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Who will Obama pick to play Mitt Romney in next debate practice?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:51 pm - October 6, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Congressional Elections

In the wake of Obama’s disastrous debate performance last week, Michael Moore tweeted:  “This is what happens when u pick John Kerry as your debate coach.”

In an e-mail, a reader “bet” that Kerry wouldn’t “be back.”  Who, he wondered, would be next.  Who indeed.

So, use the comments section below to weigh in on this matter.  Who should Obama pick to replace John Kerry and play Mitt Romney in his up coming debate practice sessions?  We could pass your suggestions onto the campaign.

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81 Comments

  1. Maxine Waters – to see if he can keep his temper after being told “to go straight to hell.”

    Comment by Phoebe D — October 6, 2012 @ 4:00 pm - October 6, 2012

  2. He’d have to pick a Republican and I don’t think any of them will cooperate.

    Comment by Catseye — October 6, 2012 @ 4:51 pm - October 6, 2012

  3. Harry Reid. Why not? He’s a Mormon (allegedly), and he claims that Mitt Romney is a liar, which is one of the many, many reasons Obama lost the debate.

    Alternately, Tina Fey.

    Comment by V the K — October 6, 2012 @ 4:55 pm - October 6, 2012

  4. Bill Clinton could provide a good ‘wonk factor’ and perhaps channel his inner Republican for Obama… all those hours with Dick Morris must have been worth something, after all… but I don’t think he’ll want to help Obama that much.

    So… Algore? I’m thinking Obama will want somebody who has actually won an election… after being through the debate process.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 6, 2012 @ 5:14 pm - October 6, 2012

  5. And Algore would be sufficiently desperate for the attention.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 6, 2012 @ 5:14 pm - October 6, 2012

  6. I disagree, ILC, Bill won’t want to do it. He only does things for Obama where he can gain earn adulation for himself from adoring crowds. He ways to be in the limelight and no longer deigns to toil behind the scenes.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — October 6, 2012 @ 5:19 pm - October 6, 2012

  7. No biggie, but I said that I don’t think Bill will want to help Obama.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 6, 2012 @ 5:23 pm - October 6, 2012

  8. Get Big Bird to do it.

    Comment by perturbed — October 6, 2012 @ 5:25 pm - October 6, 2012

  9. (Also FTR, I wasn’t referring to Algore winning in 2000 – which of course, he didn’t – but in ’92 and ’96 with Bill.)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 6, 2012 @ 5:25 pm - October 6, 2012

  10. Oops, ILC, I commented too quickly. Never mind. :-)

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — October 6, 2012 @ 5:29 pm - October 6, 2012

  11. OR… I was unclear ;-)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 6, 2012 @ 5:30 pm - October 6, 2012

  12. He didn’t win the debate: Obama just wasn’t in good shape. Don’t worry

    Comment by kokoen — October 6, 2012 @ 5:40 pm - October 6, 2012

  13. Jenni Granholm, if she is out of meth rehab after her convention speech.

    Comment by V the K — October 6, 2012 @ 6:03 pm - October 6, 2012

  14. Levi!

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 6, 2012 @ 6:13 pm - October 6, 2012

  15. John Tesh.

    Comment by Ignatius — October 6, 2012 @ 6:18 pm - October 6, 2012

  16. Bo, if he hasn’t been served for dinner yet.

    Comment by Iowa Jim — October 6, 2012 @ 6:28 pm - October 6, 2012

  17. The Hon. Joseph R. Biden, Vice-President of the United States of America.

    Comment by heliotrope — October 6, 2012 @ 6:58 pm - October 6, 2012

  18. People you might want to check this out.
    http://hillbuzz.org/prominent-members-of-chicago-black-community-confirm-those-closest-to-obama-know-there-is-no-second-term-coming-42773

    Comment by Catseye — October 6, 2012 @ 8:19 pm - October 6, 2012

  19. Pinocchio, obviously.

    Comment by Mike R. — October 6, 2012 @ 9:21 pm - October 6, 2012

  20. Catseye – I’d love to meet Kevin D. of Hillbuzz someday. (Don’t know that I ever will.) I’m sure I don’t agree with him on every issue – isn’t he a big Hillary booster? – but he sees through Obama, and has lasted through some tough times of the Gay Left sniping at him.

