The tables turned on Tuesday night, with the president scoring a decisive victory over a diminished Mitt Romney.
Some people will say I’m falling victim to a predictable media narrative (the champ falls down, only to rise again), but those critics are wrong. I’m not grading on a curve. President Obama won this debate convincingly.
Other people may complain about Candy Crowley’s moderating, the questions chosen to be asked by the crowd, and the disproportionate amount of time given to Obama. While those complaints have some merit, they didn’t affect the outcome of tonight’s debate. Good debaters can overcome those obstacles.
The key moment of tonight’s debate—one that will likely be replayed 20 years from now—came during a discussion about the administration’s handling of the Libyan embassy attack. This was an issue that Mitt Romney should have dominated, as the White House has been back on its heels when trying to defend its response.