The press will be on guard now, trying to spin and inflate Biden anyway they can and tear Ryan up as much as possible, for any truth they can change. I think the public won’t see it as big of a victory as Romney was, and Biden will at least try, but lost on the Obama campaign is nobody pays as much attention to the veep debates.

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