Five Reasons Why Obama Supporters Should Be Sort of Happy About Last Night's Debate
In the day-to-day horse race, it certainly doesn't look good for the Obama campaign, but, let's remember, American elections are marathons, not sprints. In fact, there's some good reasons why Obama supporters shouldn't be feeling totally dejected, and Romney supporters shouldn't be resting on the laurels of one debate.
1. Romney had the gaffe line that went viral.
Half the reason people even tune into these is in the hope that someone says something totally bizarre or stupid. Sadly, neither candidate delivered debate gaffe gold like "you forgot Poland," "rumors on the Internets" or "that one," but Romney had the line that went viral by declaring, "I love Big Bird" but saying he wants to cut funding to PBS. Of course, people quickly fired up Photoshop and seized on the line.
2. George W. Bush lost all his debates and still managed to win reelection.
Granted, the world was just pleased when Dubya managed to put coherent sentences together with correct pronunciation, but even with low expectations he was still deemed the loser of all three debates back in 2004. Didn't matter though, he still went on to reelection. In fact, there's a common line of thought among pollsters and political sciences that debates don't even matter that much.