David Axelrod and “facts” are like Donald Trump and Rosie O’Donnell — they just don’t get along. That’s why it’s so funny that Greasy Axel is telling Romney he’s going to be challenged on the facts at the debate next Wednesday:
The Obama campaign on Friday previewed their plan to hammer Mitt Romney on “facts” during the upcoming presidential debates, at the same time raising the stakes for the GOP nominee’s performance in the first debate Oct. 3.
In a memo that sets out attack strategy heading into the debates, President Obama’s senior adviser, David Axlerod, wrote that “facts will matter” in the debates, suggesting Romney might not be up to the task of getting specific about policy.
“If he doesn’t,” Axelrod wrote, “he will leave the debate no stronger than he arrives.
Axelrod listed reasons why the debate is slanted in Romney’s favor in the memo:
[D]ebates — and particularly the first debate — generally favor challengers. Five out of the last six challengers were perceived to win the first debate against an incumbent president. Most profit from having debated throughout the primary season, as Gov. Romney will. And it is natural for a challenger to gain simply from standing on the stage, toe-to-toe with the incumbent. Finally, the challenger, unencumbered by the responsibilities of being the President, has more time to prepare — a benefit of which Gov. Romney has taken full advantage.
This is rich: “the challenger, unencumbered by the responsibilities of being the President, has more time to prepare”
That’s true… when you’re the challenger, you don’t have to go to intel briefings all the time, whereas the president’s time is consumed by… wait, nevermind.
Here’s Obama’s schedule today — an entire afternoon and evening loaded with fundraising “responsibilities”:
9:45 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
10:15 am || Meets with senior advisers
4:20 pm || Delivers remarks at a fundraiser; Capital Hilton, Washington
6:05 pm || Delivers remarks at a fundraiser; private residence, Washington
8:25 pm || Delivers remarks at a fundraiser; Capital Hilton, Washington
The title of the above story at The Hill is “Obama campaign raises expectations for Romney in first debate.” That’s just a long way around saying what it really is: “Obama campaign lowers expectations for Obama in first debate.”