The Debates: Romeny Camp Seeks to Lower Expectations
Romney campaign advisor Beth Meyers, in a meeting with reporters, asserted that we should expect President Obama to to "go out there and eat Romney's lunch."
"Look, President Obama is just a lot smarter than Governor Romney," Meyers said. "I mean, like, a lot smarter. Seriously. They're not even close."
"Plus," Meyers added, President Obama "knows, like, ten times as much about policy."
"Any time actual knowledge of public or foreign policy is at issue," she said, "President Obama has to be the clear favorite."
Expectations should also be adjusted, she asserted, given that Obama's policies "just make a helluva lot more sense than ours," making them much easier to defend in a debate. "Look, people need to realize that it's going to be a lot easier for Obama to defend, for example, his Medicare policies. I mean, our numbers don't even add up. How are we supposed to defend that?"
"This kind of stuff matters in debates," Meyers added.
Other Romney advisors and surrogates voiced similar thoughts.
Campaign Manager Matt Rhoades described the debates as "No contest."
Columnist George Will predicted "a bloodbath," suggesting that the debates will "make the battle of Agincourt look like a White House Easter-egg hunt."
Prepared comments from strategist Stuart Stevens described Romney as "totally f*cking toast."
"Realistically," Meyers argued, "The American people should be prepared for Governor Romney to flat-out embarrass himself."
"The American people should expect Governor Romney to run off stage in tears after about fifteen minutes, while the President gives a lecture on the role of Pareto efficiency in tax policy and does back flips," Meyers insisted. "Anything less than that should be regarded as a resounding victory for the Republican candidate.
If Romney can convince even one or two people that he won "outside those lackwits at the Corner" and "the Kool Aid-guzzling sycophants on Fox and Friends," she said, it will be constitute a major victory.
"President Obama has brought the country back from the brink of economic disaster, restored our standing in the world, ended the catastrophic war in Iraq, and orchestrated the elimination of Osama bin Laden," Meyers said, adding: "Seriously. What has Romney ever done?"
Expectations and predictions about their future accomplishments, Meyers argued, should be adjusted accordingly.