My Quick Take on the 10/22 Debate
I think Romney got what he needed from tonight, while Obama did not, not in the sense of a game changer, any way.
From Nixon-Kennedy, to the Biden smirk, history has demonstrated that when all the facts are checked and statements parsed, optics have as much to do with debate outcomes, as anything else.
If that holds true for tonight, it was a Romney win. He looked upbeat, cool and calm, Obama looked a bit anxious, while also having some good moments. Obama often looked impatient on split screen, as well as occasionally displaying what one might call a certain smallness.
In the end, it may be when the candidates were on split screen and not the one doing the talking that convinces people which man tonight looked more like a president, than an anxious challenger. If that holds on top of the trends we’ve already experienced, I would not be surprised to see undecideds begin to fall to Romney in a reasonably significant manner.
And then there’s MSNBC’s Chuck Todd. I wonder what debate he was watching?
POTUS controlled the tone and tenor of the debate, came armed with a ton of zingers. And Romney simply let him do it.
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) October 23, 2012