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8:40 AM 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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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.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
BuzzFeed:
Chris Matthews Unloads On Obama: “Where Was Obama Tonight...What Was He Doing?”  —  Chris Matthews Unloads On Obama's Debate Performance  —  “Where was Obama tonight?  What was he doing?”  —  Andrew Kaczynski  —  a half hour ago  —  10 responses
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
There Went the Boom  —  I've been getting more and more cautiously optimistic about Romney in the last few days and, going in, I had a pretty good feeling about tonight's debate.  But I had no expectation that Romney would simply control the night the way he did.
Discussion: American Power
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Romney wins; Update: CBS insta-poll shows decisive Romney victory; Update: Romney crushes Obama in CNN insta-poll  —  I said in the open thread that the media would strain to spin this as an Obama victory, but I assumed that he'd give them something, however small, to work with.  He gave them nothing.
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.
Ellen Carmichael / Twitchy:
Undecided voters in focus group swing sharply toward Romney; Frank Luntz: 'I've never seen anything like this'; CBS post-debate poll shows big win for Romney … Tonight, pollster Frank Luntz assembled a focus group consisting of undecided Colorado voters.  By the end of tonight's debate …
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT and Michelle Malkin
Mike Flynn / BREITBART.COM:
POLITICO: ROMNEY UP 4 IN ‘TOSS UP’ STATES  —  This week, Politico released its latest Battleground poll of the presidential race.  Despite coming from the left-wing news site, the poll is one of my favorites.  Its put together by respected pollsters from both parties, makes available …
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Dem Debate Meltdown: Stumbling Obama Surrogate Speaks Of ‘President Romney’  —  How resounding was Mitt Romney's rout of Barack Obama tonight?  In the post-debate spin room, a hopelessly muddled Martin O'Malley, Dem guv from Maryland and supposedly an Obama surrogate, wound up referring to “President Romney”!
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 …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Spin Room  —  I gather from brief glances at Twitter and initial reaction at NBC that Mitt won pretty big on style points.  —  A lot of progressives are beside themselves that Obama didn't mention Bain Capital, didn't mention the 47%, didn't mention the Ryan Budget (except indirectly) …
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Incumbent Debate Curse: Barack Obama Falls to Mitt Romney
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Polls: Romney dominated debate
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Team Obama struggles as Romney wins big
CBS News:
Poll: Uncommitted voters say Romney wins debate
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools and News Desk
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Romney addresses Obama, Obama addresses Lehrer at first debate
Discussion: Reuters
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama fails to mention Bain, ‘47 percent’
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
First Round to Romney  —  Republican presidential candidate …
Richard Adams / Guardian:
First US presidential debate: Obama and Romney - as it happened
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Aggressive Romney blasts Obama for his ‘trickle down government’
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Obama and Romney Clash in First Debate
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Riehl World News
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Backs Away From Own Tax Plan  —  At the first presidential debate in Colorado Wednesday night, former Gov. Mitt Romney disputed a central criticism of his tax reform plan — and appeared to disavow one of its central features.  —  Responding to President Obama's description of Romney's proposal …
Discussion: The New Republic
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Jim Lehrer / ABCNEWS:
Presidential Debate Transcript
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Romney Hits Obama on ‘Trickle-Down’ Approach
Discussion: Reuters and Politico
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Drudge  —  For years, I was a big reader of Drudge.  Was never a fan of Drudge, though I recognized his entrepreneurial acumen.  In fact, I despised most everything that he stood for, from rancid politics to integrity free journalism, the endless lying.  But I visited the site ALL THE TIME.
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 …
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: Politico
BBC:
Turkey renews strikes on Syria  —  Turkey's territory has been hit by fire from Syria on several occasions since the uprising against Mr Assad began, but Wednesday's incident was the most serious.  —  In a statement, the office of Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said …
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Michael Knox Beran / National Review:
Dubious Oracles  —  Mitt Romney will probably lose the debate tonight.
Discussion: GayPatriot
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Fact check: Romney repeats erroneous claims on healthcare
Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
The right's desperate display
Discussion: Mario Piperni dot Com
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama aides concede Romney won on ‘style’
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog
New York Times:
Obama and Romney, in First Debate, Spar Over Fixing the Economy
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