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1:25 PM ET, October 4, 2012

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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging The First Presidential Debate 2012  —  10.31 pm.  Look: you know how much I love the guy, and you know how much of a high information viewer I am, and I can see the logic of some of Obama's meandering, weak, professorial arguments.  But this was a disaster for the president …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Romney's Successful Debate Plan: Lying  —  Political reporters and pundits lean heavily on the horse race method of coverage, which has badly hurt Mitt Romney for most of the campaign.  Last night it helped him.  Romney was forceful and articulate and dodged his association with almost all the most unpopular aspects of his platform.
Paul Krugman:
Romney's Sick Joke  —  OK, so Obama did a terrible job in the debate, and Romney did well.  But in the end, this isn't or shouldn't be about theater criticism, it should be about substance.  And the fact is that everything Obama said was basically true, while much of what Romney …
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Top Romney Adviser: States Will Have To Cover People With Pre-Existing Conditions Under President Romney  —  After the first presidential debate at the University of Denver in Colorado on Wednesday night, one of Mitt Romney's top advisers acknowledged that, as a result Romney's plan to repeal Obamacare …
Jackie Koszczuk / NationalJournal.com:
Liberals Livid With Obama's Debate Performance  —  How bad was it for Obama Wednesday night?  Even some of his biggest fans were livid that he let Mitt Romney walk away with a win, and they were not suffering in silence.  —  Within an hour of the debate ending, liberals and longtime Democratic operatives …
CNN:
CNN Poll: Most watchers say Romney debate winner  —  Denver, Colorado (CNN) - 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.
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Chris Matthews Freaks Out At Obama: “What Was He Doing?”  —  “Tonight wasn't an MSNBC debate tonight, was it?”  Chris Matthews said after the first Obama-Romney presidential debate concluded on Wednesday night.  —  “I don't know what he was doing out there.  He had his head down, he was enduring the debate rather than fighting it.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Polls Show a Strong Debate for Romney  —  Instant-reaction polls conducted by CNN and CBS News suggest that Mitt Romney was the winner of the first presidential debate.  —  A CNN poll of debate-watchers found Mr. Romney very clearly ahead, with 67 percent of registered voters saying he won the debate …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
It's Over  —  I've been watching presidential debates for quite a few years, but I have never seen one like this.  It wasn't a TKO, it was a knockout.  Mitt Romney was in control from the beginning.  He was the alpha male, while Barack Obama was weak, hesitant, stuttering, often apologetic.
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
In Domestic Debate, Mitt Romney Shakes The Etch-a-Sketch  —  US President Barack Obama (R) greets Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (L) following the first presidential debate at Magness Arena at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado, October 3, 2012.
BuzzFeed:
How Mitt Romney Won The First Debate  —  By standing on the stage with the president as an equal.  —  Image by Rick Wilking / Reuters  —  Mitt Romney, trailing in the polls, needed to prove tonight that he could stand on stage with President Barack Obama as an equal and a plausible president of the United States.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama campaign: Adjustments will be made in debate strategy  —  Adjustments will have to be made in President Obama's debate strategy, his advisers said Thursday, the morning after the president stumbled in his first showdown with Mitt Romney.  —  David Axelrod, Obama's senior campaign strategist …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
At Last Night's Debate: Romney Told 27 Myths In 38 Minutes  —  Pundits from both sides of the aisle have lauded Mitt Romney's strong debate performance, praising his preparedness and ability to challenge President Obama's policies and accomplishments.  But Romney only accomplished this goal by repeatedly misleading viewers.
Bloomberg:
Mitt Romney Just Made This Campaign Competitive Again
Discussion: National Review
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
There Went the Boom
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Return of Massachusetts Mitt
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Spin Room  —  I gather from brief glances at Twitter …
Discussion: The Impolitic and Politico
Ellen Carmichael / Twitchy:
Undecided voters in focus group swing sharply toward Romney; Frank Luntz: 'I've never seen anything …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Mitt Gets Away With It—For Now
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
McCain surprised with Romney, Obama debate performances
Discussion: Politico
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Obama camp promises tougher response to Romney in next debate
CNN:
KitchenAid apologizes for tweet insulting Obama  —  (CNN) - The home appliance brand KitchenAid apologized Wednesday evening for a political tweet sent out from its official account during the presidential debate.  —  The tweet has been removed but at least a dozen retweets of the post showed it read …
Discussion: HyperVocal, Politico and Gawker
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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
KitchenAid Jokes: Obama's Grandmother Was Lucky She Died Before He Became President  —  The company KitchenAid is primarily involved in the business of making cakes.  But their Twitter account stirred up some political ire last night when it tweeted a “joke” about President Obama's dead grandmother.
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Press Critics Pile On Jim Lehrer's Debate Performance  —  Jim Lehrer, the executive editor of PBS' “NewsHour,” moderated his 12th presidential debate on Wednesday, sitting on the sidelines as Mitt Romney and President Obama dominated the program and steamrolled the veteran newsman whenever he attempted to interject.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Media piles on moderator Jim Lehrer
Mstech / Priorities USA Action:
RESEARCH MEMO: Results Of Dial Group Session In Aurora, CO.  —  M E M O R A N D U M  —  TO: Priorities USA Action FROM: Geoff Garin, Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group  —  RE: Results Of Dial Group Session In Aurora, CO.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Smartypants
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Priorities pollster: Romney gains on taxes, not likability
Discussion: Weekly Standard
The Fix:
Networks, AP cancel exit polls in 19 states  —  Breaking from two decades of tradition, this year's election exit poll is set to include surveys of voters in 31 states, not all 50 as it has for the past five presidential elections, according to multiple people involved in the planning.
Discussion: The Hill, AEIdeas and Taylor Marsh
 
 
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Madeleine Morgenstern / TheBlaze.com:
AL GORE ACTUALLY BLAMES HIGH ALTITUDE IN DENVER FOR OBAMA'S DEBATE PERFORMANCE
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Romney Won by Being Himself (and Obama Lost for the Same Reason)
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Speaking of Debate Losers ...
Geoffrey Dickens / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Exasperated NBC Reporters Whine: Why Didn't Obama Bring Up 47 Percent?
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Althouse
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Media sycophants didn't help Obama
Quinnipiac University:
Connecticut Senate Race Is Tied, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Obama Widens Lead Over Romney To 12 Points
Discussion: CT News Junkie and Hotline On Call
Bob Owens:
How bad was Romney's beat-down of Obama tonight?
Discussion: Power Line
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CNN's Factcheck for the Ages