No. of Recommendations: 3

I watched it live, and Romney looked much more comfortable. Obama used one too many references to his poor first debate, IMO. Romney's line about the letter 'O' and the number '16 trillion' was easily the funniest line of the night; I laughed out loud. Obama's funniest line was probably his 'spoiler alert - we got bin Laden.'

Romney was funnier and more affable -- probably at least an 8 out of 10. I'll be charitable and give Obama a 6 (5 seems more reasonable, but it's Friday).

As challenger, Romney had much more to gain, since some probably still think he's stiff and a robot. He isn't, and he proved that convincingly. A great opportunity for him, and he killed it. If someone had no prior knowledge of either candidate and saw the candidates for the first time last night, they would definitely rather have a beer with Romney. Now, everyone has preconceptions and biases, but Romney's continued outperformance relative to Obama will have a cumulative and positive effect on the remaining undecided voters. Subconsciously, at least, principled determination and a belief in the fundamental goodness of America and its people will resonate far better than a snarky veneer over a contemptuous petulance and narcissistic arrogance.
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