The first presidential debate of the 2012 election is over and the consensus from pundits and the online watchers seems to be that Mitt Romney emerged victorious.
We saw people commenting on Twitter that Romney seemed more well-rehearsed and that President Obama seemed to be thinking too much about his answers. NBC’s Chuck Todd says that Obama “wasn’t crisp, seemed to lose his train of thought.” And “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory says that Obama was “decidedly unfeisty.”
Comedian Bill Maher tweets, “Romney won the debate, Obama had the facts on his side, and Lehrer sucked. Next debate, get @SethMacFarlane to host!”
The pundits are theorizing that with Obama’s current lead in the polls, he felt that he didn’t need to go on the attack. But did that allow Romney to take control of the debate?