10.40 pm. 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. He was able to defend his own record, think swiftly on his feet, and his Benghazi answer was superb. He behaved like a president. He owned the presidency. And Romney? Well, he has no answers on the math question and was exposed. He was vulnerable on every social issue, especially immigration. And he had no real answer to the question of how he’d be different than George W Bush.
I’m excitable - but sometimes politics is about emotion as well as reason. And my view is that Obama halted Romney’s momentum in its tracks and his performance will bring women voters in particular flooding back. He’s just more persuasive. On watching with the sound off - apart from weird gaps in the CSPAN coverage - Obama did not grin like Biden; he smiled confidently, leaning forward. Within twenty minutes, Romney looked flush and a little schvitzy.
Game, set and match to Obama. He got it; he fought back; he gave us all more than ample reason to carry on the fight.
10.39 pm. That was the best answer of the night and for Obama to tackle the 47 percent question as powerfully as he did at the end was brutal.
10.36 pm. Romney’s answer to the easiest question imaginable was so sad. He was boasting of universal healthcare as a sign of his compassion. So why does he oppose so vehemently Obamacare? Shouldn’t that speak well of Obama by Romney’s own argument. He also failed to offer a single anecdote of his own personal life.
10.31 pm. Obama’s actual answer to the China question - some jobs aren’t coming back - was as honest as his prescription is obvious, with respect to education. He has won every single exchange in this debate; and he has also appeared calmer and more authoritative.