The first presidential debate focused on "domestic policy." Tonight's presidential debate will focus on "foreign policy." I'm going to focus on the fact that this distinction is ridiculous.
3.1 percentage points. That's the swing towards Mitt Romney in the Real Clear Politics average of polls between October 3rd, the day of the first debate, and today. The question tonight is whether Barack Obama can get some of those percentage points back, and if so, how many.
They say that to see who won a debate, watch it with the sound off. But if you want to understand what was said at a debate, you need to read it slowly. So here's the transcript.
Over the past few years, I've spent a good number of hours arguing policy with Ryan, and an even larger number of hours trying to understand his policies. So what have I learned?
The debates probably won't affect the election. And if they do, it'll be the media coverage of them that tips the scale.
Romney is behind in the polls. He's behind in the election forecasts. He didn't get a convention bump. And about those debates...