    What’s in the post you linked, seems to be a first-hand report of a lot of fifth-hand rumors. As I keep saying about my own predictions etc…. “We’ll see!” But I agree about Obama setting off the ol’ gaydar… He sets off mine. (I never have bought the idea that he has a genuine sexual interest in Michelle.) As to whether Obama would have “The Slims”… HIV disease is largely controllable through the medical attention a President would get, so if Obama did have it, I wouldn’t expect it to life-threatening or even evident. Still, the post provides some interesting hypotheses as to why Obama might have thrown the debate. I.e. that perhaps He would rather be a post-President, living in security and luxury in Hawaii, travelling the world as He pontificates, perhaps being U.N. Secretary General someday.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 6, 2012 @ 10:51 pm - October 6, 2012

  21. Michael Douglas, as Gordon Gekko. That’s who Obama thinks Romney is anyway.

    I would have loved to see how those debate practices went. Perhaps Kerry actually did a respectable job making the sort of arguments Romney would make, albeit not nearly as good as the real Romney. I’m pretty sure the problem wasn’t with Kerry but Obama. From what I understand, he wasn’t too serious about his debate prep. Maybe it was out of arrogance or maybe he just doesn’t care.

    Comment by chad — October 6, 2012 @ 10:57 pm - October 6, 2012

  22. Schwarzenegger

    Comment by Jeremayakovka — October 6, 2012 @ 11:04 pm - October 6, 2012

  23. Newt Gingrich could volunteer for the gig, and mop the floor so soundly with Obama that Obama would flee the room in tears after about ten minutes. Someone could tape the session, sell it as “Conservative Porn” and Gingrich could retire his campaign debt….and the national debt.

    Comment by jimmy — October 6, 2012 @ 11:32 pm - October 6, 2012

  24. [...] DEFINITELY BIG BIRD: who should Obama pick to practice debate with next time, if Kerry was so ineffective? [...]

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  25. Joe Camel

    Comment by Uncledip — October 6, 2012 @ 11:47 pm - October 6, 2012

  26. An even more-emptier chair.

    Comment by ExurbanKevin — October 6, 2012 @ 11:51 pm - October 6, 2012

  27. President 0bama is fond of telling new hires that he is the smartest person in the room, and that he can do their job better than they can. How can such a fool be coached by anybody? High school coaches everywhere recognize that there is talent, and then there is “coachable” talent. Athletes unwilling to accept coaching only go as far as their natural talent. Since 0bama has been pampered and sheltered, he has already gone way past that.

    Comment by Milwaukee — October 6, 2012 @ 11:53 pm - October 6, 2012

  28. Jon Stewart or Ann Coulter… however, he may suffer such a drubbing that he might not show up, physically as well as mentally.

    Comment by Everett — October 6, 2012 @ 11:55 pm - October 6, 2012

  29. Romney. Obama needs all the practice he can get.

    Comment by lester — October 7, 2012 @ 12:00 am - October 7, 2012

  30. It’s got to be someone young and dynamic. An up and comer in the democrat party who isn’t afraid of Obama..Like..hum….errrr….yeah, I’ve got nothing.

    Comment by Kelly — October 7, 2012 @ 12:03 am - October 7, 2012

  31. Hugo Chavez

    Comment by Barry — October 7, 2012 @ 12:06 am - October 7, 2012

  32. Mr. Burns from The Simpsons.

    He’s the perfect image of what Democrats define as a Republican: a rich, evil, sexist, racist, homophobic smooth-talking liar who exploits the poor. Plus, like that image, he doesn’t really exist.

    Comment by clifford — October 7, 2012 @ 12:12 am - October 7, 2012

  33. Seriously, Sen. Jim Webb. He was a Republican long enough to actually understand the mindset.

    Also, seriously, it’s hopeless. The 0 is too challenged cognitively to compete with Romney. Romney is now living, rent free, in the 0′s mind.

    Let’s hope for a Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield total melt down. Psychotic breakdown.

    Even my wackjob liberal daughter is beginning to have doubts about the 0. Once more and this could be over.

    Comment by PlatoBunker — October 7, 2012 @ 12:15 am - October 7, 2012

  34. Yeah, right. Do you want Obama to lose the debate prep too?

    Comment by boris — October 7, 2012 @ 12:21 am - October 7, 2012

  35. It has to be someone who doesn’t defer to His Oneness. Someone who has a positive image of himself, and isn’t overly impressed by the President.

