Bil Browning

How Will Last Night's Debate Shape the Election?

Filed By Bil Browning | October 04, 2012 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama, presidential debate

The pundit class has declared last night's presidential debate a complete and total win for Mitt Romney. MSNBC's Ed Schultz looked like he was going to keel over from a thrombosis while FOX's talking heads almost wet themselves with surprise and excitement.

I'd agree that the Prez just didn't seem to have it together yesterday evening, but I'm not going to get that worked up about it. John Kerry won all three debates with Bush the Second and Mondale stomped Reagan, but neither of them went on to win the big prize. As I asked on Facebook last night, when was the last time you (or anyone you know) decided who to vote for based off a debate?

I've also heard some theories that Obama deliberately played down his performance as a way to lure Romney into being over confident. Next week is the VP debates which will remove all memory of the Denver debacle. The final two showdowns between RMoney and Obama will be shortly before the election. If Obama scores them both, it only solidifies his power position since this debate win by Romney won't shift the entire election in his direction.

So what do you think? What effect with this have on the election? Any?

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