October 09, 2012


Mood Changer

E.J. Dionne: "Personally, I am suspending judgment about the extent to which the debate helped Romney until we see a full round of polling from Ohio. The first Ohio polls contain positive news for Romney."

"But his most important achievement cannot be measured by polls. What he did was change the political mood -- of the media coverage, and of partisans on both sides. I've been in Ohio and Virginia over the past few days, and my utterly unscientific conversations suggest there is still too much talk about the debate for President Obama's own good."

"Moods matter because they shape decisions. Going into the debate, Romney looked like a loser. The coverage reflected that. Republican comments (usually off-the-record) reflected that. The rumors reflected that... All that has stopped. Obama supporters still don't expect him to lose, but they are fidgety and unhappy."










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