Romney wins; Update: CBS insta-poll shows decisive Romney victory; Update: Romney crushes Obama in CNN insta-poll

posted at 10:44 pm on October 3, 2012 by Allahpundit

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. The Hill’s post-debate headline is “Romney lands punches against subdued Obama in first debate,” but that doesn’t remotely capture it. How bad was it for Team O? Dude:

More reaction from Twitter below. A rare moment of bipartisan consensus for America:






And the coup de grace of an unspinnably terrible night for the left:

Lisa Schiffren of NRO calls Romney’s performance “stellar” and Bill Kristol thinks it might be an inflection point. Next week’s polls should be awfully interesting. Back with more reaction links and some vid when I find a good clip.

Update: Endgame:

Update: A forlorn Bill Maher concedes Romney’s debate win while Kristol follows up by calling it the best performance by a Republican in more than 20 years. Mark Halperin calls it for Romney too, albeit not without a ridiculous bit of grade inflation for O.

Update: Via BuzzFeed, what’s the opposite of a leg tingle?

Update: You don’t need a poll to tell you who won this one, but this is gratifying:

Rachel Maddow claims there was no winner in this debate, which, when you adjust for the curve that MSNBC’s grading Obama on, confirms that this was an utter landslide for the GOP. Back to the drawing board for Team Hopenchange, says Chuck Todd.

Update: Andrew Sullivan, one of The One’s biggest fans, despairs:

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 for the key people he needs to reach, and his effete, wonkish lectures may have jolted a lot of independents into giving Romney a second look…

The person with authority on that stage was Romney – offered it by one of the lamest moderators ever, and seized with relish. This was Romney the salesman. And my gut tells me he sold a few voters on a change tonight. It’s beyond depressing. But it’s true.

Update: I knew O did badly, but I didn’t realize he did this badly. No wonder the CNN numbers look like this:


I hear that Frank Luntz’s focus group on Fox was also overwhelmingly pro-Romney but I haven’t seen vid yet. Please e-mail the link if you spot it online.

Update: More hints of a potential gamechanger:

Update: According to Dave Weigel, Romney’s 67 percent in the CNN insta-poll is the highest number they’ve ever recorded after a debate.

Update: Politico’s postgame piece captures the mood: “Massacre! Massacre!”

Romney’s aides and surrogates sprinted into the spin room to offer effusive assessments of their candidate’s performance, and Fox News contributor Juan Williams was caroling “Massacre! Massacre!” to himself as he bounded out of the men’s restroom. Obama’s team didn’t meet the press for a full 10 minutes — and one top Democrat, asked to say the best thing about the president’s performance, said Obama has been “just working to maintain cool and be reassuring” in an email to POLITICO.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 2 3 16

First?

Jackalope on October 3, 2012 at 10:45 PM

There’s a big rat being interviewed on NBC…answers by the name Axelrod.
Winning!

HornetSting on October 3, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Goo Lord. Why did we have to wait 4 years for this ?

J_Crater on October 3, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Obama’s Chickens came home to roost… and they shit on his head…

SWalker on October 3, 2012 at 10:47 PM

One candidate has a Harvard JD/MBA GPA of 3.97. On doesn’t. Sorry Soetoro.

BHO Jonestown on October 3, 2012 at 10:47 PM

HornetSting on October 3, 2012 at 10:46 PM

I’ll hornetsting you!

And I H8 ‘rats!

Lanceman on October 3, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Kicked it and danced.

nor on October 3, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Thanks Allahpundit

GW_SS-Delta on October 3, 2012 at 10:47 PM

How ya like it now, Eeyore? 8D

cynccook on October 3, 2012 at 10:47 PM

FOURTH!

Great job Mitt!

ADVANTAGE: Romney

NickTx on October 3, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Hemingway wins gold!!!!

ButterflyDragon on October 3, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Even Joan Walsh — JOAN WALSH — tweeted Romney won

I apologize to all the Mitt supporters — he impressed the hell out of me.

I was so nervous at first but he destroyed Obama

pamplonajack on October 3, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Amen Allah. For once I agree with a squish. Hands down no competition.

GADinSB on October 3, 2012 at 10:48 PM

My personal favorite moment was when Obama was asked about Simpson-Bowles, and why he hadn’t done anything with their recommendations. Obama was blathering on about how he had some “plan”, when Romney interrupted and noted: “But you’ve been President for four years!”

And Obama could do nothing but nod.

Standing eight-count.

Hayabusa on October 3, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Stephanie Cutter complaining about Jim Lehrer.

You know who complains about the refs (at least the professional refs).

Losers complain about the refs.

Stephanie Cutter, you, and your boss, are losers.

