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October 04, 2012


I also watched the debate unpolluted by Twitter or blogs. One man on that stage seemed presidential last night, and it wasn't Barack Obama. Multiple choice:

  • Mitt ate Obama's lunch.
  • Mitt drank Obama's milkshake.
  • Mitt crushed his enemies, saw them driven before him, and heard the lamentation of their women.
  • All of the above.
How many votes it will change is and will remain unknown. What is known is that Andrew Sullivan and Chris Matthews are on suicide watch. That's satisfaction enough for one night.

Brendan saw the debate as a tie. He takes that view as fact. He then looks for an explanation of why the majority wrongly think Romney won. Brendan explains that "the media has transformed the debate into some sort of landslide victory."

However, focus groups of viewers interviewed real time mostly thought Romney had won. They reached that conclusion before the media had a chance to influence them.

IMHO a better question is why Brendan Nyhan didn't see what truly was a big Romney victory. I think there are two reasons. One is that Brendan tends to share Obama's views. So, Obama's comments made more sense to him than Romney's did.

I suspect that a second reason may be Brendan's academic background. Obama also has an academic background. He tends to talk in a way that's comfortable academics. Although Romney was a superb student, he spent his career in the real world. I suspect Romney's way of talking was less congenial to Brendan than Obama's was.

The Taiwanese animators have a clear-headed view of the debate. Showing the grim reaper standing behind Jim Lehrer seems a little unkind, though.

Mickey Kaus agrees with Brendan that the need for drama is one reason for the way the media covered the debate, although Kaus also considers media bias to be a factor.

That was fast: Before the debate, Mark Halperin said the press corps was itching to write the Romney comeback story. It turns out what they were really itching to write was the Obama-comeback-from-the-Romney-comeback story. You know, something like “How Obama reset his campaign.” … Glenn Thrush of Politico has, in fact, already written it: There’s already a “new narrative.” A “whipsaw transformation.” Obama “was radically different Thursday—not just calm but buoyant, loose, focused.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/06/the-obama-comeback-has-already-come/#ixzz28d3IfvnP

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