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The Early Read: Romney Won, and He Will Gain

Pundits across the political spectrum are giving the first debate to the challenger, saying Mitt Romney performed more aggressively than President Obama, who seemed to lack the energy of his opponent.

From Dylan Byers at Politico:

Obama spokesperson Stephanie Cutter took a swipe at moderator Jim Lehrer’s largely passive debate performance tonight, saying the PBS anchor had allowed Mitt Romney to act as the moderator.

“I sometimes wondered if we even needed a moderator because we had Mitt Romney,” Cutter told CNN shortly after the debate.

Cutter’s decision to place blame on Lehrer may signal an acknowledgment by the Obama campaign that the president did not perform as well as his challenger, Mitt Romney — which was the general consensus of the media, including the usually pro-Obama MSNBC. (MSNBC hosts Chris Matthews and Ed Schultz slammed Obama’s performance.)

When one side starts taking swipes at the moderator, you know they think they lost.

A Democratic operative told Ron Fournier of National Journal that focus groups and polling about the debate favored Romney. Liberal comedian Bill Maher joked that Obama needed his teleprompter.

A CNN poll found that 67 percent of those responding said Mitt Romney won, while 25 percent chose Obama.

Romney was remorseless in attacking Obama and gave people at least some idea of what he’d do as president. Obama sounded like a professor trying to put down a class rebellion with a repeat recitation of his most recent lecture.

This one has already been called for Romney. The polls should tighten, at least a little bit. The election probably just went from “leans Obama” to either “tossup” or “leans Romney.”

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44 Responses to The Early Read: Romney Won, and He Will Gain

    • Lehrer was actually decent I thought

      I should be worried about the next debate if there is a panel but I am not-after seeing Romney tonight these debates are a done deal

      I hope it’s enough to push him over the top

      • October 11, 2012
        Vice-Presidential Topic: Foreign and domestic policy
        Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
        Location: Centre College in Danville, Kentucky (Tickets)
        Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
        Participants: Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan
        Moderator: Martha Raddatz (ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent)The debate will cover both foreign and domestic topics and be divided into nine time segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the question.

        October 16, 2012 Topic: Town meeting format including foreign and domestic policy
        Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
        Location: Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York (Tickets)
        Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
        Participants: President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
        Moderator: Candy Crowley (CNN Chief Political Correspondent)The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which citizens will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues. Candidates each will have two minutes to respond, and an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate a discussion. The town meeting participants will be undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization.

        October 22, 2012 Topic: Foreign policy
        Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
        Location: Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida (Tickets)
        Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
        Participants: President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
        Moderator: Bob Schieffer (Host of Face the Nation on CBS)The format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate and will focus on foreign policy.

    • I am so sick of these news people somehow feeling they make the rules and these candidates answer to them–and Lehrer downplayed that attitude–I thought that was proper. It also made it much more interesting.

  1. The impossible just happened. All the cable news channels agree. I had given up hope that facts actually stood for something.

    If there is a measure of how overwhelmingly superior Romney’s performance was tonight, this is surely it.

  2. Keith, polls drive me nuts. I have a black belt in Six Sigma, which is like a masters in business statistics and root cause analysis. I ALWAYS want to see the sample size and breakdown. I’ve seen some of these polls with as much as an 11 point advantage, dems over republicans, and I’m not talking about Chicago or NY, where that would make sense. Zogby use to be good, I haven’t seen any of his polls this year, Rassmussen is good and Purple something is interesting, it just does a 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 breakdown in the sample.

    When you look at some of these polls and get rid of the skewing, Romney is not losing. I’m still predicting he will win VA, OH, MI, WI, CO and FL along with all the expected

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  3. Four years of adoring, fainting audiences and friendly journalists did not prepare MrO for what happened tonight. He should have taken the clue from his grilling at Univision and prepared something, even if all he could muster was a pleasant look on his face.

    MrRomney looked, sounded, and argued like he’s ready to step into the
    Oval Office and get things done.

    I’m not ashamed to say that I took great pleasure in the anguish and hair pulling done by the liberal left at their candidate’s meltdown tonight.
    I might feel bad about that tomorrow, but then again, maybe not.

    • As badly as this little tyrant has treated us, I don’t feel bad at all, srdem. We were cheering after each and every punch Romney scored against Obama. Romney was pummeling him so hard that at one point in the debate Obama said, “Jim, you may wanna move on to another topic.” Obama got his butt whipped by Romney, but like a snake he will strike back. Sarah Palin warned the Obama camp will pull something to try to turn this around, and I think she’s right…

  4. Have some dessert…

    “I don’t know what he was doing out there, he had his head down, he was enduring the debate rather than fighting it,” said Matthews.
    Matthews then said, “Where was Obama tonight?…We have our knives out, we go after the people with the facts. What was he doing tonight? He went in there disarmed. He was like, oh wait, an hour and a half, I think I can get through this thing and I don’t even look at this guy whereas Romney, I love the split screen. Staring at Obama, addressing him, like the prey. He did it just right. I’m coming at an incumbent, I’ve got to beat him, you’ve got to beat the champ. And I’m going to beat him tonight. And I don’t care what this moderator, whatever he thinks he is, because i’m going to ignore him. What was Romney doing? He was winning…five more of these nights, forget it!”

