Wednesday night's L.A. Times live Twitter-slam during the presidential debate featured real-time opinions from the left, right and center. But how did our tweeters assess the performances of Mitt Romney and President Obama after it ended? To one degree or another, they all thought Romney came out on top, but that doesn’t mean they all thought he played fair or that his performance would tip the election. Here are some of their comments:
Charlotte Allen: It's clear as a Swarovski crystal that Romney won. I did think Obama did a pretty good job of resurrecting the affable, eloquent and reasonable-sounding Obama for whom many centrists voted in 2008 -- an Obama who has been largely replaced by a testy, irritable Obama who gets annoyed with journalists and lashes out at Republicans. But Romney bested him.
Doyle McManus: Bottom line: Romney won. The question now is whether Romney can turn one good night into four good weeks.
Mickey Kaus: Blame John Kerry! Did Obama's sparring partner not anticipate Mitt's move to moderation?
Harold Meyerson: Notwithstanding all of Romney's dubious points, he won the night. Entirely on performance, not substance, but in debates, performance counts.