"Romney Won the Debate but it Was No Game Change"<quoted text>
Romney Won the Debate but it Was No Game Changer
by Robert Shrum Oct 4, 2012
Yes, CNN’s instant survey showed Romney winning 67 percent to 25 percent; CBS reported a lesser landslide of 46 to 22. But after a few harrowing days for Democrats, something deeper than the numbers game may become clear. Obama actually advanced arguments, and elicited concessions from Romney, that can hold or move constituencies that are key to his success in November.There are signs in the research of Stan Greenberg, a Democrat who in my experience never shies from hard numbers or hard truths, that while Mitt prevailed in this first round, the debate was no game-changer. In a focus group of 45 swing voters,“the dial testing”—which rates the candidates as they speak—“and the follow-up discussions showed … Romney … improving his personal appeal and a number of important attributes.” But he didn’t crack the fundamental structure of the race:“[H]e mostly consolidated undecided voters who leaned Republican … He did not cut into Obama’s weak support.” There’s a reason for this, a reason that was all but lost in the cacophony of regret and criticism directed at Obama even before the closing statements began. Romney’s strategy of ceaseless deceit—he doesn’t have a $5 trillion tax cut, Obamacare mandates the rationing of health services, and so on across the board—has become a fact-checker’s forest of fabulation. He will pay a price for that in coming days and coming debates. But for the Americans who tuned in, and plainly did decide Romney put on a better show, the more salient point is that the president came across better on the merits of things that matter in their lives—and that will matter in the voting booth. It was almost unnoticed by pundits, but Obama drew dividing lines that can make a decisive difference.(cont.)
I focused on the undecideds reaction scrolling across the bottom of the screen. Women were far more enthusiastic about Obama's positions than Romney's. Romney didn't move many undecided women (if any) into his column.
Not True! I'm changing parties. LOL!