For the first time, tonight, I managed to see an entire debate while it was happening without interruption. To do so I had to go to my office to get a better internet connection.
My overall impression was that Barack Obama did much better than he did last time and that he spoke at much greater length than Mitt Romney.
Romney himself did well nearly all of the time. On points, I think it a tie; on manner and presentation, I thought that Romney came off as the genuine item and that Obama seemed at times a phoney.
On one point, Romney got flustered and did poorly. He should have hammered Obama over Benghazi. He began to; Obama lied; and Candy Crowley waded in to confirm the lie. In the Rose Garden, Obama did not speak of “a terrorist act”; he spoke of an “act of senseless violence.”
I suspect that this lie will come back to haunt Barack Obama. Everyone who has paid attention knows that it was untrue, and that will leave a sour taste in the mouths of many Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents.
My bet is that in the polls Mitt Romney continues to advance. The last debate will be interesting.