Thursday, October 04, 2012
I missed it, but by all accounts, including a 67-25 CNN poll result, Mitt Romney
trounced Barack Obama in the first Presidential debate last night. It was particularly fun to see leftish Slate admit as much.
Part of the problem was that Obama got on the wrong side of what the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza calls the "fine line between sober/serious and grim/uninterested." He seemed to be taking on the same persona that worked for him in 2008 when he was an untested leader and was eager to prove he was ready for the job. "But now that he has been in the job for four years, Obama's demeanor came across far less well." The Chicago Tribune throws Obama what might be the ultimate insult, describing him as "that guy at the meeting who's surreptitiously checking his email."As icing on the cake, the following speculation by Ann Althouse on the sudden, pre-debate "tightening" of possibly skewed polls, made me smile:
I think they adjust the skew to get the result that suits the propaganda purpose, and they're temporarily making the race look tight to make the debate seem super-important. (That's good for CNN's ratings, so there's a commercial, nonpolitical reason too for poll fakery.) Then they can make a show of breaking the news that Obama got big debate bounce.Oops!