"Attacking me is not an agenda," he told Barack last night in the debates.
In the report, he declares in a speech that he can handle the attacks from Barack but "we cannot handle four more years of what he's given us."
I think it's a smart move. "Bitchy" is the term that's being applied to Barack. Ava and C.I. carved that observation out long ago but people are really starting to use that term.
Because it's apt. And accurate. Barack's acting like a little bitch.
From "The only thing worse than the debate itself (Ava and C.I.):"
Some argued on BBC and NPR last night that it [the debate] disappointed because there was too much agreement -- a difference only in tone, NPR's Mara Liasson seemed to believe, for example.
We'd argue it disappointed because how many times can you see a grown man act bitchy? Tired bitchy at that.
"And the 1980s are now calling," Barack said sure he had a soundbyte, "to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the Cold War's been over for 20 years."
Can someone get Spock a humor transplant? How about explaining to him that explaining the 'funny' tanks the 'funny.'
"Ring, ring. Governor Romney, it's for you, the 1980s want their foreign policy back." Keep it short, you get in, you grab the laugh, you get out.
Poor Barack, it's not for lack of trying that he hasn't mastered bitchy.
And that did not play well. Barack's attempts at bitchy? I heard about it all day at the office. Mid-day, everyone had read Ava and C.I.'s piece and were thrilled because there was some hesitancy to apply "bitchy" to Barack. People would speak haltingly. By mid-day, it was said in a matter of fact voice. Or asked -- as in, "When did he become such a little bitch?"
And that really hurts him because he already seems weak and now "bitchy" is applied which is seen as feminine or less than masculine. So it really compounds his image problems.
And, before anyone e-mails, I was asked early this morning if I wanted to participate in the writing. I really wanted to say yes but I heard C.I. when she was on the phone with Wally and Cedric (Cedric's my husband) and knew from her comments that she pretty much knew what to emphasize so I felt like I'd just be along for the ride but getting credit like I was a co-writer. So I said no but it was very sweet of Ava and C.I. to offer.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"