The First Debate: Reader Reax I

Oct 4 2012 @ 12:25am

Some initial reaction from the in-tray (which is swamped with more than 700 emails since the debate started):

I donated to the Obama campaign just a couple of days ago. Not that I'm changing my mind for November, but can I get my money back? Sheesh.

Another:

Romney is the insurance salesman with the quiet demeanor and the PowerPoint presentation, while Obama is the stammered. The hesitations and pauses are keeping him from presenting his ideas with authority.

Another:

Watching Romney tonight I couldn't help but think of Alec Baldwin's masterful monologue in Glengarry Glen Ross. ABC – Always Be Closing. Romney was closing, making the hard sell. He didn't want the steak knives; he wanted that Cadillac. So he aggressively used dishonest and misleading tactics to make his sale to the public. And he was pretty good at it. Although I don't think the debate was a game changer as much as a cold bucket of water on the Obama. Let's hope that woke up the President and he doesn't let Romney off the hook in the next two debates other wise America will be left with investments in Florida real estate that we can't afford.

Another:

I am an Obama supporter and I think you’re right; Romney is winning. He’s running from his own record and tacking to the center. So he’s running as a moderate. Obama pegged him once by calling him on his changes in tax policy, but that’s a hard argument to make in a debate. So Romney is winning this by not being Romney.

Another:

Obama just wants to play it safe and not be the story tomorrow.

Another:

The story tomorrow is going to be the fact-based world versus Romney's bullshit. Stop being so passion obsessed, Andrew. Most of us live in a fact-based reality.

Another:

This was one of the worst moderated debate I’ve seen.  Lehrer essentially announced a topic like the economy and told them to go have at it.  On Dodd-Frank, he didn’t even explain what Dodd-Frank was.  High information voters know, but others don’t.  So half the time the candidates had to explain what the topic means to them or explain the bill in itself.  That means who ever spoke first would either define it by lying or would have to take time out of their time to explain it.  Obama was phoning it in, so he didn’t correct Romney, and Romney defined what he wanted to talk about.  Lehrer’s questions should have been more specific.  Out of 90 minutes, probably 30 minutes actually was clear substance, the rest was chaos because of Lehrer.

Another:

Worst moderation ever. I love Lehrer, but this is chaos. I don't know that anyone could control ADHD Romney and Obama's rambling obtuseness, but he could at least try. Thank God Romney's creepy/hyper energy has burned off a bit. Obama's so scattered that he's dragging Romney into outer space with him, and he's so wound up that I feel like I'm having a bad trip or something. There's absolutely nothing useful to be gained from this entire debate. What a mess.

More to come in the morning.