A 'Disaster' for Obama?
Andrew Sullivan thinks so, and Bill Kristol raves about Romney
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2012 10:46 PM CDT
President Barack Obama listens to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Denver.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(Newser) – Here are three quick analyses of tonight's debate that should send Mitt Romney to bed with a smile on his face.

  • "Look: you know how much I love the guy," Andrew Sullivan writes of President Obama at the Daily Beast. "And I can see the logic of some of Obama's meandering, weak, professorial arguments. But this was a disaster for the president for the key people he needs to reach, and his effete, wonkish lectures may have jolted a lot of independents into giving Romney a second look." He looked "bored."

  • "Mitt Romney stood and delivered the best debate performance by a Republican presidential candidate in more than two decades," writes William Kristol at the Weekly Standard. The question is, can he do something with this momentum?
  • “It looked like Mitt Romney wanted to be there and President Obama didn’t want to be there,” Democratic strategist James Carville said on CNN, reports Talking Points Memo. Obama didn't have his “A game.”

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Oct 4, 2012 4:33 PM CDT
Come on America, although Obama was unprepared and looked like an empty suit CNN viewers voted that Romney won 67%-33%. But according to Obama's "FAIR SHARE", Lehrer should have concluded it was a draw (50-50)!
Oct 4, 2012 1:55 PM CDT
All you really had to do to win was state the plain facts. It's not very complicated. Romney's the smarter of the two & he said so.
Oct 4, 2012 12:43 PM CDT
(R) The 2012 ELIZABETH EMKEN of California: Last night's presidential debate, Mitt Romney has impressed American people with his Harvard MBA and his CEO capability to lead American economy and employment to leave the bottom of a indistinct ravine. American people can see through a clear window and get a whole picture of Romney's 4-year presidency and given him a try; at least American people can feel confidence in Romney's goal of economy recovery and more opportunities for employment. Last night's debate, what American people didn't need to see Obama's crystal ball, what Obama told American people how he still wants to bargain American people's fate, but not hope. Obama's next 4 more years of details are messy, so much confusing and fussy. American people feel anxious and perplexed to live with Obama's next 4 more years of hardship.