Answer: we don’t know. It is THE identifying feature of modern presidential debates that the debate itself doesn’t matter nearly as much as the debate ABOUT the debate. The snarking blogosmear is out of the box first, aided and abetted by old tabloid reporter Ben Smith (who rather disingenuously walks his headline back throughout his “me first! I got my headline up first!” posting):
No way to link to this snapshot of memeorandum
My take is only this: Mitt Romney has shown himself a man who will stop at nothing — not laws, not rules, not manners — to get what he wants. And he’s willing to do anything to get it.
I guess rudeness doesn’t matter to anyone anymore?
And, of course, Mitt and the Truth aren’t on speaking terms. No one knows what the Truth did that hurt Mitt’s feelings so deeply.
If that’s your idea of “presidential” may god have mercy on your soul.