Like last week, I think the Democrats scored a narrow win in the latest debate. Joe Biden was feistier than Paul Ryan last week and President Barack Obama was energetic and passionate last night, although Mitt Romney was again very strong. A CNN snap poll shows a narrow Obama edge. But I wonder, does it matter anymore?
I think voters’ attitudes, many of which were affected by the first debate, have hardened since. The aggressive Obama, as well as the aggressive and boorish Biden, are not moving voters back. At best they are re-energizing some Democrats who were demoralized after the Oct. 3 presidential debate.
Many of my liberal friends will completely ignore this Frank Luntz focus group from last night. It possesses the sin of coming from Fox News, but it shows that a majority of former Obama supporters, now undecided, were more impressed with Romney after the debate.
We’ll know by Friday if Obama gained any advantage from the second debate. In my opinion, what may dominate the news cycle is a gaffe on Libya made by debate moderator, Candy Crowley, which she more or less fessed up to afterwards. The next debate is Monday. Expect another close, energetic, contentious encounter with a lot more about Libya, given that the topic is foreign affairs.