Originally Posted by ChuteTheMall
Obama will attempt to do a Mitt Romney impersonation, thinking that will help him "win."
He will blurt out carefully scripted punchlines, while ignoring or bullying the moderator, but he won't get away with it, because it will look clumsy, arrogant, contrived, and insincere because he lacks basic leadership skills.
He'll pretend to look Mitt in the eye, but will really focus on his ear or something.
He'll try to make some jokes, but this ain't the Dave Letterman show and he ain't Jerry Seinfeld. Major fail.
Then for the grand finale, Obama will freak out and repeatedly bow to Mecca while chanting Allahu Akbar but the networks will cut to some weather update.
I agree with this assessment.
Successfully playing offense on a debate requires a great deal more knowledge, composure and verbal agility than does playing defense. If Obama can't do much more than recite the standard Democrat talking points (for which Romney will no doubt be prepared), all his "attacks" will do is set him up for scathing rebuttals that can potentially make him look like a complete ass. To move away from those talking points and start engaging in attacks on the fly requires an in-depth understanding of the issues under discussion as well as a relaxed and completely confident command of unscripted speaking. Without such a confident and relaxed demeanor, you just come off as loud-mouthed and insecure. Obama has NEVER demonstrated any such confidence or verbal agility without a teleprompter.