Romney Wins First Debate
The Weekly Standard’s Mark Hemingway perfectly captured my sense of the first Obama-Romney debate in a single tweet:
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
I say this as someone who thought Al Gore and John Kerry easily won all the debates in 2000 and 2004–and certainly thought Obama beat McCain in 2008. I don’t think it’s likely to radically change the dynamics of the race in the key battleground states. But Romney was cogent and prepared while Obama seemed as if he had been up all night and then told he had a surprise debate.
I live-tweeted the debate and initially offered that maybe Al Gore was Obama’s debate coach. Later, I decided that it was probably Clint Eastwood and that Obama would have been better off sending an empty chair.
My guess is that Obama will rebound to form next time but . . . damn.