The debate was painful to watch… if you sympathize with Obama…
and Obama has been terrible before… but Romney might have put him off with the out of box flip-flops like “no tax cuts from me”… with a straight face..
How big is the damage in the Swing States.. maybe enough to make problems… in Florida… Virginia.. Iowa…
But let’s see..
And it might be sharp ammo for the two next debates… the inconsistencies between the Romney campaign and his first debate..
But Romney was very strong and professional…Obama weak and fumbling… a bit stern…. and there is a possible cause of concern there.. that a feeble and off-his-game President probably is part of the lack of energy and pace in the economic recovery too….. even if the alternative in November will be a lot worse….
Romney’s Test: Sustaining Momentum From Strong Debate
The GOP nominee has interrupted the narrative that he’s losing. Now he has to keep it that way.
Updated: October 4, 2012 | 6:35 a.m.
October 4, 2012 | 6:00 a.m.
More on the First Debate
DENVER — Republican nominee Mitt Romney hit his stride Wednesday night. Where President Obama was flat, Romney was energetic. He was also prepared, aggressive and at times, persuasive.
But the real challenge starts now.
Time and time again over the course of this campaign, Romney has surged only to step on his own momentum. And with 33 days before Election Day and early voting well underway, Romney has got to massage a solid debate performance into a winning streak.
“There’s zero room for error because he’s already behind,” said Patrick Murphy, a Colorado-based Republican strategist. “It could be end of the Barack Obama momentum or the beginning of Romney momentum.”
It could be. But Romney has got to seize his most pointed attacks from the debate – interrupting the president to remind him “but you’ve been president for four years!” – and hit that message hard, again and again. Romney should keep up the poignant references to ordinary, struggling people – the jobless Dayton woman who “grabbed his arm,” the Denver mother who lost her home, the overtaxed small electronics business owner in St. Louis – as way to diffuse the widely held perception that he’s out of touch with ordinary people. (….)