What the pundits think: Who won the debate, anyway?
- Sully "He’s flawed; he’s made mistakes; but who hasn’t? If this man, in these times, with this record, against this opposition, does not deserve re-election, then I am simply at a loss for words. I have to believe the American people will see that in time.”
- The Fix ”It was probably inevitable that a real discussion of America’s role in the world wasn’t going to happen amid polling that suggests that voters overwhelmingly care about the economy in this country.”
- Hot Air ”Romney wanted to show the audience not just that he understands Afghanistan, Syria, and Iran, but that he’s unflappable even in a tense situation. Obama wasn’t facing that test so he could afford to be more aggressive, if only to impress his base. Because he was playing offense, I’ll bet that he wins the insta-polls. But that won’t matter; the bottom line is that Romney’s still on track.”
- TPM “Obama seemed comfortable, happy. The visuals told the story. Romney was sweating a lot and looked like he was in pain. Into the second half of the debate Romney’s answers seemed more jumbled and unfocused. There was even that rambling and generally uncontroversial digression on Pakistan. Why? He seemed lost.”
- Politico "Putting his disdain for Romney on vivid display, Obama said his challenger has been ‘all over the map’ on matters of war and peace and pushed back more aggressively than ever on some of Romney’s stock foreign policy attacks.”
And now, your turn. What do you think? And wasn’t Bob Schieffer such a bro?