NBC (and MSNBC) commentator Chuck Todd, not impressing me in general, said after the debate something like “President Obama acted like someone sitting on a big lead who decided that all he needed to do was play it safe and not say anything catastrophic.” That seems to be the consensus.
But as per my usual advice where Obama is concerned, namely sangfroid, we should remember that there’s a reason for this. Obama is sitting on a big lead, and all he needed to do was play it safe and not say anything catastrophic. Mission. Accomplished.
He’s got this one. Unless his supporters panic. I know that panic seems to be the popular strategy this evening—but I propose not adopting it.
Update: Sam Wang is thinking along the same lines. We need more neuroscientists in this job.