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12:00 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 …
Jackie Koszczuk /
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 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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
CBS News:
Poll: Uncommitted voters say Romney wins debate  —  By a 2 to 1 margin, uncommitted voters crowned Mitt Romney the winner over President Obama in the first presidential debate in Debate, Colo., on Wednesday night, according to a 500-person instant poll taken by CBS News.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Obama's Stephanie Cutter knocks Lehrer  —  DENVER, Colo. — Obama spokesperson Stephanie Cutter took a swipe at moderator Jim Lehrer's largely passive debate performance tonight, saying the PBS anchor had allowed Mitt Romney to act as the moderator.  —  “I sometimes wondered if we even needed …
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
There Went the Boom
Discussion: GayPatriot and American Power
Ellen Carmichael / Twitchy:
Undecided voters in focus group swing sharply toward Romney; Frank Luntz: 'I've never seen anything …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Spin Room  —  I gather from brief glances at Twitter …
Discussion: The Impolitic and Politico
First Read:
First Thoughts: Romney helps himself
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
McCain surprised with Romney, Obama debate performances
Discussion: Politico
Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
Romney Makes the Most of His 47 Percent (Allotted Speaking Time)
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES and The Fix
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Priorities pollster: Romney gains on taxes, not likability
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Smartypants
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Obama the debater: Making Jimmy Carter look awesome
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Team Obama struggles as Romney wins big
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Obama camp promises tougher response to Romney in next debate
Daniel Larison / The American Conservative:   Romney Did As Well in the Debate As He Could Have Hoped
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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
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 …
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.
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CNN's Factcheck for the Ages  —  This was CNN's John Berman's quick factcheck on the dispute over whether Mitt Romney had anyway to pay for his $5 trillion tax cut for high income earners ...  Romney says he'll find a unicorn.  And if you take him at his word, the verdict is false.
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:   Romney Backs Away From Own Tax Plan
Boston Globe:
What did you think of the candidates' debate responses?  —  In a showdown at close quarters, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney sparred aggressively in their first campaign debate Wednesday night over taxes, deficits and strong steps needed to create jobs in a sputtering national economy.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Mitt Romney loves Big Bird, will kill funding for him anyway
Washington Post:
2012 presidential debate: President Obama and Mitt Romney's remarks in Denver on Oct. 3 (running transcript)
Bob Owens:
Discussion: Power Line
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: Politico and Gawker
Quinnipiac University:
Connecticut Senate Race Is Tied, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Obama Widens Lead Over Romney To 12 Points  —  The Connecticut U.S. Senate race is essentially tied up, with 48 percent of likely voters for Republican Linda McMahon and 47 percent for Democratic U.S. Rep. Christopher Murphy …
Discussion: CT News Junkie and Hotline On Call
Brian Anthony Hernandez / Mashable!:
KitchenAid Tweets Joke About Obama's Dead Grandma [UPDATED]  —  An insensitive tweet poking fun at President Barack Obama's late grandmother — posted on KitchenAid's official U.S. account — caught the eye of many Twitter users Wednesday night during the presidential debate.
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Geoffrey Dickens / blogs:
Exasperated NBC Reporters Whine: Why Didn't Obama Bring Up 47 Percent?
Discussion: and Althouse
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Media sycophants didn't help Obama
Stephanie Saul / New York Times:
A G.O.P. Operative Long Trailed by Voter Fraud Claims
Why Should Regulators Have to Listen to You?  —  The U.S. Bill …
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