Obama’s Improved Debate Performance: What The Pundits Are Missing

 
It’s not about who wins a debate; it’s about who wins the election.  And this debate, whoever “won,” actually helps Mitt Romney’s election chances a lot more than it helps President Obama’s.
Let the race to over-analyze the debate begin!  What’s that?  Oh, it seems I’m a bit late—instant analysis and spin were already in full force within seconds of the debate’s completion.  Instead, I’ll have to analyze the over-analysis of the debate that blankets today’s news coverage.   Continue reading
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The Surprising Israeli Takeaway From the Presidential Debate

Precisely because Israel-based viewers are less engaged in details of this campaign than voters in America.  They are, therefore, arguably a better reflection of the less-engaged and still-undecided voters in America than the hardened political junkies whose impressions of the candidates were formed long ago.
The first Obama-Romney debate is over, and has been followed by predictable torrents of over-dissection and over-analysis.  So, why add more?  Because reactions in Israel may be surprisingly instructive in projecting the likely impact of this debate on the coming election.  Americans in Israel, as well as native-Israelis, make for an interesting group with which to measure the effect of the debate, especially on the impression made by Governor Romney. Continue reading