JohnGalt23 on October 3, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Romney said “I am the LION and you are my STEAK!”

sparkle motion on October 3, 2012 at 10:48 PM

I don’t have a horse in this race, but Romney’s romping home a clear winner tonight. #PMTdebate

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 4, 2012

Liar.

Lanceman on October 3, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Tonight was the reason why I tell people that politics is my football.

joekenha on October 3, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Romney clearly won this debate. In Obama’s defense it was the anniversary of his marrying Michelle Obama, so his downcast attitude is understandable.

sharrukin on October 3, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Yeah Mitt won. It was awesome to behold. Obama was on defensive the entire evening and it showed on his face.

Lightswitch on October 3, 2012 at 10:49 PM

I am very impressed with Romney. He really did good. Obama was pathetic.

portlandon on October 3, 2012 at 10:49 PM

HornetSting on October 3, 2012 at 10:46 PM

I’ll hornetsting you!

And I H8 ‘rats!

Lanceman on October 3, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Man, they will let ANYONE in this joint.
I H8 ‘rats too.

HornetSting on October 3, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Well done, Mr. Mittens.

Not a fan but –

Well done.

Bruno Strozek on October 3, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Romney wins

this battle, but not the war

DBear on October 3, 2012 at 10:49 PM

“Hands Down” … can’t improve on that AP.

ORrighty on October 3, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Kate Smith

gh on October 3, 2012 at 10:49 PM

My personal favorite moment was when Obama was asked about Simpson-Bowles, and why he hadn’t done anything with their recommendations. Obama was blathering on about how he had some “plan”, when Romney interrupted and noted: “But you’ve been President for four years!”

And Obama could do nothing but nod.

Standing eight-count.

Hayabusa on October 3, 2012 at 10:48 PM

People in the group here started doing the wave at the moment. For real.

cynccook on October 3, 2012 at 10:49 PM

I don’t think Romney could have done any better. One of my favorite lines was: “You are entitled to your own house, your own plane, but you are not entitled to your own facts.”

Romney won, hands down.

texanpride on October 3, 2012 at 10:49 PM

I mean, good freaking God but that was fun to watch.

Andrea Mitchell should have her mouth sewn shut. What a ****.

Sure is a good thing we nominated McCain in 2008.

Andy in Colorado on October 3, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Romney – A+

Obama – C- or incomplete once more, or present , whatever

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 3, 2012 at 10:50 PM

What Allah, no eeyore? It was that decisive? Damn, I thought so too.

The Honey Badger on October 3, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Romney was amazing, his opponent…not so much. Go R & R!

KateinCo on October 3, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Don’t worry guys, Andrea Mitchell is bringing us the Truth Squad.

Jackalope on October 3, 2012 at 10:50 PM

I H8 ‘rats too.

HornetSting on October 3, 2012 at 10:49 PM

But not cats.

Lanceman on October 3, 2012 at 10:50 PM

I agree Allah. You nailed it. It smelled and looked like #win for Mitt tonight. He brought the gun to the knife fight.

ted c on October 3, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Tonight was the reason why I tell people that politics is my football.

joekenha on October 3, 2012 at 10:48 PM

I used to explain my fixation with politics by comparing it with baseball.

Lightswitch on October 3, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Romney was having a blast. Like a kid on stage having a ball.

rickyricardo on October 3, 2012 at 10:50 PM

VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!

El_Terrible on October 3, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Suck it, trolls!

wargamer6 on October 3, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Pres. Smirk not so cute.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 3, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Maher had another zinger:

Romney looks more confident and energetic – he’s about a minute away from holding Obama down and cutting his hair. This better be ropeadope

I admit I laughed out loud.

JeffWeimer on October 3, 2012 at 10:51 PM

this battle, but not the war

DBear on October 3, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Don’t fret, DoucheBear. It was an illegal war or something.

Lanceman on October 3, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Barry is calling in the choomgang for medication!

tim c on October 3, 2012 at 10:51 PM

OK, let’s run the attack ads! I smell blood in the water!

Oil Can on October 3, 2012 at 10:51 PM

That was no ordinary win, my friends. That was a 1980 US Olympic Hockey team win.

tdpwells on October 3, 2012 at 10:51 PM

I didn’t watch but it seems like Mitt did well?

Thank The Lord.

PappyD61 on October 3, 2012 at 10:52 PM

See Mitt, it’s fun kickin’ you some SCOAMF a$$!

The Honey Badger on October 3, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Like I said on the other thread:

Way to bring a knife to a gunfight, Obama!

