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.