The Town Hall Debate Toss-up

by Ryan on October 17, 2012

in Election 2012,Media,Media Bias,Politics

Last night, President Obama and Governor Romney faced off in their second Presidential debate.  This town hall-style debate format was moderated by CNN’s Candy Crowley and featured questions she selected from Gallup’s idea of “uncommitted voters.“  When it was over both sides seemed to have accomplished their goals:  no sluggish Obama and Romney held serve.

Upon scouring the Internets for a common thread, I sensed this:  Obama won on points, but Romney kept pace.  A CNN snap poll said as much.  Some of that perception was the depth of Obama’s poor performance in the first debate, and some of that perception was warranted.  Romney, like Paul Ryan last week, left too much on the table in my opinion, letting Obama take the edge unnecessarily.  Romney fumbled on Libya, that odd pension exchange, and got into the weeds on immigration, but had the economic and moral high-ground on nearly every  issue.

However, what people were talking about this morning was the moderator, Candy Crowley.  Here’s the tape of the incident in question:

Turns out Crowley was mistaken somewhat, admitting that Romney was “right in the main” on TV this morning.  With so many minute and pronounced factual errors which flow through every debate, one never sees a moderator weigh in so obviously towards one side.  Rush Limbaugh called it “an act of journalistic terror” that would have blown up the career of a journalist if this were another era.  This revelation also makes Obama’s attitude throughout that exchange seem beneath that of a President, and more of a snotty Senator.

All things considered, I think that Romney was best when he was talking about jobs and the economy.  He was knowledgeable, more specific than his opponent, and continued to use the President’s failed record as a hammer.  Obama seemed assertive, somewhat aggressive, condescending at times, and generally kind of annoyed.  He wasn’t lackluster, but he didn’t seem Presidential either.

At the end of the day, this article summed up the debate and where things might be headed.

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