I no longer can objectively tell who wins these debates. I get so riled up in the drama of it, I just can’t judge. However, at least two people are calling it for Mitt:
Mitt Romney: Four debates. Four times Romney has wound up in the winner’s circle. It’s not a coincidence. Romney proved yet again that he is the best debater in this field with another solid performance in which he effectively downplayed his liabilities on health care and accentuated his strengths on jobs and the economy. Romney played more offense than he has in previous debates, taking the fight to Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Social Security. He also got a major assist from Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) and former senator Rick Santorum (Pa.), both of whom relentlessly bashed Perry. But that’s how debates work. Romney also, smartly, ignored the tea party audience in the hall — who occasionally booed him — and focused his messaging on the much broader audience of people watching the debate on CNN.
And then, Mark Halperin puts Romney at the top with his grading system (in their photo above). Is this the first time Mitt has gotten lower than an A in his life?
More analysis to come!