Should of put this up sooner but duty calls. From what I’ve seen of the debate it appears Romney is doing very well indeed.
This is a rolling calamity for Obama. He’s boring, abstract, and less human-seeming than Romney! thebea.st/RdXvE9
— Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish) October 4, 2012
i can’t believe i’m saying this, but Obama looks like he DOES need a teleprompter
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) October 4, 2012
Plain fact is that Romney comes off asmore eager, better informed, upbeat andprepared — more presidential. Obama is static, defensive.
— Howard Fineman (@howardfineman) October 4, 2012
Ed Schultz: “I was absolutely stunned tonight…[Obama] was off his game.”
— Daniel Doherty (@danpdoherty) October 4, 2012
So, in case anyone was still wondering who won… Turn on MSNBC. #RomneyRyan2012
— Kate Hicks (@KateBHicks) October 4, 2012
That wasn’t a debate so much as Mitt Romney just took Obama for a cross country drive strapped to the roof of his car.
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) October 4, 2012
“what was Romney doing? He was WINNING!” – Chris Matthews
— Gerrit Lansing (@lansing) October 4, 2012
CBS News instapoll: 46% said Romney won. 22% said Obama won. 32% said tie. Decisive win for Romney.
— Nancy Cordes (@nancycordes) October 4, 2012
Earlier, many seemed to be longing for Newt as the nominee, to go in for the attack. Romney did it with grace and substance, without looking like a bully. Yes?
Romney gave Republicans a lot of it tonight. He was crisp, clear, and commanding, while President Obama flailed, forgetting to drive home any message in particular. On twitter, liberals were offering Obama a lot of suggestions for what he should be saying–just as conservatives have done for Romney in recent weeks. They know he lost this debate, and lost it soundly. I cannot think of a single exchange Obama won, and even his best lines were curiously flat when delivered. Obama’s strategy, to the extent he had one, seemed to be to make the race a referendum on the challenger. The cost of that strategy, at least as implemented tonight, was that it made Romney look more presidential than the president.
P.S. I said the other day that the press would not allow Romney to be seen as the winner of any debate. I think the only way to make it will be able to make that case after tonight is to say that the debate won’t change the dynamic of the race. The debate itself just doesn’t give much material to anyone inclined to spin for Obama.
Mitt Romney stood and delivered the best debate performance by a Republican presidential candidate in more than two decades. Romney spoke crisply about the next four years as well as the last four years, was detailed in clarifying the choice of paths ahead, and seemed more comfortable, more energetic—and even more presidential—than the incumbent.
Romney comes out of the debate with momentum. Can his campaign turn a very good debate into a true inflection point in the presidential race?