Andrew Sullivan tonight told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, “I’m bloody elated he’s back,” speaking of President Obama‘s debate performance. Sullivan is the conservative Obama-supporting journalist and “Daily Dish” blogger for The Daily Beast who had a meltdown after Obama lost the first debate.
“I saw the president I thought I knew and I didn’t see last time. I am bloody elated, put it that way, that he’s back and he’s got the momentum,” Sullivan said tonight. He then went through a list of Obama accomplishments.
“I saw the person I first saw in 2007,” Sullivan said, excitedly. I saw the guy I watched get health care reform passed. I saw the guy who listed the ban on gays in the military. I saw the guy who turned the economy around tonight.”
“Every ball that Obama could have hit and missed, he hit this time. I’m thrilled.”
Sullivan also made a point of calling Romney out for his sexist treatment of Candy Crowley.
Sullivan tonight also wrote at The Daily Dish:
To my mind, Obama dominated Romney tonight in every single way: in substance, manner, style, and personal appeal. He came back like a lethal, but restrained predator. He was able to defend his own record, think swiftly on his feet, and his Benghazi answer was superb. He behaved luke a president. He owned the presidency. And Romney? Well, he has no answers on the math question and was exposed. He was vulnerable on every social issue, especially immigration. And he had no real answer to the question of how he’d be different than George W Bush.
I’m excitable – but sometimes politics is about emotion as well as reason. And my view is that Obama halted Romney’s momentum in its tracks and his performance will bring women voters in particular flooding back. He’s just more persuasive. On watching with the sound off – apart from weird gaps in the CSPAN coverage – Obama did not grin like Biden; he smiled confidently, leaning forward. Within twenty minutes, Romney looked flush and a little schvitzy.
Game, set and match to Obama. He got it; he fought back; he gave us all more than ample reason to carry on the fight.
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