Watching Obama is a lot like watching your team in the Superbowl. Your team has failed to make the big game for years, but at last they have a chance to become champions. You have supported them for years just to have the big one taken away on a bad call. Now for the first time in eight years, your team has a shot at glory. You can hardly wait as you look forward to victory. The game is on.
The Democrats had to win some tough battles to make it to the big game, but the Republicans looked weak and riddled with injuries. Obama had to overcome a grueling season to get here but the Democrats arrived fit and strong. Obama had established an awesome passing game during the preseason. He ran a great ground attack and he looked like a sure winner. He promised some big plays.
Obama took command of the game from the beginning by connecting with long pass to Pelosi who scampered to the fifty yard line. Then he went to the ground game. He handed the ball off to Pelosi who drove for five more yards up the middle. Then he pitched to Reid for a gain of two. The defense stiffened. They blitzed Obama and hit him hard for a loss. He fumbled the ball and the Republicans took over control of the ball. The Republicans drove down the field and kicked a field goal. Score: Democrats - 0; Republicans - 3.
On the next kickoff, Reid tried to run the ball out of the end zone, but he fumbled and the Republicans recovered the ball on the five yard line. The Democrat defense stiffened holding the Republicans to no gain for three downs, but they scored on fourth and goal with their second field goal.
Score: Democrats - 0; Republicans - 6.
The Republicans kicked off, launching the ball into the end zone for a touchback The Democrats took over on their own 20. They kept the ball on the ground driving for short gains. They managed to drive the ball to the red zone after a personal foul by the Republicans, before being stopped on the one yard line where they were forced to settle for a field goal.
Score: Democrats - 3; Republicans - 6.
On the next play Obama passed to Pelosi who picked up seventeen yards and a first down. The Democrats continued to drive down the field. Then, Obama connected to Reid for 60 yards, but Reid was stopped on the six yard line after tripping over his own players. On first and goal, Obama ran an option to Reid who dove into the end zone, but the touchdown was called back for illegal procedure. The Democrats went deep into their playbook when they called he "cornhusker kickback", but Reid was still unable to score. On the final play of the first quarter, Obama dropped back for a short pass into the end zone, but the ball was batted into the air. Brown snatched the ball out of the air for the Republicans and ran the length of the field for a touchdown. The first quarter ended.
Score: Democrats - 3; Republicans - 13.
And so, after one quarter we begin to wonder if the Democrats can win. Their fans are growing nervous and cynical after watching their team get beat up by a much smaller and less talented team. They need something to cheer about, but with each tick of the clock, they grow more pessimistic as the team's chances dim. Obama appears to be off his game. He has been running the wrong plays and he has been unable to execute. In order for the Democrats to win they will have to open up the game and exercise better clock management. The second quarter is just starting and the Democrats are badly beaten up already. They are letting the game slip away from them and their fans are beginning to wonder if their team has what it takes to win.
Grab another beer and some popcorn. This game could get interesting - or it might be over by halftime. If Obama can't execute better, he may have to return that Superstar trophy they gave him at the beginning of the game.