I think Candy Crowley was pissed for being assigned to the “less prestigious” debate, the one where the moderator is supposed to be practically invisible, and she wasn’t going to stand for it. She really overstepped.
Nate Silver at the NYT says the roundup of instant polls gives obama a “narrow edge” but cautions against over exuberance on the part of obama supporters: “ Debates sometimes look different in the rear-view mirror, depending on news media coverage, YouTube and cable news highlights, word of mouth, and subsequent developments on the campaign trail.” Yep, the big story this morning (Anderson Cooper even confronted Crowley about it last night on the air) is the moderator. Crowley gave obama 4 more minutes of time than Romney to talk — that’s 10% of the time, and she also put her finger on the scale for obama with her interjection (which she later had to admit to her colleague Anderson Cooper was false) that obama called the assassination of Ambassador Stevens terrorism within 24 hours of 9/11/12. He didn’t. Hillary did. But obama did not.
Focus group of undecided voters on MSNBC were actually more persuaded by Romney’s message than obama’s. Chris Matthews et al proceeded to call them stupid. And then there was the wild group of former obama voters in Frank Luntz focus group in Las Vegas who almost all switched sides to Romney after watching the debate. One even blurted out that “obama has been bullshitting the country” on live TV– LOL.
But of course the absolute best line of the night was when obama was lying and smearing Romney with accusations of having investments in Chinese companies (Romney’s investments are in blind trust and he has no idea which companies his money is invested in). Romney shot back, insisting that Obama also has investments in Chinese companies through his own pension etc.
Romney: “Mr. President, have you looked at your pension lately?”
Obama: “No, I don’t look at it very often. Yours is much bigger than mine.”
President Yours Is Much Bigger. It really explains a lot, actually.