It’s a coverup, and when even CNN knows it, you can’t cover it up any longer:
As everyone knows, part of the silly game campaigns play in debate season is to lower expectations. That way, they believe, they can claim a “win” when their candidate does “surprisingly” well.
And the editors of the L.A. Times are doing their part:
The New York Times has also done its part:
Mr. Romney’s team has concluded that debates are about creating moments and has equipped him with a series of zingers that he has memorized and has been practicing on aides since August. His strategy includes luring the president into appearing smug or evasive about his responsibility for the economy.
Mr. Obama is not particularly fluid in sound bites, so his team is aiming for a workmanlike performance like his speech at the Democratic convention. He is looking to show that Mr. Romney would drive the country in an extreme ideological direction at odds with the interests of the middle class.
Let’s translate that. If Obama does not come off particularly well, no big deal — the poor guy just isn’t great with the sound bites. Meanwhile, if Romney gets off a good line, that’s nothing to brag about — after all, they’re all prepackaged “zingers” he’s been practicing forever.
Most importantly: if Obama gets off a “zinger” of his own? That will prove it was spontaneous, and that he is brilliant . . . because, unlike Romney, he hasn’t been practicing these things on his aides.
The “zingers” bit also gives Obama the chance to play Adult in the Room:
“I know folks in the media are speculating already on who’s going to have the best zingers,” Mr. Obama said, suggesting that he would not be supplying them.
See? He gets his talking points straight from the New York Times article. And the poor dear hasn’t had time to practice because of the crushing responsibilities of his office:
As the candidates prepare, the first trick for Mr. Obama is finding time. His rehearsals have started late and ended early because of events like the tumult in the Middle East. He showed up at one practice just after speaking at a ceremony for the four Americans killed in Libya, and aides found that his mind was elsewhere.
“The ability to find solid blocks of time to do nothing but prepare for debate is almost impossible for a president,” said Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director. “The world doesn’t wait for debate prep.”
Awwwwww. How about all those fundraisers? Those have a way of interfering with debate prep — and meeting foreign leaders, too!
Big Media makes me sick. I hope the American public can look past all this utter horse[expletive deleted] and focus on the actual debate.