Thursday, October 25th, 2012 07:27:59

Too Much Bluster, Too Late for Obama

Debates are high-pressure, high-risk events, and they often offer low rewards. A candidate’s first goal is not to win the debate, but rather not to lose — to do no harm to the campaign. A simple misstep can change the course of an election.

The first debate was a clear win for former Gov. Romney, who appeared more interested and engaged than President Obama, who appeared aloof, disinterested and arrogant. The difference in their performances — each standing at a lectern — enabled Romney to gain momentum in the polls.