Post-Debate Breakdance

Who won?

  • On the surface, it was a slight Obama edge: 43.7% – 39.7% in an average of the snap polls (CBS, CNN, PPP)
  • In the details, Romney won handily: Stronger leader, 49-46 Romney; CBS Economy, 64-34 Romney; CNN Economy, 54-40 Romney; Healthcare 49-46 Romney; Taxes, 51-44 Romney…
  • The focus groups of Fox and MSNBC both swung towards Romney.

Substance

  • Neither offered much of it.
  • Romney, no clear vision besides “I can fix the economy.”
  • Obama, no second term agenda; no defense of the past four years.

Questions

  • Very few “good” questions. A lot of softballs towards Obama – “I voted for you in 2008, persuade me to vote for you now;” the illegal immigration question; the fair pay question for women; the Bush question. Crowley approved these ones for a reason.
  • Most of them seem planted into an audience that barely registered a damn pulse.

Moderator

  • Crowley was awful. She interrupted, she fact-checked WHILE moderating and got that wrong. Romney was right on Libya and she had to come out and say so after the debate.

Best lines – Romney

  • “When we’re talking about math that doesn’t add up, how about $5 trillion of deficits over the last four years. That’s math that doesn’t add up.”
  • “You shouldn’t have to hire a lawyer to figure out how to get into this country legally.”

Best lines – Obama

  • “When he said behind closed doors that 47 percent of the country considers themselves victims who refuse personal responsibility, think about who he was talking about: folks on social security who have worked all their lives; veterans, who sacrificed for this country; students, who are out there trying to hopefully advance their own dreams but also this country’s dreams; soldiers, who are overseas fighting for us right now; people who are working hard every day.”
  • “Gov. Romney was a very successful investor. If somebody came to you, governor, with a plan that said, ‘Here, I want to spend $7 or $8 trillion and we’re going to pay for it but we can’t tell you until maybe after the election how we’re going to do it.’ You wouldn’t have taken such a sketchy deal and neither would you, the American people.”

Other

  • Big Bird, “my pension isn’t as big as yours,” binder full of women are distractions. “Look, a squirrel!” moments for the Dems to distract from the fact that hey, Romney won on substance, especially the economy.

Call it a draw. The needle isn’t moving from this one.

Women who looked like Ruth Bader Gisburg at the focus group.

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