October 17, 2012
As the dust settles on the second debate, one thing is clear. The loser in each debate was the candidate who thought it was more important to win the battle over facts than the war of ideas. Romney won the first debate by projecting a positive confidence, while Obama got mired in wonky and long-winded explanations. In the second debate, Obama presented positive and pithy narratives, while Romney angrily fought back with facts and statistics.
In both debates, the litigator lost; the orator, won.