Progressives are not having a good week.
After a debate “victory” for President Obama, which amounted to simply being caffeinated because the bar was set so low after the first debate, his Libya lies are still haunting him. Yes, moderator Candy Crowley saved his bacon in the moment, but she ended up costing him by forcing a reluctant media to continue to cover the story. He may have won the night, but he lost the week because of it.
Had the president simply taken responsibility for his administration’s security failures, apologized, said it would haunt him and shape his actions from that moment forward to ensure it never happened again, this scandal would be done. But narcissists don’t man-up because they can’t admit they’ve made mistakes.
Instead, we had Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accept responsibility the day before the debate, which forced the man in charge to. Thus, five weeks after the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others, five weeks after lying about denying repeated pleas for more security, five weeks after muddying blame by demonizing an innocent American who made a video – with nowhere else to go and no way to continue to hide behind Hillary’s pantsuit – the president finally took responsibility. Then he lied about having called it a terrorist attack.
That was the story after the debate. So whatever victory he had that night was wiped away by the reality of failed leadership and his callously calling the murder of 4 Americans “not optimal.”
Even debate night, as his media allies did their touchdown dance, polls showed Mitt Romney destroyed the president on every issue.
CNN’s snap poll had Obama with a 46 percent to 39 percent advantage but found people supported Romney’s answers on the issues they cared about most:
On the economy it was Romney, 58-40.
On health care, it was Romney, 49-46.
On taxes, Romney, 51-44.
On the deficit, Romney, 59-36.
If that’s what a debate victory looks like for Obama, may he win them all.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, to build on his “win,” the president and his allies set about trying to mock Romney for this “binders of women” comment. And it backfired.