NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Opinion

October 5, 2012

Romney's performance tightens the race

(Continued)

There’s been no lack of debate post-mortems, this being one of the many I have responded to over a lifetime. Invariable, sitting presidents hope to be able to accent the positive of their terms of office without having to stretch reality too thin.

I believe it’s fair to say that Obama got more than he asked for in his first term. But so did we all. Much of it has not gone down well, and the fallout is shared by both parties.

That’s the climate in which this first debate took place, and it’s not likely to change in the two to follow. Neither are the positions of the candidates, or of the great majority of voters who have already committed their support.

Much can happen in the very short time between now and November, but there is no doubt that this week’s debate set the stage for what has surprisingly become as tight a race as we have had in recent years.

¢¢¢

Bill Plante is a staff columnist and a Newbury resident.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

NDN Video
'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years
Special Features
NRA Waterfront Plans