Two-thirds of people who watched the first presidential debate think that Republican nominee Mitt Romney won the showdown, according to a nationwide poll conducted Wednesday night.
According to a CNN/ORC International survey conducted right after the debate, 67% of debate watchers questioned said that the Republican nominee won the faceoff, with one in four saying that President Barack Obama was victorious.
I have to admit, I was really surprised last night. Not by Obama – he performed about like I expected, but then I didn’t expect much. He’s really not a very good debater. (For that matter he’s not very good at anything.) Hillary beat him repeatedly and his performance against John McCain was really overrated.
But I had fairly low expectations for Romney as well. I was unimpressed with his performances in the primary debates and he’s not a great speechifier either. I basically hoped he would look presidential and not make any mistakes. Like Rocky Balboa I just wanted him to go the distance.
So there I am expecting Clark Kent and Superman showed up instead. Someone forgot to tell Mitt he’s not a good debater. He was in full alpha male mode and he easily dominated the two beta males that shared the stage with him.
As my grandma would say, “Mitt opened a big can o’ whoopass on him.” Even the Obamafluffers at MSNBC admitted it.
But don’t take my word for it, hear what this focus group had to say:
UPDATE: Full debate transcript here.