John the Libertarian on October 3, 2012 at 10:52 PM

I’m taking two hits of the good weed tonight!

ardenenoch on October 3, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Only thing Romney missed was Harry Reid and the Democrat Senate not doing one f’n thing for 3 years.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 3, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Good job Mitt. Ø got punked.

Red Creek on October 3, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Mitt was professional yet assertive, knowledgable, articulate, and delivered his messages with enthusiasm. Barry, by contrast was irritable, smug, defensive and had his usual air of entitlement to ramble on for as long as he liked. In short, he sucked. His bumps in the road have begun to bite him in the arse.

Slainte on October 3, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Romney certainly started much stronger than Obama. At about the mid-point I think Obama got his legs under him and started holding ground (the guy can pack a lot of BS into a single sibilance-whistling sentence, can’t he?) while Romney seemed to be getting just a tiny bit scattered (maybe coming off the adrenaline rush, maybe getting a tiny bit tired, maybe getting overwhelmed trying to track those BS storms). But I never sensed Obama was dominant, and Romney’s closing comment was quite strong. Interesting polls ahead, indeed.

Blacklake on October 3, 2012 at 10:52 PM

It was very wonkish. I had a hard time keeping up with it. The facts, and numbers were getting thrown around by both of them.

If us political junkies had a hard time following it, I can’t imagine how the low information voters saw this debate. Their heads were probably spinning.

But yes, Romney did show a very strong command of the issues. But in fairness, Obama is no dummy.

ericdondero on October 3, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Party moved over here, huh? ABC trying hard. Even asking the token GOP what Obama’s biggest win.

Answer: He put his pants on the right way around? Um, he was smart enough to ask Jim Lehrer for help? He knows how to pronounce “uh” properly?

Gingotts on October 3, 2012 at 10:52 PM

I didn’t watch but it seems like Mitt did well?

Thank The Lord.

PappyD61 on October 3, 2012 at 10:52 PM

I didn’t either.

Still watching Apollo 13.

For the 124th time.

Lanceman on October 3, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Chris Matthews just said Romney won.

Election is over people. MSNBC says Romney won.

The thrill is gone
It’s gone away for good
Oh, the thrill is gone baby
Baby its gone away for good
Someday I know I’ll be over it all baby
Just like I know a man should

J_Crater on October 3, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Don’t worry guys, Andrea Mitchell is bringing us the Truth Squad.

Jackalope on October 3, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Yep, I shut her off. I forced myself to listen to Obama’s voice. I couldn’t take anymore from that …… thing. Quite obviously, Obama won the debate, just listen to her.

Andy in Colorado on October 3, 2012 at 10:53 PM

I didnt see the entire thing, but considering MSNBC is saying it was a tie means Romney cleaned house.

Elchasebo on October 3, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Maher’s line was very funny.

rickyricardo on October 3, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Liberal heads exploding. Just like watching fireworks on the 4th of July! It’s be nice if my Comcast vid feed did not keep skipping.

IrishEyes on October 3, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Gave a donation tonight, even though I swore I wouldn’t. Good job, Mitt.

Fallon on October 3, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Really wish Kunta Krap could comment in this thread.

The Count on October 3, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Expect more of the same. Barry had flop sweat – and will have it again.

BHO Jonestown on October 3, 2012 at 10:53 PM

I didn’t watch but it seems like Mitt did well?

Thank The Lord.

PappyD61 on October 3, 2012 at 10:52 PM

I’m so glad Romney’s performance passed the muster of the almighty PappyD61.

Go crawl back in your hole, zealot. We’re just fine without you.

KingGold on October 3, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Matthews had a meltdown on MSNBC tonight. A lot of the Fox people are just acting dumb tonight. Listening to Hume and Wallace you can hardly tell who won the debate.

Wigglesworth on October 3, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Obama is a SCFOAMF. The debate WAS too boring to watch.

Valiant on October 3, 2012 at 10:53 PM

going to bed a happy camper!!!

yahoo!

cmsinaz on October 3, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Mitt to Obama: “You aren’t picking winners and losers you are picking losers.” PRICELESS

Dasher on October 3, 2012 at 10:53 PM

That wasn’t a debate so much as Mitt Romney just took Obama for a cross country drive strapped to the roof of his car.

LOL. That’s a keeper.

lorien1973 on October 3, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Barky and his freakin hands, twitch and Shrek Donkey smile were about to make me spew…

OkieDoc on October 3, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Comment of the night from my Facebook newsfeed:

I’m may a crazy liberal, but Romney is winning this.

One of many similar comments.

Well done, Mitt.

Good Lt on October 3, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Holy Sh*t that was a massive beatdown.

The Count on October 3, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Romney wins

this battle, but not the war

DBear on October 3, 2012 at 10:49 PM

It’s not going to get any easier. Next up Biden-Ryan. Then foreign policy. The ghost of Amb. Stevens is going to make an appearance.