  5. Surprised Stephanie Cutter didn’t blame it on Bush!

    Oh what a difference a debate makes! What was it Obama said yesterday …”What a drag – they’re making me do my homework?” LOLOLOL! Now we know why his academic records are sealed. It’s frightening to know this empty suit has been posing as POTUS for the last 4 years! Tonight’s debacle plus the Behghazi scandal should be enough to send the Obama tribe packing on Jan. 20.
    Hope we can last that long!

    • Girly1, I’m sorry I didn’t see that you had posted your comment about “what a drag” when I posted mine. I should know to read down through all the comments.. This was just such a crazy night, I thought Obama would perform better. It’s stunning to watch the meltdown at MSNBC. LOL

      • AZ Granny – the more we repeat his self-incriminating words, the better! This one phrase is emblematic of his entire Presidency when it comes to actual work – ‘What a drag’! He is a lazy sloth! We need to see his grades!

        • We all know his grades are hidden because he was a very poor student and he was definitely caught unprepared last night. For the past 4 years the media has given Obama a pass, they’ve carried his water, they’ve idolized him but then abandoned him last night when his need was the greatest.

          What a glorious day today is, I finally feel hopeful about our future.

  6. Received tonight at 9:17 p.m. He needs a psychiatric examination!!!

    Friend —

    I hope I made you proud out there explaining the vision we share for this country.

    Now we need to go win this election — the most important thing that will happen tonight is what you do (or don’t do) to help in the little time we have left:

    https://donate.barackobama.com/Tonight

    Thank you,

    Barack

  7. Obama seemed nervous and robotic. I didn’t see the petulance that some saw just a man who knew he was getting whipped.

    I finally was able to buy a Romney hat and long sleeved t-shirt online tonight which I’ll proudly wear to UMASS’ first hockey game. The website was swamped and I wonder what they took in tonight.

    Romney energized the base which is so important. I hadn’t decide to watch until late in the day and I was so excited my husband turned it on too. Initially we felt too depressed about the election to watch. We now are enthusiastic Romney supporters.

    • Granny, don’t let the MSM get to you. Keep the faith. I have mixed emotions on the purpose of trying to demoralize us. For me, it makes me MORE committed and still hopeful for a big R turnout. And, in reverse, I hope it makes the lib-tard base stay home on their lazy butts even more than usual thinkin it is in the bag.
      I think turnout is the key to this thing.

  8. Obama’s performance Wednesday night may have been the most epic collapse since the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

    I almost felt sorry for the man. Almost.

  9. OMG, huge breaking news!! Obummer just signed an Executive Order declaring that the real POTUS, Valerie Jarrett, will be taking his place at the next two debates!

    Ha ha ha ha. Oh, how he wishes he could really do that. Sucks to be Obummer, the empty suit, clueless, full of nothing but BS talk, community agitator.

    Oh, wait…..MORE breaking news. Penny Pritzker just sent out a desperate blast email to all her millionaire buddies absolutely begging for cash to get that Hawaiian house ready for the O’s.

  10. What’s amazing is that for the first time in 4 years, the MSM has had to admit that the emperor has no clothes. What a shock it must have been for them.

  11. I flipped to MSNBC and there was a shot of Matthews, hair mussed, looking like he would cry. I am taking this slow–not counting any chickens… But it was entertaining to watch, I must say!

  12. Jim Lehrer is NEVER getting invited to another Liberal Elite party after not spinning the debate to cover for OFAIL!
    For the next week Candy Crowley will be receiving veiled and not-so-veiled threats to be forever banished to LiberalEliteOutcastIsland if she does not spin the next debate to cover for the Naked Emperor.

  13. Way to go Mitt. Please don’t relax your effort now. Keep up the pressure. Study. Give them hell or give them the truth and they will think it’s hell. Don’t be afraid of the incompetant one. Keep on atacking him on his record and he won’t have any defence. Thanks for how you put the little incompetant one in his place during the first debate. You have my vote.

  14. I thought Leher did fine, and the fact that President Obama had four more minutes of time points out that it was not one sided there. Romney simply performed a lot better, that’s all it was.

    There is a saying in Pro Football: “Let ’em play.” It is how a lot of Postseason games go. The refs aren’t there to win it for someone. They’ll blow the whistle after plays and will call the flagrant violations, but between the whistles they let the teams play. Those teams go to that level, now they need to play the game. President Obama had the responsibility to win on his own, Lehrer was neutral. As he should have been. Mitt Romney was better prepared, kept his head, and dominated on poise, tone, ability and facts. Fifteen minutes in it was clear who was up. President Obama found his feet later in the debate, at least to some degree, but was never able to match Romney through the course of the debate. It is not the fault of Jim Lehrer, any more than the Patriots getting blown out by the Bears in Superbowl XX was the fault of the Refs. The Refs let them play. One side played better. If President Obama was not capable of playing to that standard blaming the official will not help.