Did we watch the same debate as the pundits?

It was interesting to watch the debate analysis on MSNBC and Fox, but we came away wondering whether we watched the same debate. Fox was ecstatic about this and that in Romney’s performance. We weren’t. He let go of Benghazi. It was a club and Romney didn’t use it to beat his opponent. MSNBC went on about Romney’s flip-flops but seemed very upset about Obama’s performance. They have become unhinged. Not what we saw. Obama was very effective in the first half-hour with five points about Libya and three points about Iran and that Israel is our best friend (repeat 10x).

Interestingly, both candidates circled back to the economy, and like Jim Lehrer, Bob Schieffer left them alone for the most part. Excellent moderating, unlike the other two debates.

So Romney held back, presumably to act presidential, and Obama attacked and was forceful. Obama did a good job in that regard. But the pundits on Fox were ecstatic and those on MSNBC were funereal. Rasmussen explains: “In the 11 swing states, Mitt Romney earns 50% of the vote to Obama‚Äôs 45%…This is now the third time Romney has hit the 50% mark in the combined swing states in the past four days and is the biggest lead either candidate has held in nearly three weeks.” No doubt the internal polling by each candidate confirms this.

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