Asked and Answered (Sullivan Edition)
Andrew Sullivan asks: Did Obama Just Throw The Entire Election Away?
I would answer as follows: No.
Was Obama’s performance damaging to him? Yes. Did Romney perform well and re-invigorate his campaign? Yes.
However, regardless of anything else, there are two more debates left (plus the veepy one). I point this out simply based on the following logic: if one debate can move the numbers, then another debate can also move the numbers. This is pretty straight-forward.
Romney may well be able to build on this reaction and gain momentum, but we won’t be able to assess whether the debate was as dramatic a pivot point that Sullivan fears it might be until we have a few more bits of data (including, but not limited to, the aforementioned additional debates).