Andrew Sullivan, the former New Republic editor who is among President Barack Obama’s most rabid supporters in the blogosphere, had a bad feeling at the end of the Oct. 3 debate between his favored candidate and Mitt Romney. With the passage of time, Sullivan’s anxiety hasn’t lessened. If anything, he’s even more rabidly depressed than he was six days ago.
Live-blogging the debate, he wrote at the time that Obama’s closing statement was “sad, confused and lame.”
“He choked,” Sullivan continued. “He lost. He may even have lost the election tonight.”
The release yesterday of a Pew Research Center poll giving Romney a four-percentage-point lead nationally over Obama among likely voters sent Sullivan into additional paroxysms of despair.
Noting that, before the debate, a Pew survey had shown Obama up by eight points, Sullivan termed the new results “devastating, just devastating.”
“Obama’s performance gave Romney a 12-point swing! I repeat: a 12 point swing,” he blogged.
Now, it could be that the Pew sample was a bit off, and that this change in the candidates’ standing is exaggerated. Sullivan also insists that, “I’m trying to see a silver lining,” and that “I’m not giving up.”
Still, he writes, “But when a president self-immolates on live TV, and his opponent shines with lies and smiles, and a record number of people watch, it’s hard to see how a president and his party recover.”
Clearly, it also will be worth watching how — and if — Sullivan recovers should Romney go on to upend Obama.