Snap Debate Assessment
I think that, on balance, it was a fairly banal, if not boring, debate.
I think that Romney exceeded expectations (he sounded informed, made no major gaffes, and sounds fairly centrist).
Obama was fairly lackluster, and therefore did not meet expectations that he would be dynamic.
Also: kudos to Romney for not deploying zingers (or, if he did, I didn’t notice). I would like to think that the whole zinger bit was psyop in the first place.
As such: Romney won and will get some positive media coverage out of the debate.
I will not be surprised if there is some pro-Romney movement in the tracking poll. I do not, however, think this was any kind of game changer.