    I hear that Clint Eastwood is available.

    No? More seriously: David Bois.

    Comment by Kevin — October 7, 2012 @ 12:21 am - October 7, 2012

  36. Clint Eastwood

    Comment by Dave — October 7, 2012 @ 12:24 am - October 7, 2012

  37. How about Snoop Dogg? Think of all the street cred the President could get coming out text time all gangsta rap.

    Comment by Kevin — October 7, 2012 @ 12:24 am - October 7, 2012

  38. No question, the Intellect of the Democrat Party — Uncle Joe Biden.

    Comment by Phelps — October 7, 2012 @ 12:27 am - October 7, 2012

  39. When the Obama team says “Who wants to be my next debate partner?” I hope that Democrats hear “Who wants to be blamed for my next disaster?”

    Comment by Bob McGrail — October 7, 2012 @ 12:31 am - October 7, 2012

  40. Being serious, if I were Obama I’d try to get Barney Frank to do it.

    Comment by Steven Den Beste — October 7, 2012 @ 12:31 am - October 7, 2012

  41. Jon Stewart. Really, he’d be a good choice.

    Comment by john lynch — October 7, 2012 @ 12:37 am - October 7, 2012

  42. Two facing, empty chairs, with a teleprompter behind the curtain.

    Comment by PacRim Jim — October 7, 2012 @ 12:47 am - October 7, 2012

  43. I think Mark Stein could help him … have a nervous breakdown.

    Comment by PSGInfinity — October 7, 2012 @ 12:49 am - October 7, 2012

  44. HULK DEBATE OBAMA! HULK NICER TO OBAMA THAN ROMNEY!

    Comment by HULK — October 7, 2012 @ 12:51 am - October 7, 2012

  45. The one person who he truly respects, listens to and already spends as much time as possible with.

    His golf coach.

    Comment by Bobo from Texas — October 7, 2012 @ 12:59 am - October 7, 2012

  46. Jon Bon Jovi!

    Comment by AZ Mo in NYC — October 7, 2012 @ 1:07 am - October 7, 2012

  47. Mark Levin. If he survives that meeting Romney will seem easy. As the Romans said practice like you fight, fight like you practice.

    Comment by Fred 2 — October 7, 2012 @ 1:13 am - October 7, 2012

  48. Well, what Democrat wants to be honest with Obama about his record? That aint how that game works.

    Comment by Arbysauce — October 7, 2012 @ 1:14 am - October 7, 2012

  49. Dukakis. Or the Nixon zombie.

    Comment by Schrodinger — October 7, 2012 @ 1:20 am - October 7, 2012

  50. Leatherface.

    Complete with chainsaw.

    Comment by JEM — October 7, 2012 @ 1:23 am - October 7, 2012

  51. A serious answer..Warren Buffet

    Comment by The_Basseteer — October 7, 2012 @ 1:31 am - October 7, 2012

  52. If anyone wants a serious answer, it should be someone like Ed Rendell, former governor of PA, who is a down to earth guy and not a Progressive elitist.

    Comment by Mahon — October 7, 2012 @ 1:37 am - October 7, 2012

  53. OT on the question but This SNL parody of MSNBC is pretty hilarious…

    Comment by EBL — October 7, 2012 @ 1:51 am - October 7, 2012

  54. It will be Bill Clinton, to create news, fire up the Dem base and change the narrative.

    Bank on it.

    Comment by Obvious — October 7, 2012 @ 1:56 am - October 7, 2012

  55. A mirror.

    Comment by KT — October 7, 2012 @ 2:28 am - October 7, 2012

  56. Pat Caddell would have him ready for Judgement Day.

    Comment by Neo — October 7, 2012 @ 2:47 am - October 7, 2012

  57. Look Guys, you’re gettin’ this all wrong. Obama’s performance wasn’t half bad. He’s clean and articulate and just had some bad luck. He’ll do great next time with John Kerry coaching – those two make a real swell pair.

    Comment by Joe Biden — October 7, 2012 @ 2:55 am - October 7, 2012

  58. Rev. Wright

    Comment by obama's conscience — October 7, 2012 @ 3:52 am - October 7, 2012

  59. Debbie Gynecological Procedure. She can drill him on all the lies he has to tell. And help him practice keeping his face entirely immobile.

