Dem Debate Meltdown: Stumbling Obama Surrogate Speaks Of 'President Romney'

How resounding was Mitt Romney's rout of Barack Obama tonight?  In the post-debate spin room, a hopelessly muddled Martin O'Malley, Dem guv from Maryland and supposedly an Obama surrogate, wound up referring to "President Romney"! Freudian slip, anyone?

For good measure, pressed by MSNBC's Larry O'Donnell—clearly dismayed by Obama's dismal performance—to suggest what he'd recommend the prez do differently next time, a demoralized O'Malley could only mutter "uh, I don't know."  View the video after the jump.


Watch the face of utter Dem demoralization and defeat.

MARTIN O'MALLEY: So, I don't think there was a game-changer tonight.  The president did handle himself with a much more dignified reserve [translation: listless]. When President, uh, Governor Romney was tested he got kind of testy. And I thought the president maintained his cool throughout [no pulse!]

LARRY O'DONNELL: What about the president's cool and the president's "dignified reserve", as you put it. Do you think he's going to have to change that style going forward in these debates?

O'MALLEY: I, uh, I don't believe so.

O'DONNELL: If you could coach him on the next debate. If you could do ten minutes of coaching with the president on the next debate, based on what you saw tonight, what would you tell him to do differently?

O'MALLEY: Uh, I don't know.

Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.