There’s also a question of journalistic ethics. Luntz requested that the remarks remain off the record; while a journalist who was in the room verbally agreed to this request, Abbi (who isn’t a journalist) and Mother Jones (who wasn’t present) did not. So are they still bound by it? Does a request to remain off the record amount to a decree, or must it be agreed to? Regardless of where you stand, it’s a fuzzy area. Meanwhile, Luntz has withdrawn a scholarship in his father’s name since the remarks leaked.
Governor Romney is a very skilled debater, so clearly the governor has the advantage.Obama campaign manager Jim Messina • Heaping a modest bit of dirt on the debate abilities of his boss. If this seems on its face like a gaffe, it isn’t — the name of the game in presidential debates over the last several cycles has been lowering expectations. It’s a strategy that worked well for President Bush in both 2000 and 2004, for a simple reason — diminished expectations allow a candidate to seem to shine (or to rise to the occasion) just by doing a competent job. Conversely, the Romney campaign’s strategy at this late date hinges so heavily on scoring knockout blows on the debate stage (it’s no secret that Romney’s been forgoing much campaigning post-convention, ostensibly to focus on debate prep) that they’ve done much the opposite — they want you to think Romney’s going to win. That could end up being true, to be sure, but on sheer poltiical calculus, it’s not a situation any campaign thirsts to be in. source