    Comment by Lori Heine — October 7, 2012 @ 5:19 am - October 7, 2012

  60. Oh please let it be Dennis Miller.

    Comment by Joan of Argghh! — October 7, 2012 @ 6:45 am - October 7, 2012

  61. Snoop Dog can whip Obama into shape for his second
    debate with the white nigga.

    Or maybe he’d do better simply to send Snoop Dog to debate
    in his place: the two of them appear to have a similar grasp of
    the issues.

    Comment by Jonathan Silber — October 7, 2012 @ 6:53 am - October 7, 2012

  62. Chris Mathews. According to Chris, if Obama had been watching MSNBC, he would have won the debate.

    Comment by jetty — October 7, 2012 @ 7:46 am - October 7, 2012

  63. KT beat me to it … that reflection would be the only opponent Mr. Obama would consider as a worthy opponent.

    Comment by Ritchie The Riveter — October 7, 2012 @ 7:59 am - October 7, 2012

  64. Charlie Crist. Heh.

    Comment by Rdm — October 7, 2012 @ 8:16 am - October 7, 2012

  65. Actually, please, Chris Matthews …

    Comment by Rdm — October 7, 2012 @ 8:17 am - October 7, 2012

  66. Rahm Emanuel. He knows Obama’s hot buttons … and since he doesn’t work for Obama any more, he might not be afraid to push them. I hope Rahm has so much to keep him busy in Chicago that he doesn’t take the job, though.

    Comment by Herp McDerp — October 7, 2012 @ 8:23 am - October 7, 2012

  67. Cookie Monster

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — October 7, 2012 @ 9:34 am - October 7, 2012

  68. Seriously? Clinton or Lieberman. They’re the only skilled debaters on the Democrat side that can make the Republican case forcefully enough.

    Comment by Marcopohlo — October 7, 2012 @ 9:41 am - October 7, 2012

  69. The obvious answer: Whoever Valerie Jarrette tells him to use.

    Comment by V the K — October 7, 2012 @ 10:09 am - October 7, 2012

  70. The Special Olympics Bowling Team

    Comment by Dave72 — October 7, 2012 @ 10:27 am - October 7, 2012

  71. Thank you President Obama for proving the American Dream is still possible! You have proven that any person with an average intellect, mediocre language skills, and a poor work ethic, can make it to the top by making good career choices. Hooray for The American Dream!

    Comment by Dave72 — October 7, 2012 @ 10:34 am - October 7, 2012

  72. Will Ferrell, I saw him crush James Carville in a debate once. Carville just gave up.

    Comment by rjschwarz — October 7, 2012 @ 10:37 am - October 7, 2012

  73. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The disconnect would keep him on his toes. Or, alternatively, George Soros. In a pinch, he could practice debate with Sandra Fluke.

    Comment by RebeccaH — October 7, 2012 @ 10:50 am - October 7, 2012

  74. Too late now, but for the first debate maybe he should have used former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles.

    Comment by Astro — October 7, 2012 @ 11:07 am - October 7, 2012

  75. [...] Gay Patriot asks the same question: Who will Obama pick to play Mitt Romney in next debate practice? [...]

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  76. Shirley Sherrod

    Stop letting the white man keep us down.

    Comment by Affirmative Action Works — October 7, 2012 @ 11:39 am - October 7, 2012

  77. He’ll be demoralized if he picks Bill Clinton.

    Clinton IS the smooth talker that Obama only thinks he is.

    Comment by gastorgrab — October 7, 2012 @ 11:42 am - October 7, 2012

  78. Foster Brooks.

    Comment by heliotrope — October 7, 2012 @ 2:15 pm - October 7, 2012

  79. I nominate Levi.

    Comment by The_Livewire — October 7, 2012 @ 8:07 pm - October 7, 2012

  80. John Edwards? Aside from the obvious PR hit hiring him would bring, he always was a smooth/slippery character, he’s seen O debate firsthand, and would make a good devil’s advocate.

    Comment by MSDNC — October 8, 2012 @ 11:32 pm - October 8, 2012

  81. The obvious pick is Stephen Colbert.

    Comment by Ramona — October 12, 2012 @ 12:09 pm - October 12, 2012

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