Ambinder who has all the memos that are let out informs us

Obama Memo: We’re Really, Really Bad At Debates…

26 Sep 2008 02:12 pm

And John McCain is really good.

If it’s 2pm the day of the debate, it must be an expectations-lowering memo.

Read it all after the jump.

It doesn’t matter. The press will fill in the blanks anyway

Past reviews mentioned



New York Times: Obama’s Debating Skills Are “Uneven” As He Has “A Tendency To Overintellectualize And To Lecture” And “Frequently Rises Above The Mire Of Political Combat When The Battle Calls For Engagement.”

AP: Obama Comes Across As “Lifeless, Aloof, And Windy” During Debates. “For a man known as a powerful speaker, Obama has rarely wowed people in political debates. He can come across as lifeless, aloof and windy.” [AP, 9/20/08]

Fallows: Obama Never Managed To “Receive Big Acclaim After A Debate.” “While Hillary Clinton time and again beat expectations, Obama never managed to put her away or receive big acclaim after a debate.” [The Atlantic, September 2008]

John King Said Democrats Worry That Obama Is To Professorial Or Too Subdued In Debate Settings. John King said on CNN, “While Obama excels at the big event, some democrats worry he’s too professorial or too subdued in debate– style settings like last weekend’s faith forum.” [CNN, 8/22/08]

So, our surrogates in the mediaΒ  wink wink, nudge nudgeΒ  be kind to me, huh?

Sure, Darcy, anything for ya!