Keller @ Large: Mission Accomplished For Romney; Obama Similar To Valentine

October 4, 2012 7:00 AM
Keller @ Large: Mission Accomplished For Romney; Obama Similar To Valentine
" BOSTON (CBS) – It’s a safe bet that Bobby Valentine is not coming back to manage the Red Sox next season. And while President Obama’s fate won’t be determined for another five weeks, he may well have free time to go bike riding with Valentine, if Wednesday night’s debate performance was any indication.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

Download: kelleratlargeoct42012.mp3

Only the most ardent Obama loyalist could have watched or listened to that debate and not noticed the glaring difference between the energy level and preparation of the two candidates.

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The pressure was on Mitt Romney to take charge of the debate, go on offense, and prove he belonged on the same stage.

Mission accomplished, although it wouldn’t surprise me if the polls show only modest movement in the next few days, due to the contrast between Romney’s somewhat agitated body language and the president’s usual calm demeanor.

Stuff like that matters to casual followers of politics, and those are, for the most part, the voters still up for grabs.

Mr. Obama opened the debate by declaring it was not about the past, but about the future "

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