Reversal of Fortune

by Peter Kirsanow

Prior to last night, Obama was viewed by many as a profoundly formidable debater, a man of peerless rhetorical skills. To appreciate the damage wrought last night to that image, consider four polls in yesterday’s Washington Post on who was expected to win the debate: WaPo/ABC had Obama up 56–29; Pew, Obama up 51–29; Quinnipiac, Obama up 54–27; CNN, Obama up 59–34.

Athletes are taught not to read their own press clippings. Someone should have a word with Obama’s childhood coaches.

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