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I can say this since I am 70 years old and I have seen them all.  I clearly remember watching the Kennedy-Nixon debate with my father.  I watched the debate for a second time last night  - with the relaxed critical eye that came from knowing ahead of time what the result was. Although other debates have had their high points - there is nothing to compare with the drama of this debate.  

Consider the scenario:   There were questions about whether Obama was too much of a wimp, did not have the intellectual or personality qualities to handle someone like Romney, or maybe had just become too lazy to prepare.  I am ashamed to admit that I had all of these worries.  I have been so nervous about what was going to happen in this debate that I have not been able to sleep for the last week.  I kept going over all the things that Obama should have said in the first debate.  At most, I hoped for some sort of weak draw.

And then consider the opponent:  this slick billionaire bond salesmen, with no concern for the truth, and willing to say whatever he thinks the audience wants to hear.

My expectations were low.  And then to get this masterful performance. Every word and response pitch perfect.  That cold steel personality that had Romney on his heals from the beginning.  And then the “Please proceed governor” moment!!    If you were writing a Hollywood script – you could not have come up with a more dramatic, or crushing moment.   I am certain that this will be remembered as the greatest debate performance – ever!

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  •  My favorite part (0+ / 0-)

    was the question to Romney on how he would not be like George Bush.  Obama answered it perfectly by stating Romney was more extreme than Bush and why.  This was beautifully done.  Now everyone will think Mitt is worse than Bush.  

    Loved it, too.

  •  As a fellow old timer (0+ / 0-)

    I appreciate your enthusiasm, but I don't think that's really so. He did good, but I've certainly seen better.

    Lloyd Bentsen was simply unforgettable, and Clinton masterfully owned Bush 41 at their Town Hall. And I know it is heretical to say, but I felt Carter really beat up pretty good on Reagan. Heck, I'm not even sure President Obama topped Joe Biden's' week earlier number, to be honest.

    I'm just relieved he got out a good solid win. That's all I asked for, and mission accomplished. No need to make it out as more than it is.

    Rick Perry - the greatest scientist since Galileo!

    by Bobs Telecaster on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 05:47:21 AM PDT

  •  Well, when even George Will admits it's the best (1+ / 0-)
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    debate he's ever seen, and Obama won it, I'd have to go with your analysis, 310helix.

    The fact that Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and the Ku Klux Klan are all voting Republican is all the reason I need to vote straight Democratic

    by ZedMont on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 06:52:25 AM PDT

  •  Brilliance (1+ / 0-)
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    Hohenzollern

    I'm 61.
    It was the best debate ever because of a singular moment…
    that reaffirmed the construct, We Are All Americans…
    Thank You
    P.S. I thought the first debate & SPIN afterwards was astonishingly interesting.
    Today I'm astonished at Brilliance.
    On a different blog someone recommended, if you're (whatever, at 61 allowed to not remember the exact phrase):) don't follow the SPIN afterwards.
    I hesitated because I had followed the first & afterMATH so closely.
    I had some chores to do.
    I spent the next couple hours going over the brilliance.
    Came back to the blogs a couple hours later TOTALLY refreshed.
    Let's GOTV & take this HOME!
    P.S.S. rmoney sure got stale fast.

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