For a man who has moderated numerous Presidential debates in the past, he Lehrer looked disoriented yesterday.
Did he get enough sleep?
Libs mad at Leaher for failing to throw Obama a life line as he thrashed around in the water.
Lehrer tried to help obama by suggesting the answers to the questions is the thing I noticed. Guess the Democrats are mad that didn’t work
I thought "dementia" as soon as I saw him. That diminished, frightened look in the eyes.
Lehrer was perfect and right on top of things.
Lehrer gave a nice long speech before the debate started, which you could’ve seen on cspan. What’s greatis he gave Obama the opportunity to filibuster, and Obama took it much to his detriment.
The debate format didn’t call for buzzers, bells, or hard time cut offs when the candidates went over their time.
Notice it’s mostly democratic isealogus who are complaining about the format, the moderator, and trying to explain away Obamas miserable performance last night.
Lehrer’s problem as a moderator came from his trying to favor Obama without being obviously unfair: he lost control of time by letting Obama ramble on unanswered, then (to seem fair once Romney insisted) giving Romney a chance to respond. Mostly it happened in the “first segment”. Once he was behind on time Lehrer was burdened with trying to make up time without cutting the candidates off.
he did look tired, but he always does as i remember.
One thing is certain and that is that Romney has an aggressive stand-in for Obama in debate practice. He also has an aggressive stand-in for the debate moderator since he is up against both of them.
It’s also very likely he will have stand-ins for the lame liberal town hall attendees he will face next time.
If there is another debate, and in my mind that is not certain, then the long knives will be out for Mitt... I think he is ready after what I saw last night.
He will attack the moderator aggressively next time IMO... because he will have to...this is something he has learned from Newt :-)
I’m glad the first and most important debate went so very well, the rest will mostly just have political junkies from both sides watching anyway.
After this humiliation Obama is going to do something very wicked very soon IMO. Lets hope the Romney super pacs are loaded for bear and ready. Lets also hope WW3 is not started as the ultimate diversion.
lehrer did fine. He coached obama a few times but to no avail. I very much liked the format of this debate and hope it’s used going forward. It was almost a real debate. I also liked the fact that there was no audience participation. It was just the candidates going man to (ahem)man.