Press: Romney Loses Debate; Voters: Romney Wins Debate
I confess to having a queasy feeling about last night's debate -- but to be fair, that's only because of Romney's knockout debate a couple of weeks ago. Last night, Mitt Romney delivered the third best performance of any Republican candidate in a presidential debate in 30+ years.
The best performance was Mitt Romney two weeks ago. The second best was Reagan in 1980. The third best was last night. Not bad.
The press, of course, called it for Obama.
The polls say different. From the excellent Ace of Spades blog: (Have you bookmarked that one? You should.)
CBS Poll: Romney Wins 65-34 on Economy; CNN Poll: Romney Wins 54-40 on Economy, 49-46 on Health Care, 51-44 on Taxes, 59-36 on Deficit, 49-46 on Leadership, All in Favor of Romney
And then there's Frank Luntz's group:
A Frank Luntz focus group made up mostly of former Obama voters say they now support Mitt Romney.
"Forceful, compassionate, presidential," one participant said.
"Confident and realistic," said another.
"Presidential," another told Luntz.
"Enthusiastic," another reacted.
"Our next president," one man said.
"Dynamo, winner," said one more.
"He's lied about everything. He lied to get elected in 2008, that's why I voted for him. I bought his bull. And he's lied about everything, he hasn't come through on anything. And he's been [BSing] the public," one member of the focus group said.
Okay, okay. Who knows if these Luntz focus groups are meaningful? (Frank is a friend of mine, and he's argued very passionately and thoughtfully with me about the usefulness of these things. For my part, I've seen too many of them tell me that "Seinfeld" won't be a hit, but that "Where's That Dawg?" is going to be monster.)
But it's hard not to notice a trend, here. Undecideds -- or, to be more precise, soft Obama voters -- are moving to Romney.
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