But you keep thinking that if it makes you feel better. We wouldn’t want reality to make you feel bad.

kim roy on October 3, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Listening to Hume and Wallace you can hardly tell who won the debate.

Wigglesworth on October 3, 2012 at 10:53 PM

They are trying too hard not to gloat.

lorien1973 on October 3, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Oh, Romney wins all right. Whoa. Floor-wiping.

Also, hahahahahaha! Thanks, Mitt!

Gilda on October 3, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Interesting polls ahead, indeed.

Blacklake on October 3, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Gutmeandpokeme will find plenty of reliable polls showing obama 9,000 points ahead.

Lanceman on October 3, 2012 at 10:54 PM

I thought Obama was supposed to be smart. He got his ass kicked tonight, and kicked hard.

ted c on October 3, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Nice headline.

Axe on October 3, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Really wish Kunta Krap could comment in this thread.

The Count on October 3, 2012 at 10:53 PM

I’ll do it for him: Obama is +140 in 57 states. Romney is finished.

John the Libertarian on October 3, 2012 at 10:55 PM

And the quarterback IS toast.

Ben Hur on October 3, 2012 at 10:55 PM

The line of the night, IMHO, was when Romney talked about Obama spending $90 billion on alternative energy programs, most of which were his donors and also went bankrupt. He could have hired 1 million teachers for that!!! I sort of sets the trend for priorities.

bflat879 on October 3, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Time to send Obama back to the minors. I look for Michelle to spend time in Hawaii with interior decorators paid as campaign advisers.

meci on October 3, 2012 at 10:55 PM

And boom goes the dynamite!

WisCon on October 3, 2012 at 10:55 PM

I didn’t watch but it seems like Mitt did well?

Thank The Lord.

PappyD61 on October 3, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Very well.

He knocked it out of the park.

sharrukin on October 3, 2012 at 10:55 PM

three more nights to go.

Go Romney-Ryan!!!

PappyD61 on October 3, 2012 at 10:55 PM

I would have loved it if Romney had closed by saying something like “A few months back when Obama was meeting with he Russian President he whispered when he thought his mic was off ‘I’ll have more flexibility after the election.” Maybe at the next debate he could explain exactly what he meant by that to the American people. We’d all really love to know.

That would have been the mother of all closing remarks.

JellyToast on October 3, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Romney was debating an empty chair.

the_nile on October 3, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Chris Matthews just said Romney won.

Election is over people. MSNBC says Romney won.

The thrill is gone
It’s gone away for good
Oh, the thrill is gone baby
Baby its gone away for good
Someday I know I’ll be over it all baby
Just like I know a man should

J_Crater on October 3, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Matthews said Obama “didn’t bring his knife”. I wish I was sitting next to him because I would have said it wouldn’t have mattered because Romney brought a gun.

Wigglesworth on October 3, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Oh, I see where this headed. Kerry won the first debate in ’04 and Hillary beat him multiple times in the ’08 primary…

SoFlaCon on October 3, 2012 at 10:56 PM

It gets even better. The next debate is between Ryan and Biden. :-)

conservative pilgrim on October 3, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Mitt is peaking.

And THIS is where we can look back and see the bruising that Mitt went through last spring. He is now showing the agility, strength, resiliency, and preparation to hang tough and win a debate.

Mitt better thank Newt, Rick, Herman, et al.

ted c on October 3, 2012 at 10:56 PM

obamulost was schooled by Romney

Philo Beddoe on October 3, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha *deep breath* ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Keep it up, soon to be President Romney. Kick that arsewipe back to Chicago, and the clown car Axelturd and the rest of the flying monkeys as well.

Thomas More on October 3, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Really wish Kunta Krap could comment in this thread.

The Count on October 3, 2012 at 10:53 PM

No thanks. That’s libtard4life. She’s a fvcking idiot.

Lanceman on October 3, 2012 at 10:56 PM

‘October surprise’ now a certainty.
Gird your loins.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on October 3, 2012 at 10:56 PM

1 down 3 to go

don’t get too cocky

anything can still happen

but tonight….we dance!!!!!!!

cmsinaz on October 3, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Nobody on the tube is talking about O’s slip of the tongue “everybody gets their fair share” WTF????

rik on October 3, 2012 at 10:56 PM

There’s nothing Romney can say or do to get me on his side. He will always be the vanilla flip-flopping charlatan he has proven himself to be. Whether he can sweet talk his way into the White House is only a matter of Barrack Obama’s own blundering. Pretty ironic, actually.

The Nerve on October 3, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Comment pages: 1 2 3 16