The good news for conservatives is that John Kerry is again playing the role of Mitt Romney in President Obama’s debate preparations, having recovered quickly from being thrown under a bus for not challenging the president enough last time around.

Also involved in debate prep this round is former White House interim communications director Anita Dunn, a professed fan of Mao Zedong and enemy of Fox News. Dunn reportedly is standing in for CNN’s Candy Crowley, who will moderate Tuesday night’s debate.

Politico reports that debate prep is going well for the president and viewers should expect to see a “much more energized” performance this time around.