Joe Biden can't save Barack Obama

The president is blowing it big time — and even a masterful debate performance from his running mate won't be enough to right this ship

Edward Morrissey

The first rule of Debate Club is that you don't talk about Debate Club — especially when you lose in Debate Club as badly as Barack Obama did last week. Mitt Romney stuck to the strategy I outlined last week and succeeded in delivering a masterful performance, but some of that credit goes to the president, who made Romney's job a lot easier with a stunningly poor performance. Not only did Obama make it incredibly easy for Romney to look presidential in their first and most critical meeting on the national debate stage — the Obama campaign couldn't quit talking about it all week.

Within hours, the campaign tried to blame Romney for throwing off Obama with supposed falsehoods — which is a novel case to make for a candidate to be the leader of the free world. If Obama gets stunned into failure by a politician's spin during a debate, how exactly does that build confidence in Obama's ability to face down people like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez?

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Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey has been writing about politics since 2003 in his blog, Captain's Quarters, and now writes for His columns have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, The New York Sun, the Washington Times, and other newspapers. Morrissey has a daily Internet talk show on politics and culture at Hot Air. Since 2004, Morrissey has had a weekend talk radio show in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and often fills in as a guest on Salem Radio Network's nationally-syndicated shows. He lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with his wife, son and daughter-in-law, and his two granddaughters. Morrissey's new book, GOING RED, will be published by Crown Forum on April 5, 2016.