Obama did good last night.. and stopped the bleeding from the first debate..
Romney was defaced with the “act of terror” gaffe..
And Obama had a brilliant closing argument..
Here are some other reactions:
Andrew Sullivan: “To my mind, Obama dominated Romney tonight in every single way: in substance, manner, style, and personal appeal. He came back like a lethal, but restrained predator.”
Joshua Green: “I thought Mitt Romney’s second debate was nearly as bad as Barack Obama’s first debate.”
Alex Pareene: “Obama clearly prepared for his Libya response. Romney makes a dumb mistake: Obama says he spoke in the Rose Garden after the attack and called it an act of terror. Romney says “no you didn’t.” Obama says “get the transcript.” Crowley says ‘he did.’ The audience applauds Crowley live fact-checking Romney. Like, twice. They applaud twice. Romney stutters through the rest of his response, and it doesn’t matter what he says: He just got fucking destroyed. By the audience, basically.”
Joe Klein: “Most political debates are like this. There aren’t very many clean wins or losses. The candidates work on the audiences they’ve targeted-women for Obama; small business for Romney-and few minds are changed. The number of minds that are changeable at this point in this race is so miniscule that I can’t guess which candidate did better at influencing the truly undecided-which is why I can’t say who won.”
Josh MarshallL “Romney did well. Obama did better. And increasingly better over the course of the evening.”