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  •  I think there is a lot of whistling (0+ / 0-)

    past the graveyard going on here today.

    That was a devastating performance. It was a game-changer, and Obama has just placed his re-election in jeopardy.

    Now it's Obama who is going to have to perform well at the next debate, or hope for a Romney gaffe between now and then.

    He had a chance to end this, and he didn't just blow that, he reversed it.

    This isn't pundits, this is universal. He made Romney seem like a reasonable alternative.

    This election went to a toss-up IMO.

    •  I just have to disagree (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't think Obama did himself any favors last night but I really don't think this is going to change the dynamics of an election where the undecided portion of the electorate is so small.

      I guess time will tell.

      Barack Obama is not a secret socialist class warrior who wants to redistribute wealth in America. But I'll still vote for him, anyway.

      by looty on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 07:23:02 AM PDT

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      •  I think it opened up (0+ / 0-)

        a relook at Romney and it opened some eyes to Obama.

        I'm not calling it for Romney, the race isn't over, a strong second debate performance by Obama would go a long way to sealing things, but it is a game-changer in that now Romney has a reasonable chance at evening things up now in the short-term.

        I think that IS a change in the dynamic of the election from before.

        •  I think you're wrong. (0+ / 0-)

          I lived through the 1980 debates when Rayguns supposedly scored. And that Nightmare got elected. As a young kid, I watched the Kennedy-Nixon debate w/my parents. Nixon and Rayguns won the election. The reason why?? The so-called 'Fourth Estate'. Nixon came off as a paranoid, and Rayguns came  off as a semi-senile grade B actor. But, that's not what the media reported.

          Inner and Outer Space: the Final Frontiers.

          by orlbucfan on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 04:02:43 PM PDT

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    •  I think there is a lot more OTT doom and gloom (0+ / 0-)

      than whistling past the graveyard.  It wasn't a good debate  performance but it also wasn't a game changer.  There were no condescending sighs like Gore.  There was no flop sweat like Nixon.  It was a lackluster performance but it not anything that will flip the election.  

    •  I wouldn't go that far. (1+ / 0-)
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      It was a really bad performance, but an aggressive campaign of ads highlighting Romney's lies can remedy that.  I hope they're working on that right now.

      “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?” - Sherwood Rowland

      by jrooth on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 07:30:36 AM PDT

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    •  I Somewhat Disagree but (0+ / 0-)

      You are right that Romney won this debate decisively. But now expecations are higher for Romney for the second debate. This is why it was wise for Obama to schedule three debates rather than just one. It would have been a game changer if this debate had been the only debate and was close to election day.

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