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Romney was Kennedy—Obama was Nixon

MichaelStaker Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 9:38 AM
Mr. Stokes: Excellent article. You summarize what we all saw. 'In stark and stunning contrast, Jack Kennedy was consistently “attentive, alert, with a suggestion of a smile on his lips.' Sound familiar? That’s pretty much a description of every camera shot of Mitt Romney as he listened (and watched) Barack Obama." Nixon and Kennedy all over a again. Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Of course, Romney's substance was also greater--his words--and his style.

I will come to what I mean by the title of this column in a second—the connection between this year’s first presidential debate and the first ever such televised event more than five decades ago. But first, by all accounts, even those shared grudgingly, Mitt Romney left the University of Denver stage following the debate the other night as the clear winner. There was no knockout, but it was a lopsided decision on most scorecards.

Yet, as every Washington Redskins fan knows, what happens early in the contest is not nearly as important as what happens in the second half—and...