Peggy Noonan writes today about The Year the Debates Mattered:
The presidential debates this year have been more consequential than such debates have ever been.
They’ve been historic, shifting the mood and trajectory of the race. They’ve been revealing of the personalities and approaches of the candidates. And they’ve produced a new way in which winners and losers are judged. It’s a two-part wave now, the debate and the postdebate, and you have to win both.
We were sitting here talking about Romney’s huge surge in the polls and wondering why…Of course, Romney won the first debate and actually won the second on the points that mattered – but in reality, he really wasn’t doing or saying anything that he hadn’t said before…and then the light bulb of inspiration came on (it is an incandescent bulb). Mrs. Utah said:
I think the reason that the debates have mattered this year because there were a lot of things discussed at the debates that the media hasn’t reported. When people heard about things like Benghazi, they went and looked it up and started finding out what was really happening. That caused them to decide that Romney was right.
I couldn’t actually believe it because I don’t operate that way, I read at least part of 8 newspapers from around the world every day and check about 20 websites, left, middle and right, every day as well. I just couldn’t conceptualize that people could have actually not known about something as consequential as the Benghazi affair – until I saw this:
Maybe the Missus is right after all.