CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I was interested to hear Megyn that women don’t like the kind of in-your-face fighting that we basically saw in the debate. I can’t speak for her gender, but I can speak on behalf of mine. We love this stuff. This was a boxing match, this was heavyweight. This was Frazier-Ali. Even the stage was sort of like an arena, a ring where they circled each other. At one point I thought they would sort of use their mikes as weapons, and it would turn into the Taiwanese Parliament where you get fantastic fistfights. Look, this was a very tough fight.
I think Romney did about as well as he did last time around, he made his points. Obama clearly had a good night, a much better night than the first night. You know, Woody Allen said showing up is 80% of life, well he was at the 80%. And I think on points, if you were scoring it’s on points, Obama wins on points. He made a lot of counter punches, a lot of accusations. He managed to get under Romney’s skin a little bit by referring to his wealth, ‘if you make $20 million a year,’ trying to make a point about taxes. But it’s a way to say you’re a rich guy, how will you understand the ordinary guy? I thought there is a point where Romney did really well, I think all of us agree, that was on the larger general issue on the failure of this administration.
When Romney went large, he did well. When Romney went small, trying to answer each point here and there, I think Obama got the better of him. But there was one critical issue in this debate. The Libya question. Obama was at sea. He was asked about the security in Libya and Benghazi, he didn’t try to answer because he had no answer. Instead he went on about how we’re going to catch these guys. Romney, I think had a huge opening that he missed. Obama ended by saying, you know, ‘I’m offended by the implication we’d mislead.’ The obvious retort was, ‘Mislead? You sent out your UN ambassador to mislead America on five television shows in one morning implying it’s about a video, talking about a riot. There was none. There wasn’t a video in this issue in Benghazi.’