Armchair Quarterbacking: The Debate Edition – Who Won?

Disclaimer: I can’t answer my own question… at least not yet.

Last night, I watched the “pre-debate warm ups” on a variety of channels before jumping in my car and heading to a local parish to give a talk to an assembled group on the topic of Advent. We’ll talk later about how ironic it felt to be discussing my favorite liturgical season when the thermometer here in Fresno read 85 degrees…

I had every intention of finishing up, jumping in my car, and coming home to watch a replay.

Instead, when I got in the car I tuned into a local radio station where the host and various callers were proclaiming a clear win for Mr. Romney. Caller after caller, a consistent stream of them, said there was no doubt he’d “won”.

Then I arrived home and took a seat next to my husband, and started watching CNN. Within minutes, they flashed the numbers for their instant poll which showed President Obama at 46% and Mr. Romney at 39%. I heard the analysts calling that an Obama win — they could have been saying something else, but that’s what I heard them saying. This morning’s headline at CNN.com is less decisive: Split decision on debate.

At that point, with tired feet and sleepy eyes, I pondered heading to CSPAN to watch for myself, and decided against it. I was so tired… but I also just couldn’t face the animosity with a clear mind. So I went to bed.

We’re just getting started with our day out here in California, and you guessed it — I still haven’t seen that debate. It’s on my to-do list for today, after attending a Diocesan School Board meeting and stopping by my parish.

I’d intended to blog about my impressions, but instead am inviting you to share yours. I’m honestly interested in knowing what those of you who saw the debate thought. Hopefully you’ll point to clear moments that caught your attention, arguments that swayed you, and mistakes you caught. Reading your comments will help me watch with a sharper eye. I’d ask that you remain charitable towards one another. Thanks!

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  • http://www.createthespace.com Nancy Nemitz

    Mistakes I caught: Read the transcript of Rose Garden speech the day after four Americans were killed in Libya. The President did not call the attacks an act of terror. Drilling: Romney was correct on permits. The President did not answer the question about why his Secretary of Transportation is happy about gas prices being so high. Read what the Secretary has said about high gas prices. I like to go to the source rather than rely on spin.

  • http://www.createthespace.com Nancy Nemitz

    Oh, I used to judge speech and debate. These are not debates in the true sense of the word. I don’t like the format. The audience and the moderator are not unbiased. The questions were chosen by the moderator with her own agenda. The rules stated she was not to interject and ask her own questions or to give her opinion as she did on the Rose Garden speech. Most people are not verbal but visual learners. It would be helpful to have a fact night. How is the average person supposed to be able to make good decisions without the facts? One must search for the truth. Our citizenship depends on it.

    • lisahendey

      Nancy, thanks for chiming in – your comments are very helpful.


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