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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Gail Collins, "The Season of Debates": What Happened to Dog-on-the-Roof?

Read Gail Collins's latest New York Times op-ed "The Season of Debates" (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/04/opinion/collins-the-season-of-debates.html). Now read it again. What's missing?

Answer: No mention of Seamus. Collins has sunk into a funk.

From her opinion piece:

"Obama seemed tired or bored, and he fell way behind in the much-anticipated battle of the zingers. The president thinks these debates are ridiculous, and he may well be right. But, truly, it would have been a better idea to keep the thought to himself.

. . . .

If you watched the whole thing, you now know that the president has taken to calling his health care reform law 'Obamacare,' which is really a tad strange.

. . . .

And what are we to make of all this? There wasn’t any car crash.

. . . .

Do debates really matter? The experts say that, barring total disaster, the answer is actually no."

Translation: There was indeed a car crash, and as evidenced by a perspiring Richard Nixon in 1960, debates do matter. Romney wiped the floor with Obama, who, sans teleprompter, appeared petulant and disoriented.

Until now, it had been so much easier for Axelrod to demonize a nonresponsive Republican strawman in 30-second advertising spots.

This race is again wide open.

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