It’s not just Obama acolytes, to paraphrase George Will’s expression, who are convinced of the power of Obama’s “rhetorical gifts”. The man himself oftentimes seems certain that with just words alone he can change the power of a narrative. And yesterday, in the wake of his disastrous debate, he acted as if his words alone could change people’s minds about the Mitt Romney they saw on stage Wednesday night in Denver.
“Under fire from fellow Democrats,” reports the New York Times,
Mr. Obama came out swinging, accusing Mr. Romney of lying to the American people about his plans for the nation. “I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney,” Mr. Obama told 12,000 supporters during a lakeside rally. “But it couldn’t be Mitt Romney, because the real Mitt Romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy.[**] The fellow onstage last night said he didn’t know anything about that.”
“The vigorous assault on Mr. Romney”, Mark Landler and Peter Baker added, “suggested just how worried Mr. Obama’s campaign has become.” Glenn Reynolds quipped, “I think [Obama would] be better off trying to persuade people that it wasn’t the real Barack Obama we saw” in the debate.
Seem Barack Obama thinks it unfair that Mitt Romney have the opportunity to define himself rather than let the Democrat do it for him.
RELATED: Obama comes out swinging after debate flop, Team Obama goes into emergency-restrategizing mode, Doubling down on the petulance (UPDATE: wherein Jennifer Rubin offers, “In the Obama mindset, because Romney’s actual plans differ from Obama’s stump speech version of those plans, Romney must be a liar.“)
**Obama spokesperson Stephanie “Cutter: Yeah, we’ve been lying about the $5 trillion we said Romney’s lying about“. John Hinderaker has more on what Ms. Cutter said.
UPDATE: Jennifer Rubin links some more insight into Democratic outrage about the world not conforming to their narrative, in particular Romney not comporting himself in manner consistent to their caricature:
Fiction. Democrats are annoyed that the Romney caricature didn’t show up at the debate, so now the real Romney is a “liar”: “What we’ve seen in the wake of the debate is that some on the Left are so wedded to their imaginary right-wingers that when their actual opponents advance positions or make arguments that are different from those imaginary ones they will call those actual opponents fakes and liars. They believed their own caricature of Mitt Romney, and his unwillingness to play into it strikes them as dishonest. Or put another way: Confronted with evidence of their own dishonesty about who Romney is and what he stands for, they call the evidence a lie.”