Slick Willy wrote:Huckleby wrote:Obama won the debate but Romney won the politics.
Romney has played the political game very well. He deserves credit for that even if he isn't getting my vote. Undecided women voters don't care who won this last debate. Romney was in attack mode at the right time and in safe/likeable mode at the right time. Obama was just trying to keep up with the popularity contest. He should have switched his persona from tonight with the Obama from the first debate.
You could almost argue that Obama's "victories" in the 2nd and 3rd debate did as much to hurt him as his loss in the first debate.
Trying to play catch up, all his varnish turned to tarnish.
Romney didn't have to figure out a way to match Barrack in seeming "presidential", Obama just threw off the prestige all by himself. Some of the less sophisticated lefties demanded after the first debate that Obama go into "attack mode", I can't believe he and Joe Biden obliged.
Functionally, Romney didn't have to try to elevate his status because Obama did the work for him. Romney didn't need to win points after the first debate, he just needed to come off as an acceptable alternative to the president. By all accounts he did, and no one helped him more than the current president and vice president.
Mystifyingly, Barack took the advice of Chris Matthews and company... It's been a surreal thing to witness, to say the least.
Strategically, Romney simply wrapped himself around a lot of the president's best foreign policy strengths; one might say "point, Obama," but tactically that's point Romney; he clarified the differences that helped him and basically absorbed the differences that helped Obama, and really came off looking better in a lot of cases.