Obama bests Romney for second time -- but was Mitt's Denver win the only one that matters?

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Video below.
Most observers believe that Barack Obama won last night's third and final presidential debate, giving him his second win in a row over Republican nominee Mitt Romney. But much of the post-debate analysis suggested that this victory won't matter much in the cosmic scheme of things. The theory: Romney's decisive triumph in Denver earlier this month reset the race, and the results of subsequent face-offs are unlikely to change things much. Why not?

For one thing, viewership of last night's match-up was down, and down considerably, from that of the pairing at the University of Denver, thanks to the subject matter (foreign policy, hardly the hottest topic of campaign season) and some seriously attractive counter-programming: the Monday Night Football tilt between the Chicago Bears (featuring ex-Broncos Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall) and the seventh and deciding game of the National League Championship Series, in which the San Francisco Giants sent the St. Louis Cardinals packing.

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Obama during debate number two.
Moreover, Romney's Denver performance was perfectly timed, giving undecided voters who may not have been paying attention to the contest up until that point a positive impression. Such folks likely didn't realize Romney was changing many of the positions he'd been running on for months -- something he did last night as well, when he wasn't pivoting to the economy or overusing the word "tumult." And since most of them probably aren't political junkies, they may have skipped the other debates whether or not there was more entertaining stuff on other channels.

Besides, those who tuned in last night didn't see a Romney implosion along the lines of a declaration that during the next war he starts, he'll institute a draft focusing on the 47 percent of America feeding from the government teat. He managed to avoid big mistakes by steering clear of bold initiatives or attacks on Obama administration actions he didn't seem to understand terribly well. And that may have been enough.

An AP story about the debates spotlighted two watch parties in Denver -- one primarily attended by Republicans, the latter principally a Democratic affair. The piece notes that the GOP crowd's attention began to drift toward the football game at about the midpoint of the back-and-forth, while the Dems were more tuned in throughout and happy with the results. But given the short-attention span from which so many of us suffer these days, they were likely the exceptions.

In our post-DU debate analysis, we asked the following: "Could the results put Denver in the position of unmaking the presidency of a man the city helped to put there in the first place?" Despite Obama's comebacks in debates two and three, the question remains valid.

Here's last night's debate in its entirety.

More from our Politics archive: "Videos: Obama cites Aurora theater shooting in second debate with Romney."

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voter
voter

It doesn't matter which guy wins, the polarized politics with democrats and republicans refusing to work together is killing america and neither person will change that alone.  There was a time that politicians found common ground in their differences but now it seems like "blame the other guy" is all we hear about.  We need teamwork and cooperation in politics.  I say we go back to days of making the runner-up the vice president and make these two guys with different views work together!  Make all politicians swear under oath that they will be cooperative and diplomatic with their peers and end the political gridlock across the country.

Derek Keel
Derek Keel

Flipped between Cards/Giants and debate

Garrett Salberg
Garrett Salberg

Wtf? U guys like the puppetshow huh? An american voting for either is like livestock deciding which slaughterhouse to go to. They're the same dude. And both love the NDAA, thewhat military industrial complex, and killing people overseas while we're blinded by fake news.

Kevins_Mom
Kevins_Mom

Mormonism is crazy. Almost as crazy as $cientology.

 

Who wants a crazy person in the White House?

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

debates do not decide elections. Especially when Cnn called the last one a debate that will change presidential debates forever because of how ridiculous both candidates acted. these debates have been more of these two talking shit to each other than any voter info at all. Bottom line is that NO PRESIDENT has ever been re elected with this high of consistent unemployment and this bad of an economy since FDR.... those are the things people vote over. And that is why the CU election forecast machine thats been correct since 1980 says Romney will win

Bill Black
Bill Black

That's the best thing about Obama's America ... I actually have three tv's and watched them all. How? Multitasking. A Republican would never think of watching three tv's and they don't multitask well. Vote yes on 64. Vote yes on Obama.

Scott Amelang
Scott Amelang

Come on Colorado....America needs you....Turn it RED..ROMNEY..!!

Marilynn Morgan Hill
Marilynn Morgan Hill

None of the above. Spent the night playing chess with my 12 year old boy and 14 year old daughter. It was a most excellent adventure!

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

 @Kevins_Mom obamas dad was born and raised muslim....and he himself practiced islam til his mother remarried......look it up before you say thats bullshit cause its not......id much rather have a satanist in the whitehouse than anyone who had anything to do with the most murderous religion on the planet.. mormons may have strange beliefs...but all religions do. trust me youll survive a mormon president.

Kevins_Mom
Kevins_Mom

@rockiesfever

If a coin toss comes up tails 20 times in a row, what are the odds that the next toss will be heads?

 

btw, there have only been 15 presidential election since FDR.

15 is not a sufficient sample size for any meaningful determination.

 

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

 @Kevins_Mom wait, your saying one third of all of the presidents we have had is not a "sufficient sample size"??? then what is?? lol thats some wishful thinking there kevins mom.... sorry, i know youd agree if the numbers were in favor of obama...but their not....

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