One the one hand, I’m glad that President Obama recognizes that he handled the first debate poorly. It’s important that he’s able to learn and change in positive ways. I’m not asking for panic, but for a thoughtful reconsideration of what works and what doesn’t.
What doesn’t work? Obama said this morning that he played it too nice.
OBAMA: I think it’s fair to say I was just too polite, because, you know, it’s hard to sometimes just keep on saying and what you’re saying isn’t true. It gets repetitive.
On the other hand, Mr. President, I’m hoping you’ll forgive my own lack of politeness when I say that, um, pointing out falsehoods is part of your f*cking job. It always will be part of your f*cking job. It’s never going to stop. The other side is never going to agree.
I mean, how many more decades of evidence do you need that the Republicans are not even going to agree on the facts? This is who you are dealing with:
Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) told a church group in Georgia last month that embryology, evolution, and the Big Bang theory were “lies straight from the pit of Hell.”
Oh, and the Republicans placed Representative Broun on the Committee on Science and Technology. How Orwellian does it get?
I’m feeling good that Obama will handle the next debate in a more competent matter, which is all he needed in the first debate — competence. I’m not feeling as good about the second term. How can we avoid a polite Obama who constantly believes that the Republicans are just about to start playing nice? Is that naive optimism just who he is, to the core?