Mr. Obama does not like debates to begin with, aides have long said, viewing them as media-driven gamesmanship. He did not do all that well in 2008 but benefited from Senator John McCain’s grumpy performances. Mr. Obama made clear to advisers that he was not happy about debating Mr. Romney, whom he views with disdain. It was something to endure, rather than an opportunity, aides said.
I've made this point before. Put aside the weird anti-democratic attitude of Obama, who doesn't like the process of debate and argument and back-and-forth characteristic of democracy since its infancy. What strikes me is the extraordinarily bizarre and frankly insane attitude of hatred Obama and his minions have for Romney. Disagree with his policies, OK. Dislike his agenda, OK. Question his proposals, fine. But "disdain"? Disdain implies hatred and an almost aristocratic looking-down-one's-nose at the unwashed. In the context of 2012 America and Romney, it's an irrational perspective. You can disagree with Romney's politics, but what kind of person "disdains" a man like Romney who, at 65:
- Has had a forty-plus year marriage.
- Has raised successfully five children, all of whom appear to be good and productive citizens.
- Who has a demonstrated history of being extraordinarily generous in his charitable donations.
- Who has an unquestioned history of practicing his religion seriously and going good works.
- Who has a "sterling" business career unmarred by any scandal.
- Who gave up an incredibly lucrative career at Bain Capital to enter public service.