Mr Obama’s poor showing simply could not be the result of his poor showing.
Instead, it had to be other influences: sunspots, tidal pull, the Coriolis Effect, the nasty altitude in Denver and, of course, Jim Lehrer.
Mr Lehrer responded to the mass excoriation:
I thought the format accomplished its purpose, which was to facilitate direct, extended exchanges between the candidates about issues of substance. Part of my moderator mission was to stay out of the way of the flow and I had no problems with doing so. My only real personal frustration was discovering that ninety minutes was not enough time in that more open format to cover every issue that deserved attention.
I have to agree. One important duty of a moderator is to “get out of the way” of the candidates.
That said, the Obama Handlers have decided it’s time to get back in Chicago-Style Politics As Usual. No shock there.