As he suggested last week he might, Obama has decided to cancel the upcoming North Carolina debate. Were he to be brutalized again, it might affect his standing with the superdelegates. I expect this is the last time for a while that we’ll see him anywhere he can’t control the agenda.
Running out the clock makes good sense for Obama, if he can, but there is a downside. This pulls the rug out from underneath his spin that the last debate was a travesty for not focusing on the important issues. Apparently Obama doesn’t think there’s much more to be debated on those issues after all.