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  •  I agree with a lot of your thoughts here... (2+ / 0-)
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    Vicky, cato

    but for me the biggest worry is that this was not the first pitch of spring training. To use another sports metaphor, I'll go with Nate Silver's article from a few days ago, that this debate was the opening play of the fourth quarter. Team Romney went into it having played badly and down by at least a touchdown, and they had very low odds of winning and were seen as floundering.

    The debate was in effect a fumbled ball by Obama, and Romney captured it and made a field goal. This has the double hit of lost momentum for our side, and putting the opponent much more within striking distance. It revitalizes the game when we could have locked in a win.

    There's not a good way to spin this. Obama can come back, and I'm sure he's going to give it his all and I know he has it in him. But the problem with waiting for him to come back in the next debate is where the football metaphor breaks down. In many states, voting has already started. The end game is happening now.

    And as such, you would think that President Obama would have gone into this play, well, ready to play. Ready to put it away for the win. Maybe he simply underestimated Romney's ability to pull off what he did, after being a continuous bumbling fool for months, so Obama did not bother with serious preparation. If so that is understandable to a point. And his events in Ohio yesterday were uplifting. I don't think it's over by any means, but it does make the win more of a challenge than we had before.

    •  I don't disagree. (1+ / 0-)
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      CS in AZ

      It was an inexcusable performance, but I'm done rending my garments over it.

      All of Mitt's lies and flip-flops have opened him up to some devastating counter-attacks, some of which we've already seen in new ads and Obama's stump speech - so the campaign isn't waiting for the next debate. It wasn't some brilliant jujitsu plan by the Obama campaign, but they are at least effectively counter-punching now, and I expect a much more combative and prepared Obama in a few weeks.

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