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The final act of the endless campaign is the series of presidential and vice-presidential debates. Silver has shown that they make no difference if a candidate is this far behind. But television and newspapers need ‘eyeballs’, and they long for a dramatic comeback and a photo finish. So the media hubbub around the first debate on Wednesday night was Romney’s stunning ‘victory’ and, as the New York Times’ Bill Keller put it, Obama’s ‘debacle’.
It’s true that Romney was like a starved German shepherd on a short chain, completely ignoring the hapless moderator, Jim Lehrer, while Obama kept staring down at his notes with a weary, perplexed smile. He never snarled back. And yet – although almost no one shares this opinion – I think Obama, doing almost nothing, was the ultimate victor, rather like the martial arts master who throws no punches, but evades all blows until his opponent collapses from exhaustion.