Not the Game Changer Obama Needed

By Fred Barnes, The Weekly Standard - October 17, 2012

Too bad for President Obama that he saved his aggressive performance for his second debate with Mitt Romney. If he had done as well in the first debate, the presidential race might look different today.

But it doesn't. That Obama was stronger last night doesn't mitigate the dire effects of the first nationally televised clash with Romney on Oct. 3. It's the first debate that matters most.  It usually has the biggest audience. It sets the stage for the subsequent debates and indeed for the rest of the campaign.  And in that debate, the president was a zombie. That's hard to overcome.

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